2017 Wings at the Waterpark

It’s another summer, so that means it’s almost time for another Wings at the Waterpark! We love this event and look forward to it every year! Also, you get to see yours truly manning the voting boxes. What more could you want?!

If you haven’t heard of Wings at the Waterpark before, let us break it down for you. This is the fourth year for the event, which is happening July 30. Every year there are tons of great wing choices from various restaurants around the NEPA area. It only costs $20 if you pre-order your tickets ($25 dollars the day of, $10 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under) to sample every wing from each restaurant that participates. Most places bring more than one wing. It’s the best way to sample tons of great wings from awesome places in NEPA. For full details and to keep an eye out for the pre-order tickets, head over to the 2017 Wings at the Waterpark Facebook Page.

This year, they are doing a special VIP session where you get early access to all the wings as well samples of craft beer from Ace Beverage Co. Nothing goes together like wings and craft beer!

If you’re a wing vendor, there’s still time to sign up! Vendors have a chance to win four different categories: Best Wings in NEPA, Best Boneless Wings in NEPA, Craziest, and Hottest. All categories are voted on by the very people at the event. Don’t miss this opportunity to show everyone what you can bring to the table! Use the Facebook Page link above to see how you can enter.

So far, the vendors include:

  • Bud’s Bar & Grill
  • Happy Valley Sports Bar
  • The V Spot
  • Waldo’s Tavern
  • Andy Gavin’s Eatery & Pub
  • Slocum Hollow
  • DeLeo’s Tavern
  • Drinker Pizza
  • Nonno’s Pizza & Family Restaurant

Vendors are being added all the time, so check out Facebook for the latest additions.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

On a side note, we push to have the Lazy River filled with wing sauce for the event every year. We have not received confirmation that this would be happening, but we have not received confirmation that it would not be happening, so keep your fingers crossed!

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Beer Boys

Beer Boys 6.15.17

Basic Information:

Location: 176 N Washington St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Phone number: (570) 820-0555
Normal Wing Price: $9.75 for an order of 12
Wing Night: Thursday
Wing Night Price: 60 cents
Wing flavors*: Mild, Hot, Cajun, Honey BBQ, Butter & Garlic, Mild Garlic, Hot Garlic, Old Bay, Mild & Blue Cheese, Hot & Blue Cheese, Cajun & Ranch, Hot Honey Bacon, Honey BBQ & Cajun, Jesus Sauce, Red Chili Sauce, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Diablo 80%, Chipotle
*Wings can be ordered deep fried or smoked with the sauce on the side

Overall Rating: 75

Lynch’s Rating: 36 out of 50

Environment: 10
Beer Boys is a restaurant/bar in Wilkes-Barre that has been established for quite a while, although when we decided to take the trip, it was my first time ever hearing of the place. When we arrived, I was surprised I haven’t heard of it before because it was right up my alley. You enter into a large bar/dining area with a big, square bar right in the center. Beer Boys certainly lives up to their name by offering a huge selection of craft beer on draft and in cans or bottles. In addition to the indoor area, Beer Boys offers a large covered bar area with huge doors that can be opened or closed depending on the weather. On top of all that, they have a completely outdoor area with high-top tables to enjoy some outdoor eating. With the weather being so nice, we decided to dine outside. There is no table service, so head up to the bar to garb a menu and place your order. The bartender who took my order was friendly and helpful in case I had any questions about the wing sauces. We went with a larger group of people and most of us ordered wings. Even with all those orders going into the system, the wings came out pretty fast, which was a pleasant surprise. If you haven’t been to Beer Boys before, definitely give it a try if you’re into craft beer, wings, and outdoor seating.

Wing Size: 4
While Beer Boys excels in most categories, they are a bit lacking when it comes to wing size and price. On wing night, which is a Thursday, Beer Boys offers 60 cent wings. They do have a minimum order of 6, which could limit the variety of flavors you can order. It may actually even out though because you will need to order more wings than normal to fill up, meaning that if you usually order 15, you should be able to handle 18.

Wing Flavors: 9
Beer Boys offers a large variety of flavors. In fact, you could argue that the flavor list is actually double that because they offer their wings either deep fried or smoked. I really dig that they allow you to choose between to different preparations for wings. On top of that, Beer Boys offers a good amount of flavors. In addition to your classics like Hot and Butter & Garlic, they create some unique flavors and combination of flavors that are just dynamite.

Wing Taste (x2): 7
Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the wings I ordered at Beer Boys. Once I saw that they offered a smoked wing, I immediately knew I was going to order at least one wing order smoked. With the smoked wings, they put the sauce on the side, so I ordered plain Hot with mine. The smoked wings themselves were a bit of a letdown. There is a bit of a dry rub on them with a pretty good flavor, but didn’t really get any smokiness from the wing itself. The Hot sauce made up for it though by providing the right level of spice with a tasty zip to it. The Cajun & Ranch was a sauce that combined the spices of Cajun with some ranch flavoring. It was hard to tell what the base sauce was because it didn’t quite seem like Ranch dressing, and it didn’t quite seem like a hot sauce. It had a decent Cajun flavoring with a strong black pepper taste. It lacked a little bit in the ranch department though. I tried a friend’s Honey BBQ & Cajun, which I recommend over the Cajun & Ranch, even though I’m generally not a BBQ dude. The Hot Honey Bacon was an interesting wing. It had a nice hot sauce taste that was only slightly spicy along with a hint of smokiness in the sauce. It certainly wasn’t overly sweet, but I felt like it could have used a bit more bacon flavor. Maybe that was the smokiness I got from the sauce. Finally, I ordered the Chipotle. This was the best of the bunch. It was a nice orange-colored sauce packed full of great flavor. Again, I got a slight smokiness from this wing as well, most likely from the chipotle pepper, which I loved. I just wish these wings had a bit more of that chipotle sauce on them.

Serniak’s Rating: 39 out of 50

Environment: 9
You want to wrangle in the NEPAWingmen to come to your joint and sample your livelihood, then you gotta smoke us out. That, or have someone else who’s been there tell us that we need to go there. That works too. I’m very glad that I have some good people in my corner because without them the Genesis of this trip to Beer Boys in Wilkes Barre would never of happened. This place really delivered in terms of atmosphere. As soon as you walk in you’ll notice a big bar plastered(nice) with tvs, very optimal for game watching or reality moms, your call, in front of you with tables surrounding it. The bar is loaded(nice) with many different craft brews to choose from. Attached to the indoor bar area is a whole different outside world that you enter by using a classic door. On the other side of that door lies a super fun outside environment that includes another bar, a basketball game that will no doubt frustrate you as you never will do as well you think you should do. There’s an area with around 7 tables that is not accompanied with a roof so check the weather before you head out to see if you can take advantage of it. I’m not saying that it was written in the stars or that there was divine intervention, but we had an evening of weather that is mostly reserved for p̶r̶o̶p̶h̶e̶t̶s̶  royalty. Here’s a little weather tip from the Wingmen; it’s June 16, if you get to Beer Boys after 6:30, you could sit outside and not have any sun in your eyes. Thank us later for that. The service was a little different. They have a sort of setup where you need to order drinks and food up at the bar. They will bring all your food to your table. I actually don’t mind that. Don’t get me wrong, try getting me right, but I enjoy getting waited on like I’m a Pharaoh like the next person but I also like having to be a grunt worker and going up and taking care of business myself. Whether it’s telling aliens to shove it and hauling 10 ton blocks to complete a pyramid or walking up to the bar to order my food or drinks, doing things myself is just fine. One thing I’ll say is it be nice for places that have you go up to the bar to order to put up a sign that says that’s how they roll. There’s always that moment where we’re sitting there trying to figure out the operation. A nice well placed would be nice. As for the bartender, she was very pleasant, and commanded the the outside all by herself. It was impressive to see. She also was helpful in explaining what the wing sauces were.

Wing Size: 5
Now, this rating comes from a guy who never operated a restaurant and never had to purchase food. So maybe I have no idea how much wings cost. But as a guy who rates wings all I can really do is compare prices and size to other places we’ve covered. The wings at Beer Boys are not small by any means. I’d say they are typical size. They come in orders of at least 6. You can order your regular amount and walk out full. But on their wing night, wings are 60 cents each. The absolute majority of places are between 45-50 cents a wing. I know we’re only talking 10-15 cents difference and in the grand scheme of things it’s not going to put a major dent in your wallet but it is a noteworthy difference. Anytime I see the 60 cents price I just say to myself, “really, alright.” I also have been told that wings are going up in America so maybe people are starting to feel the effects of that already, I really don’t know. Not to get to political except for how political this statement is going to be but if you really wanted to make America great again bring back back 25 cent wing nights. I think you’d win any election in a landslide. Also, bring back TGIF, that be really great.

Wing Flavors: 9
Excellent showing for the amount of flavors while including some unique and downright original names for them. Here’s another pro tip; if you label some of your wings with an interesting and off the wall name people will be intrigued to order them. Wild names get me all the time and Beer Boys knew exactly how to get the hook in my mouth by naming a wing Jesus sauce. The balls it takes to name a sauce after the son of God is nearly blasphemous but Beer Boys aren’t afraid of any rapture and know that JC would take it as the ultimate respect. All and all, they have 21 sauces. Several are mixed with ranch and blue cheese, which full disclosure, is a mighty easy way to expand your flavor list with ingredients that you have anyways. They also have a smoked wing that you can add any of their sauces on side with as well.

Wing Taste (x2): 8

Even with having to get at least 6 in an order, that was not going to stop me from getting my usual 4 flavors. That’s 24 wings for all you mathematicians out there. First up is the old bay. These were naturally a dry rub and they were everything I needed in an old bay dry rub. There was a good amount of seasoning that delivered flavor throughout each bite. Next, we have the cajun ranch. With these, I had bit of a Revelation with them and that was they tasted like the sauce that comes with a quesadilla from Taco Bell. So what I’m saying is that they were fantastic. If you’ve never had the opportunity to truly live, the quesadilla sauce from Taco Bell has a very flavorful southwest type sauce that has a kick of spice accompanied with a smoothness of silk. That’s what the cajun ranch at beer Boys was like. Thirdly, I went for the smokehouse which are rubbed in house seasoning and smoked in cherry wood. I also got a side of chipotle sauce with them. They were actually better just by themselves without the chipotle sauce. The seasoning was surprisingly pretty sweet but I didn’t really taste any of the smokiness to them. You could have told me they weren’t smoked and I would’ve agreed with you. They were still a solid flavor however. Finally, the best wing I had were the Jesus wings. Now, I know what some of you are thinking, that the only reason I’m making this my favorite wing of the evening is because if I don’t that I’m afraid of eternal damnation. Let’s just put that future rumor to bed. I don’t cower to anyone even if they have the power to smite me into another plain of existence. This wing sauce was legit awesome. What it was was a leg up from their regular hot sauce but it was much more. It brought sufficient heat but it was nothing to crazy hot. It also brought a dynamite flavor that was due to spices and pepper that ran through the sauce. I’m not saying ordering this sauce will get you into the kingdom of Heaven but I do think ordering this sauce looks good on your resume.

 

PS- If I get smited, tell people my story

Great News: Scarlett Johansson Is As Obsessed About Wings As I Am Meaning Courtship Has Begun

Appearing on The Late Show with Steven Colbert Scarlett Johansson, one of the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, star of Lucy(sneaky good flick) and key player in my dreams, elevated her fastball more than I ever thought she could by explaining to Colbert that one of her favorite things to do when she visits a city is to sample their wings. Colbert also agreed with her and shared that he also is quite the fan of wings, but I completely tuned him out whenever he spoke. We’re talking about Scarlett Jo and even though he was fantastic in Strangers with Candy that still doesn’t hold a candle to Johansson being the Black Widow.

So it certainly seems that for half of your NEPA Wingmen, courtship has started and it’s only a matter of time until we’re the “It” couple walking down the red carpet for the premiere of The Infinity Wars, which I already would of watched a few times because Scarlett hooked her man up and let me watch it before the rest of you ordinary folks get too. Perks of Hollywood real and they’re fantastic. Perhaps you’re wondering just how would a seemingly, regular guy from NEPA who’s dimensions are a fierce 5’6, 190lbs(and rapidly gaining), balding(at a breakneck pace), barrel chested, 6 time Big Ball champion is going to get on the same level as one of the biggest smoke shows going? My answer to that is a little thing called compatibility. Let’s do a checklist. Scarlett and I love wings, we both use two hands to eat them, we both prefer blue cheese over ranch, and we both care deeply about hot wing eating safety(wink, nice). The other stuff like how we don’t know each other and have no conceivable reason to ever be anywhere near each other, that’s all moot once I use my can’t miss pickup line:

Setting- An upscale wing joint in LA. The megastar actress is staring at a dozen wings while she ponders why a girl like her with all the success she’s had can’t find a normal guy who just gets her. Then, as smooth as an Appalachian breeze, a well dressed out-of-towner approaches and bluntly says what no man has ever had the confidence to say to her

Me- I hear you like lemon pepper wings, I like lemon pepper wings too.

Scarlett- I’m Scarlett, hi.

The very impressed Johansson pushes out the accompanying chair with her foot signaling to the bold man that he should sit with her

Scene

 

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Wing Prices Are Going Up And There’s Nothing Any Of Us Can Do About It

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock that was also lying underneath an ocean of other rocks, you can’t help but notice that wing prices have been going up at an alarming rate. It sucks, it’s awful and it sucks. But that’s just the world we live in. It’s a cruel world that doesn’t want people to feel terrific. So when the world decides to check the human race, it gets dirty and goes below the belt by jacking up wing prices. As your local Wingmen, we’ve been reporting for years how the average wing price on an average wing night is around 45-50 cents a wing and the response we always get is “back in my day, I remember getting wings for 25 cents or even 10 cents.” Well folks, those days are over and sadly they are never coming back. I wish there was some sort of legislation I can put into motion to make wing prices like they were. I wish I had the know how to build a time machine and transport everyone back to when wing prices were crazy low but I don’t have that club in the bag.

Unfortunately, I won’t be to surprised to see wing prices get even higher. More and more when we head out for wings we’re encountering wing nights where the wings are hovering around 60 cents a wing. If you told an old timer that their head would fly off their bodies at how absurd that sounds. But that’s the reality that we’re in. I really can’t put too much blame on the restaurants. The cost of wings is going up so naturally restaurants are going to charge more for wings. Supply and demand…. I think.

My advice for y’all is to go about your lives and not get bogged down by escalating wing prices. Continue to go living it up with your crew. Most importantly, keep going and consume as many wings as you can because full disclosure, one day you’re not going to be able to. Don’t let a few extra dollars get in the way of enjoying a wing night. I think if we can all get behind that type of mantra, there’s no telling what we can do.

Iron Horse Movie Bistro

Basic Information:

Location: 301 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
Phone number: (570) 344-7328
Normal Wing Price: $9.49 an order (Boneless)
Wing Night: None
Wing flavors: Garlic Parmesan, Mango Habanero, Buffalo, Asian Chili, BBQ

Overall Rating: 44

Lynch’s Rating: 22 out of 50

Environment: 9
Iron Horse Movie Bistro is a different type of wing place, mainly because it’s not really a wing place. Located right next to the Steamtown Mall in Scranton, Iron Horse is a new movie theater in the area that allows you to watch a movie while eating some food or enjoying a drink in a super comfortable, reclining chair. As soon as you walk in, you walk up to the “Concierge” desk to order your tickets. It’s nice because they display available movie seats on a touchscreen and allow you to reserve your seat. I like that. Granted, this can be done online to save you a bit of time, but I wanted to try it in person. I believe there is a fee to do it online though. At that point, you can head right to the concession stand to order food if you wish. If you do plan on ordering food, try to get there 15 minutes before your movie to make sure you get everything in time because they won’t deliver the food to you. The website indicates there is a certain theater in Iron Horse to get at-your-seat delivery of food, but it will cost a bit extra. You can even order a cocktail or beer to take to your seat to enjoy during the movie. That’s pretty damn cool. Once you have your food and/or drinks, you make you way to your assigned seat to settle in for the movie. Trying to eat in the dark was a bit tricky, but don’t you worry, I managed. Finally, the seats were extremely comfortable. They are thick-cushioned, button-controlled reclining chairs with a small tray to place your food and a cup holder. After finishing my food, I reclined my chair, sat back, and enjoyed some Guardians of the Galaxy. I almost forgot I was in a movie theater because I was that relaxed. That’s the way to watch a movie.

Wing Size: 2
Throughout our long career as the Wing Men, we tend to only visit a place on their wing night. Iron Horse does not have a wing night, but we made an exception because it seemed too hard to pass up the opportunity to eat hot wings during a movie. Iron Horse is first and foremost a movie theater, so walk in there expecting movie theater prices on food. They have your typical giant sodas and tubs of popcorns for starting close to $5 or more. The wings seem reasonably prices for $9.49 an order of breaded, boneless wings. When you finally get them, you’ll be a bit let down, though. While they are big bits of chicken, you don’t get all that many. You’d probably need two orders to feel close to full, but $20 to fill up on wings is a bit steep in my opinion. If you want to save a couple dollars, head to Iron Horse on a Tuesday night to enjoy $6 movie tickets.

Wing Flavors: 3
Don’t head to Iron Horse Movie Bistro expecting a huge selection of wings. As we’re both probably going to say a hundred times, Iron Horse cares mainly about movies. Food is an afterthought. They’re not out there trying to make a name for themselves as a top tier purveyor of wings. With that said, it’s not like they only offer you one option of wings. They have your classic Buffalo flavor along with a couple of other mostly standard options. They mix it up enough to give some nice options to spice up your life. And yes, that’s a Spice Girls reference.

Wing Taste (x2): 4
There’s not going to be too much to say on wing taste for this review, unfortunately. I placed an order for one type of wing because, like I said, I didn’t feel like spending 20 bucks to feel full on wings. I ordered the Garlic Parmesan wing, which, in my opinion, is always a surefire hit for wing flavors. Ultimately, I was let down. Personally, I could have used more hot sauce mixed with the Garlic and Parm. Additionally, it tasted more like a butter garlic wing to me, which I always think is rather bland. Now, I did try some of Serniak’s Asian Chili because we are generous guys and always swap wings. I’ve got to say, these wings were very delicious – a great level of spice with a hint of sweetness. They also had a healthy amount of sauce on them. If I had to choose between the two, I would choose Asian Chili a million times.

Serniak’s Rating: 22 out of 50

Environment: 10
The talk in the square community is not just that America has come to the conclusion that the environment just simply isn’t worth our time. It’s that if there was one movie theater that had wings to go to it would have to be the newly installed Iron Horse Movie Bistro theater mainly because they are the only movie theater to serve wings. Innovation at it’s finest. And it doesn’t stop there with the rad accommodations. The whole setup at the Iron Horse, which definitely has nothing to do with Russia, probably, is really something to experience. Never to pass up a wicked nice deal, we went on Tuesday, which is $6 movie night. First thing right off the bat is that everyone there seemed to really care about their job. Everyone was dressed nice, active and legit had looks on their faces that they were proud to be at work. Typically, you generally get a pack of high school students who barely care that that they have a job who couldn’t care less what happens who want to slack off as much as humanly possible, which I’m all for and understand completely. But, I’m also for a group of folks who want to leave a solid impression on the people they come in contact with. There’s room for both types of approaches. Buying your ticket is more specific at the Iron Horse. Here, you can select which seat in the theater you want. Gone are the days of walking into the theater, turning the corner and feeling that sense of dread when you see all the people in seats that you want. Now you can mentally prepare yourself for what you’re getting into by seeing what seats are available. This also leads into the fact that you don’t actually get a movie ticket that looks like a classic ticket. You get a slip of paper that mostly resembles a receipt that you’d get from an ATM. I know that there will probably be some small sector of intense movie theater crowd who are appalled that you don’t get that classic rectangular ticket. To them I say, go stand and wait in line at the $1.50. Because we’re not noobs, we naturally chose the seats at the very back of the theater. Now, maybe because I’ve been behind on my updates on movie theater seating, but I was blown away that our seats had electronic recliners built into them, with a food tray attached. Forget flying cars, forget entire meals that come in pill form, recliners in movie theaters is peak age of enlightenment.

Wing Size: 2
Again, if you’re going to a movie theater for an excellent wing deal then you’re some kind of lunatic. No different here at the Iron Horse. They don’t have bone-in wings but they have wing bites and they’re $9.49 an order. Pretty steep I know. Also, ask for a sailboat type plate(have no idea what you actually call it, so we’ll go with sailboat)  instead of a regular paper plate. It seemed like I got more with the sailboat. The bites were pretty decent size and were nice cuts of meat. I’d love if there was a scenario where the Iron Horse would have a wing night and get more flavors but as Donnell would always say from the hit 90s Nickelodeon show My Brother And Me “don’t hold your breath.”

Wing Flavors: 4
You’re going to start seeing a theme here and that’s that I’m not surprised at all that a movie theater doesn’t make wings their number 1 priority. Makes perfect sense that they concentrate on cleanliness, hospitality and quality food/drink items. But, if you’re going to Wingmen, you need to Wingmen with a no holds barred approach. They only had 5 flavors which were buffalo mango habanero, garlic parm, bbq and Asian chili. Would I very much enjoy a plethora of unique and different flavors, of course I would. But I also know that entertainment and new school tactics are there calling card.

Wing Taste (x2): 3

At $9.49 for an order of wing bites, I only got 1 flavor and that was the Asian chili, thus why I can only give them a rating of a 3. They actually held their own out there. They could of been from any prestigious wing joint in the area and you wouldn’t know that they were from a movie theater until you looked out ahead and saw a massive movie screen in front of you. Then you’d know. Like most Asian sauces, it was thin and had a sweetness that was solid. What made this flavor pop for me was the heat portion of it. The chili definitely makes itself known after a couple of seconds.

 

PS-If anyone can actually tell me any memories they have from the show My Brother And Me message me and I’ll buy you wings, a beer, something, I don’t know. I’ll get you something.

Penalty Box Podcast Review (Revisited)

It’s been over three years since we have last been to Penalty Box! That’s crazy because it is one of our favorite places to enjoy delicious sauces. Hear all about our newest adventure to Penalty Box in our latest podcast located at the bottom of the post.

Since our last visit, they added a couple of new flavors to the menu, which we give a shout out to in the podcast. In typical Wing Men fashion, we go a little off the rails and talk about what we believe to be an undiscovered element and possibly a new way to present elements altogether. You know what they say: Nothing goes better with hot wings than noble gases.

Oh, don’t forget about the awesome event coming up in Scranton called Over the Edge Scranton: A Rappelling Adventure. If you check them out on Facebook, you can register to be provided all the tools necessary to help raise money for a great cause. If you raise enough money, you will get to rappel from the tallest building in Scranton!

Finally, if you want to check out all our past visits to Penalty Box, head over to the Penalty Box Review Page.

Penalty Box Wingcast

Benny’s Podcast Review

We went to Benny’s only a couple months ago, but we were such huge fans we decided to make another quick visit to enjoy their delicious wings. Since this is our second visit to Benny’s, we have a podcast review for you. Head to the bottom of the post to give a listen!

Benny’s takes the place of the old Duke’s in Peckville, PA. They updated the place a bit and added a ton of fantastic wing flavors to the menu that you need to try for yourself. In this podcast, we talk all about Benny’s and have a bit of an argument about what street it is on (Confirmed: It’s on Main St). Oh, we also made up a couple of new words that are bound to take the world by storm. Definitely.

If somehow you’re on this site and you don’t even like wings, give this podcast a listen because we talk about an awesome event coming up in Scranton called Over the Edge Scranton: A Rappelling Adventure. If you check them out on Facebook, you can register to be provided all the tools necessary to help raise money for a great cause. If you raise enough money, you will get to rappel from the tallest building in Scranton!

Finally, if you want to check out our past review of Benny’s, head over to the Benny’s Review Page.

Benny’s Wingcast