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.

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Rivals Tap N Kitchen

Rivals 4.12.17

Basic Information:

Location: 912 S Main St, Old Forge, PA 18518
Phone number: (570) 471-3530
Normal Wing Price: $8 an order (Boneless and Bone-in)
Wing Night: Tuesday
Wing Night Price: $6 an order of boneless
Wing flavors: Mild, Medium, Hot, Rivals Sauce, Honey Mustard, Sweet & Spicy, Rodeo, Sweet Rodeo, Buffalo Ranch, Teriyaki, Teriyaki Ginger, Wok, Old Bay, Salt & Vinegar, Sriracha, Honey Garlic, Cajun, Garlic Parmesan, Sun Devil Sauce, Ranch Parmesan, Blue Devil Sauce
*Mild, Medium, or Hot can be added to any flavor

Overall Rating: 73

Lynch’s Rating: 36 out of 50

Environment: 7
Rivals Tap N Kitchen is a new restaurant that opened in February 2017 in Old Forge. In fact, it currently resides in the now defunct Old Forge Chicken Coop location. The place itself is very nice with plenty of areas to hang out. They have a small dining section with a bunch of booths with a door off to the right that brings you to more dining seating. The door to the left takes you to the bar area, which includes a large square bar with plenty of TVS where you could hang out with a drink and watch your favorite game. Finally, there’s a cool, wide-open room dedicated to hanging out. Well, at least that was my take on it. I feel like it’d be great for an adult party room. It contained a dart board, two pool tables, and smaller table-top games on some of the tables around the room. Finally, there’s even an outdoor seating area if you want to enjoy your food while breathing in that great NEPA air. We had free reign on where to sit as there was no one else in the bar outside of the staff. I attribute this to two different things. For some reason, the hours Google are way off and showed them only open from 4:30 AM to 11:00 AM. I had to call to be sure, but others may have seen that they were closed and not even attempted to go. I hope that gets updated soon. The other reason is because the parking isn’t the greatest. There are about two spots on the side of the building to park. Everywhere else we tried to go had No parking signs. I don’t believe there was street parking in front, but I could be wrong. Regardless, we go there and ordered our food with no issues. The bartender was friendly and talked to us while we waited for out food. I will say it was pretty queit while we waited. I wished they played a couple tunes to get a little noise in there. Heck, I would have even been OK with country music. Either way, as expected with being the only customers, the food did not take long to come out. Overall, I was really happy with the place. I hope they figure out a way to get more people in there as it is a large place that I feel could make a killing if the good word spreads.

Wing Size: 7
The Wing Men hardly do a boneless wing night, as we are mainly bone-in guys, but we decided to give Rivals a try based on a recommendation from a friend. When I asked, it didn’t seem that they had a Bone-In wing night, or even had one planned. That could change in the future. For their Boneless night, Rivals offers orders of Boneless wings for $6. I’ll be honest; we are not very scientific when it comes to Wing Size rating. If we were really hardcore, we would bring a scale, weigh each wing, determine an average weight, and then compare that against the wing price. Well, we don’t do that. I judge it based on how full I feel from my full order. Using this judging criterion, I was able to pretty much finish both my orders with no issue. I certainly felt full, but not overly stuffed like I would feel if I ordered 20. They were big chunks of chicken though, and I liked that they allow you to split the order with different sauces, which is rare for boneless.

Wing Flavors: 8
I really like what Rivals is doing when it comes to wing sauce selection. They have a good mix that includes your classic flavors and more interesting flavors that they are trying to make their own. I feel like every place should market a signature sauce, which Rivals does with their Rivals Sauce. Additionally, I like when there are unique wing sauce names that jump out at you like the Sun Devil and Blue Devil sauce that Rivals offers. You’re bound to find something you like in the mix, including some unique sauces if you feel like living life on the wild side.

Wing Taste (x2): 7
I had to try the Rivals Sauce as the bartender said it is the top seller at Rivals Tap N Kitchen. The sauce had a tomato-based hot sauce taste to it with a slight sweetness. I’m usually not a fan of the tomato-based sauces, but I did enjoy these wings. I’m sure I have said this a hundred times before and I will most likely say it a hundred times more: Buffalo Ranch is a classic combination that always works. Rivals does it right with a great balance of a subtle taste of ranch with a good Buffalo sauce base. I also ordered the Garlic Parmesan with Hot sauce mixed in. The wings had plenty of minced garlic on them and a nice bite from the hot sauce, but I personally could have gone with a little more parmesan cheese. I still did enjoy the flavor of these wings, though. Finally, I had the Sun Devil Sauce. I had a hard time picking out the flavors in this one. The sauce itself was tasty with a nice orange buffalo sauce and a slight sweetness, which I am guessing came from honey. The chicken for all the wing bites was juicy and crispy with a slight breading on it that I enjoyed. I’m definitely interesting in making a return trip to try some of the other unique sauces and/or dry rubs.

Serniak’s Rating: 37 out of 50

Environment: 8
We’re dealing with a new fish, some fresh meat, the new kid on the block. And we’re done with the being new expressions. But we are dealing with a newcomer to world of Nepa wings with Old Forge’s Rivals. The place is located in the same building that housed the second location for the Chicken Coop and has only been in existence for a few months. But, even though they’ve only been in the wing racket for a short while, Rivals already has brought the game to the competition because this place knew what it was doing when it came to wings. The place has I feel 3 distinct areas to sit. You have the initial dinning area followed by the bar area, which gives way to the game room. You’ll probably find an observatory somewhere on the grounds as well if you just keep walking around. The game room is real solid. Equipped with multiple pool tables, darts and they even have those smaller, table sized versions of the games I mentioned. All parts of the place were super clean and ready to go. When we got there however, we were the only ones there. I think they just opened for the day and also since it’s so new I think most folks don’t even know about it. The parking for the place didn’t seem to be that large, unless there’s another place to park besides the the grounds from which the place is on. Perhaps, you can park on the sides of the road. We sat at the bar and our bartender was a real good guy. Talked with us the whole time, joked around with us and gave us the lowdown on all their flavors. Call it a hunch, but I feel that Rivals would be a great place to watch a game. I say this because the place is loaded with tvs. It doesn’t take a real man of genius to know Sundays with the NFL ticket will be a great atmosphere to scream wildly at a tv with strangers around because some millionaire dropped the ball.

Wing Size: 7
Because we’re big investigative journalists, we went assuming it was their bone in wing night. But, it turned out that it was their boneless night. Fortunately, we’re monsters of men and just went with the flow and got wing bites. It was $6 for an order of bites. At first I thought that was a a lot for bites but when they came out I was pleases to see they were real big pieces of meat. I mean there were some pieces that were the size of Detroit in there. They also let us split our so half could be one flavor and the other half be another flavor. Always better when that can happen. Also, because we’re all about diligence we found out when there bone-in wing night is except that we didn’t do any of that. So let us know when that is.

Wing Flavors: 8
Not saying that Rivals are big Jordan fans but they have 23 flavors to choose from. I guess if they’re real Jordan fans they’ll try and get to 45 flavors and raise the ceiling to the roof. But not only do they have 23 flavors they have several unique flavors. Flavors such as rodeo, sweet rodeo, old bay, salt and vinegar, wok, sriracha, sun devil and blue devil sauce are ones that you don’t normally see on your average wing menu. It’s good knowing that they aren’t satisfied with just putting out the regulars. I like how they incorporated their area into their sauces with the blue devil sauce and sun devil sauce. I’m assuming the sun devil sauce is in contrast to the blue devil sauce but I probably shouldn’t assume that because one of the guys who work there might be a real big Jake Plummer fan. Really hope they’re determined to put out even more because they have the creativity to pull off some real wild ones.

Wing Taste (x2): 7

First up, we have the sweet rodeo. I ordered this because I’m a sucker for rodeo burgers from the BK. One of the greatest inventions of modern man was deciding to put onion rings on burgers. Fact. This wing was like I thought it would be. Had a real nice, thorough sweet bbq sauce. But it wasn’t to sweet and wasn’t to BBQy if that makes sense. meaning , it wasn’t ultra thick with BBQ sauce. I find too much BBQ to be a detriment. This sauce found of a nice balance of sweet and zest. Just had a thought, I’d love if they coated this sauce with onion straws. I’d be all over that. Next, were the sriracha. I thought these would have something else going on with them besides just straight sriracha. Nope, it was pure sriracha and I’m a major sriracha guy. I think it’s the condiment of the new world. They were tasty but it brought fierce heat. You’ve been warned. Moving on to the Cajun. This wasn’t a dry rub but it came off as a dry rub to me. They were really moist, which was good, but I could’ve used more seasoning to them. The flavor was there but I’m greedy and I wanted more. Lastly, I got the sun devil sauce, which is their mild mixed with blue cheese. They made the choice of using real pieces of blue cheese instead of blue cheese from a bottle. I’m always in favor of using the purest form of any ingredient and their decision to go that route with this flavor was a great one. The mild sauce and blue cheese is a can’t miss combination that delivered on every bite.

Vaudeville Inn Podcast Review

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We’ve got quite a treat for you today! We made a return visit to Vaudeville Inn, so that means we recorded a podcast for you. Yes, that’s the treat referenced in the first sentence. Hopefully it lived up to your expectations. Either way, head to the bottom of this post to listen to the podcast.

In this podcast, we reference wrestling once again. In fact, I call Serniak out on all the wrestling references. I want to say at least 50% of our podcasts talk about wrestling in some regard. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. We also talk about our experience with the boneless wings from Vaudeville, which were all-around pretty darn good.

If you want read about our first visit to Vaudeville Inn, head over to the Vaudeville Inn Review Page. Otherwise, enjoy the podcast!

Vaudeville Inn Wingcast

Vaudeville Inn

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Basic Information:

Location: 1259 Bryn Mawr St, Scranton, PA 18504
Phone number: (570) 703-0694
Normal Wing Price: 1 lb of Boneless or a Dozen Bone-in for $12
Wing Night: Monday (Bone-in) and Thursday (Boneless)
Boneless Wing Night Price: $6 for 1lb (Half Price)
Wing flavors: Hotsy Totsy, Medium “Moonshine”, “Milquetoast” Mild, “Bee’s Knees BBQ, Butter Garlic, Caesar Garlic, Maple Bourbon, Pecan Smoked Bacon Pineapple, Golden Gatsby, Honey Mustard, Buffalo Honey Pineapple, “Not your Fathers” Wing Sauce, Pickle “Pip” Buffalo
Wing to get: Golden Gatsby

Second Visit – 9.15.16

Vaudeville Podcast Review


First Visit

Overall Rating: 76

Location: Scranton
Wing flavors: Hot, Medium, Mild, BBQ, Caesar Garlic, Butter Garlic, Pecan Smoked Bacon & Pineapple, Maple Bourbon, Golden Gatsby

Wing to get: Golden Gatsby

Lynch’s Rating: 38 out of 50

Environment: 8

The Vaudeville Inn is a newer place located in the West Side of Scranton right off of Main Street. I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately as it is a speakeasy-themed restaurant, so I was excited to check it out. Walking in, you definitely get that speakeasy vibe with the décor in the bar and dining room. I was secretly hoping it would be much more hardcore, requiring a sort of secret knock or password to get in. Alas, that was not the case. It was not super busy and we sat right at the bar. I didn’t get to see much of the place, but apparently it is pretty large with a room that has a pool table and other fun activities. I hear there is a secret room behind a bookshelf that has a one-way mirror that allows you to view a part of the restaurant. I didn’t check it out, but it does sound really cool. Our waitress was very nice, friendly, and attentive. The wings did take a bit to come out, but some Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, favorites among The Wing Men, kept us entertained. Overall, I did enjoy The Vaudeville Inn and recommend it to others to check out.

Wing Flavors: 6

The Vaudeville Inn makes up for its lack of wing flavors with some very interesting options. I’d be amazed if you’re able to find a Pecan Smoked Bacon & Pineapple wing anywhere else in the world. Also, the Golden Gatsby, which was a Hot Ranch and Garlic wing, is a nice twist on a traditional flavor.

Wing Size: 8

The wings at Vaudeville Inn were extremely big. Serniak and I got the same amount, but it seemed like my pile was much more heaping. While I’m definitely not complaining, I was really struggling towards the end of my order. Order your regular amount and you will be stuffed to the gills.

Wing Taste (x2): 8

The Vaudeville Inn allows you to place orders of five, so we had a nice variety in our flavors. The Hot is your traditional Buffalo wing with a bit more of a kick. It had a nice little spice that I truly enjoyed. The Caesar Garlic was a whiter, creamier sauce, which had a good flavor. These wings didn’t blow me away, but if you like a Caesar Garlic wing without the mix of hot sauce, you’ll be happy. The Maple Bourbon wing was a sweeter wing that worked surprisingly well. The maple syrup flavoring really came through and the taste worked with the saltiness of the wing. The Pecan Smoked Bacon & Pineapple was a wing flavor I couldn’t wait to try. I am a huge fan of bacon and pineapple on a pizza, so I thought I would love these wings. These were probably my least favorite out of the mix though. They were mainly wings with shredded pineapple and a small amount of bacon on them. I think they would have benefited with some sort of sauce on them, perhaps a small amount of teriyaki glaze or similar sauce. If they tweak this option a bit, it could be one of the most unique and tasty wing flavors out there. Finally, the best wing of the bunch, was the Golden Gatsby. First, I love how they named it to fit the theme of the restaurant. That’s a smart move. I don’t think they should do that with too many flavors because it would most likely lead to confusion, but I was OK with it here. Basically, it is a mix of hot sauce, ranch, and garlic. It sounds simple enough, but they really do it well here. The taste is fantastic. It was the cat’s pajamas. If you get one wing at The Vaudeville Inn, make it the Golden Gatsby. You will not leave disappointed.

Serniak’s Rating: 38 out of 50

Environment: 8

The Vaudeville Inn, located of Main St. in Scranton is fairly new place. I think it’s only a few months old. With a name like Vaudeville Inn, you can imagine what types of things you may see inside. Covering the walls are all types of pictures and old flyers paying homage to the classical time that the restaurant represents. If you look hard enough, you may even find some secret passage ways. Equipped with a bar, the Vaudeville Inn also has many tables and two other rooms for seating. There also is a pool table and darts to keep the completive juices flowing. Our server was also our bartender because that’s where we sat. She was extremely nice and helpful in explaining everything on the menu.

Wing Flavors: 7

Now I’ve been to places that have many more flavors, the Vaudeville gets a 7 because the uniqueness of their selection is splendid. They have your hot, medium, mild, bbq, Caesar garlic and butter garlic but they add some original ones with spicy honey soy glaze, maple bourbon golden Gatsby and pecan smoked bacon pineapple.

Wing Size: 7

At one time 50 cents a wing for wing night would have been crazy. But, that’s right around what the average is any more. Gone are the days of the 10-25 cent wing nights, I’m afraid. Fortunately, the wings at the Vaudeville were pretty large. It was a slight chore for me to polish away 20.

Wing Taste (x2): 8

I got the hot, maple bourbon, golden Gatsby and pecan smoked bacon pineapple. The hot were solid. They had some nice spice to them. They weren’t wildly spicy or anything but they your typical kick. The maple bourbon were great. They had that classic stickiness to them, which I love in this flavor. The sweetness of the bourbon balanced with the smokiness of the bourbon made a lovely choice. When I saw the pecan smoked bacon pineapple my eyes lit up because I’ve never seen anything like that. When I saw them I was still impressed. Eating them, however, I thought there was too much pineapple. I know I know, I always say give more of ingredients on my wings. But the pineapple, for me, drowned out the other flavors. The bacon and pecan were there but pineapple was little overwhelming. Now as for the golden Gatsby, that was a tremendous flavor. It was kind of hot ranch that certainly had those elements but what set it apart was that it had a buttery and smoothness to it was divine. It was silk, but a wing flavor.

Saints and Sinners (Boneless Night)

Overall Rating: 66

Location: Pittston
Wing Night: Tuesday
Wing Price: $7.50 per pound
Phone number: 570-655-9295

Lynch’s Rating:
Environment: 7
Wing Flavors: 10
Wing Size: 1
Wing Taste: 7
Individual Score: 32
Serniak’s Rating:
Environment: 7
Wing Flavors: 10
Wing Size: 3
Wing Taste: 7
Individual Score: 34