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.
Location: 1216 N Main St, Peckville, PA 18452
Phone number: (570) 291-4190
Normal Wing Price: 10 for $7.50
Wing Night: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
Wing Night Price: $0.50 cents a wing
Wing flavors: Mild, Mild Parm, Garlic, Garlic Parm, Hot Garlic, Hot Garlic Parm, Memphis BBQ, Benny’s BBQ, Hot BBQ, Speedie Sauce, Horsey Sauce, Hot BBQ Honey Mustard, Sweet Teriyaki, Sesame Teriyaki, Pete’s Sauce, Boom Boom, Caesar, Hot Caesar, Honey Teriyaki, Honey Mustard, Cider Glaze, Sweet Chili, Tai Peanut, Bacon Brown Sugar, Volcano Style, Bourbon Sugar, Sweet Cajun, Sriracha Ranch, Porketta Dry Rub, Old Bay Dry Rub, Hot Brown Sugar Dry Rub, Signature Smokehouse Dry Rub, Honey Garlic Dry Rub, Applewood Dry Rub, Jamaican Jerk Dry Rub
Second Visit – 5/3/2017
Benny’s Podcast Review
First Visit – 1/04/17
Overall Rating: 82
Lynch’s Rating: 41 out of 50
While driving along North Main Street in Peckville, you may have noticed a change to the recognizable bar called Duke’s, which was well-known for its cheesesteak pizza. The place is now called Benny’s and it’s under new ownership, and with this new ownership came a number of positive changes. The place is still split between a large bar area and a small take-out section. The bar area has much of the same layout, but with a number of changes to modernize it for a new age. The bar top has been redone and the lighting updated to give it a slicker look. Benny’s also added some nice beer selections tailored to the craft beer drinker if that sort of thing floats your boat. There is a section dedicated to two pool tables in case you wanted to pass the time while you wait for your food. Our service was fantastic while we were there. We sat at the bar and the two bartenders were on top of their game. They were very friendly, conversational, and always checking up on us to make sure we had everything we needed. You cannot split your order of wings at Benny’s, so just be wary if you planned on getting a variety of flavors. It never got crowded on our visit, but it did appear to get livelier as the night went on. Overall, Benny’s is a great new bar in the area that you’re bound to enjoy for some food or late-night activities.
Wing Size: 4
Most aspects of Benny’s had high marks. Size is not one of them. Benny’s does this awesome thing where they offer three wing nights – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On any of those nights, you can get an order of ten wings for $5. That is about the standard going price on wing night these days. When the wings came out, I knew I would have no trouble finishing all 20 as they were a bit on the smaller side. Usually, I finish my 15 feeling overly stuff, but I took down the 20 with no issues.
Wing Flavors: 10
Benny’s really brings it to the table (pun intended) with wing flavors. They have a huge amount of wet and dry options to cover your wings. In fact, there were so many to choose from, I struggled on my final selection. It’s interesting because Benny’s doesn’t have a traditional “Hot” flavor listed on the menu, but they do have a Mild and plenty of other “Hot” flavors, so I’m sure you could order a plain Hot if you wanted. Benny’s offers classic flavors as well as some great, unique styles such as Volcano Style (just like volcano fries, but on a wing), Pete’s Sauce (we were told this is a very spicy wing), and Applewood Dry rub. I definitely expect another visit in our near future just to give different wings a try.
Wing Taste (x2): 9
Before we get into the actual taste of the sauces I ordered, I wanted to mention that I like that they ask if you want your wings crispy. The wings came out with just the slightest, and rightest (in my opinion), amount of crisp. To start off, I ordered the Tai Peanut, which I believe is supposed to actually be Thai Peanut. Regardless, whenever I see a peanut sauce on a menu, I almost always make it a point to order. Serniak is not a fan of peanut sauces, but that’s his problem. I really enjoyed this wing. It had a good peanut butter taste up front with a decent kick of spice on the back end. It’s certainly not a wing sauce that everyone would order or enjoy, but since I am a sucker for peanut sauces, I thought Benny’s did a good job on it. I also ordered the Hot Caesar. This is another classic wing flavor that I always enjoy. Benny’s starts with a great hot sauce base and adds some Caesar to it to really amp up the taste. The balance between the hot and the Caesar were great. You won’t go wrong if you order these wings. The other two wings I tried – Benny’s Bacon Brown Sugar and Sweet Cajun – were Serniak’s picks, and may actually have been better than the two I talked about, but I will leave that to the other half of The Wing Men to describe.
Serniak’s Rating: 41 out of 50
A real new-comer to the ever growing wing scene in the NEPA area(can’t imagine who or what is responsible for this) Benny’s takes over right where its predecessor left off. Benny’s is located in Peckville in the same location that Duke’s was it. Duke’s was known for their legendary double crust steak and cheese pizza. A possible national treasure it was. Now, Benny’s is in there and it appears they have decided they are heading in the wing direction. Great for wing bloggers, bad for no one. It’s nice to see all the hard work put into remodeling the place from when it was Duke’s. The layout is pretty much the same. They have two pool tables, a big bar area with a good amount of seating that wraps around it. It looked like they updated many things like the bar countertops and the amount of tvs. If you’re a sports guy or gal, it’s a great place to catch some competition of whatever sport you’d like minus perhaps croquet and badminton. We sat at the bar. Our bartender/server was quite pleasant and joked around with us while she attended others. There’s something to be said about being able to do both of those things without slowing down. I’m always appreciative of that. The atmosphere of the whole place also seemed to a positive one. People just seemed to be in a good mood. It’s always better to be in that kind of company. Fact. Equipped with a solid beer selection, I think you could easily spend days inside of there and not get bored. Maybe they should do a lock-in like bowling alleys used to do. That be somethin.
Wing Size: 7
You can go and find wings that are larger. You can find wings that are smaller. To me, they are slightly above average in size. And they’re right around the average for price at 50 cents a wing on their wing night. One thing you can’t do is order them in orders of 5. You need to get them in orders of 10. I’m a guy who craves multiple sauces so I suggest you go with a companion so that you could try our more flavors.
Wing Flavors: 9
It took me a god while to decide between an 8 or a 9. But, after further review, I went with a 9 because they have over 20 flavors and several of them are unique and they put their own twist into some classics. I’m a fan of innovation and Benny’s certainly is thinking outside the standard flavors in trying to stand out. Flavors such as horsey sauce, boom boom and speedie sauce, sauces that you don’t normally see can be found here. But sauces such as sweet cajun, one that I’ve never seen before, cider glaze and Benny’s bacon brown sugar show me that they’re looking to really plant a flag in the wing society that we live in. I hope they aren’t finished with exploring their brains for new flavors. All of us can benefit if they keep thinking.
Wing Taste (x2): 8
We got the hot caesar, thai peanut, Benny’s bacon brown sugar and the sweet cajun. The hot caesar was a very solid representation of what that flavor is all about. The heat of the hot mixed with subtle bite of the caesar dressing did some very good things out there. I do wish the caesar dressing was caked on instead of drizzled on. That’s me nitpicking I know, but I still like to have all sauces on every centimeter of my wings. I’m a real stickler for sauce distribution. It’s a curse I know. Now the thai peanut is a sauce that I typically avoid. I’ve just never been a guy who enjoys that flavor regardless of where it comes from. Lynch wanted to get it and I was in no position to challenge it. I checked. But, if you’re into that style then I’m rather sure you’ll like Benny’s take on this eastern staple. Had the peanutbuttery taste you’d expect. Moving on. The sweet cajun, a sauce I said I don’t think I’ve ever seen before, which is surprising because it doesn’t sound like something that should be that hard to come up with, was excellent. I thought it was real good because it focused a lot on the sweet facto. I figured it would be more spicy but nope, I thought it was real tangy. Real good combo of sweet and spicy. The sweetness wasn’t overpowering but I thought it was the leader of the flavor. Finally, the Benny’s bacon brown sugar is everything that those words are. There was bacon, there was brown sugar and it was at Benny’s. Thought it might be a dry rub but it was more like a hybrid of dry and wet. This might of happened because it had the brown sugar as dry but there was an extremely large showing of fresh cooked bacon on it and perhaps the grease from the bacon mixed in making wet. Either way, it was delicious. The brown sugar had a taste to it that wasn’t fully sweet. Something else was going on in there. Something they don’t want me to know. Whatever it was, it worked and that’s all that matters.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve posted a podcast. We’ve been busy this summer with various wingfests, TV appearances, and other great wing related events. But we’re back in full force and bringing you some of our backlog of podcasts.
First up is our second visit to Happy Valley Sports Bar. Check it out at the bottom of this post!
This Penn State themed bar is slowly becoming one of our favorite places. They have a great selection of delicious wings and it’s just an awesome place to hang out. A bunch of little touches on the way they present themselves makes Happy Valley a memorable place.
Location: 1249 Commerce Blvd, Dickson City, PA 18519
Phone number: (570) 230-7811
Wing Price: $9.95 for 10 Bone-in, $6.99 for 8 Boneless
Wing Night: Sunday for 51 cent Bone-in, Monday for 51 cent Boneless
Wing flavors: Garlic Parmesan, Honey BBQ, Honey Mustard, Smokey BBQ, Sweet Heat, Honey Buffalo, Authentic Buffalo, Hot Ranch, Spicy Garlic, XX Hot
First Visit – 4/3/16
Overall Rating: 75
Lynch’s Rating: 38 out of 50
Primanti Bros., a Pittsburgh-based business known for their unique sandwiches, recently set up shop in Dickson City. Of course, The Wing Men needed to check it out. We were lucky enough to attend an opening event in early March, but our most recent trip was all business. First of all, there are multiple Primanti Bros. popping up across Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Not all of them offer hot wings. This location was smart in recognizing that NEPA is the self-proclaimed (by me) Wing Capital of the world. Upon entering, you will be looking straight ahead to a large, square bar that offers unique mixed drinks and a nice craft and domestic beer selection. To the right of the entrance is a traditional restaurant area with booths and tables. The left section is a small patio area with a small fireplace and high tables. This section has large windows that open in the summer. It is a very clean, modern place to check out. Just a warning, you may struggle to get a table at any time since it is so new. Hopefully, this rush will subside in the future. Our service was pretty good, too. The waitress was very fast at getting our drinks, taking our orders, and bringing out the wings. All in all, it was a great experience. It is a place definitely worth checking out, especially if you want to catch your favorite sporting event on one of their many TVs.
Wing Flavors: 7
Primanti Bros. doesn’t offer the biggest selection around, but they definitely have a good variety of options. Most of your classics are there with Authentic Buffalo and Honey Mustard. They also throw in some sure-fire hits in the form of Hot Ranch and Sweet Heat. You’re bound to find something that will catch your fancy.
Wing Size: 7
Primanti Bros. offers 51 cent bone-in wings on Sunday and 51 cent boneless wings on Monday. We prefer our bones, so we went on Sunday. The wings are pretty large. Additionally, they put a light breading around the wings, which makes for bigger and more filling wings. You will not leave disappointed if you order your normal amount.
Wing Taste (x2): 8
I was pleasantly surprised at the taste of the wings at Primanti Bros. All the wings are prepared with a slight breading that adds a great crispiness to the wing without overwhelming the wing itself. The Sweet Heat reminds me of a Thai Chili sauce. It is a sticky sauce with bits of chili pepper mixed in. The sweetness is well balanced with a nice hit of spice. It was absolutely drenched in sauce, which I am a huge fan of. The Authentic Buffalo had a very slight hint of sweet followed by a delicious peppery taste that you expect in a Buffalo wing sauce. Finally, I had the Hot Ranch, which is a class go-to for me. The wing had a thin layer of sauce, almost like a dry rub. I really enjoyed these wings. The ranch mixed well with the breading, almost like KFC original recipe chicken. Primanti Bros. makes it their own way though, making it a unique taste that you’re bound to enjoy.
Serniak’s Rating: 37 out of 50
Finally, Primanti Bros has arrived to Dickson City. Honestly, I haven’t seen anticipation for a place arriving to an area since Sheetz hit the Dunmore 15 years ago. People were really jazzed for this and when I heard they had wings and wing night I was on board and wanted to test the hype. Primanti Bros. began in Pittsburgh and has grown to many locations throughout the country. The place is a very nice place. Uber clean and just has that feeling of a professional bar. Many taps, several areas to sit and an outside spot for those summer days where you’re down looking to throw a few back while staring at people enter a certain steakhouse from the lone star state that can’t have as fun as you. Our sever was kind and was steady with checking up on us but she didn’t over do it, which is the way to go.
Wing Flavors: 7
They have 8 Flavors to choose from. You’d love for them to have more, but for a place that’s a chain restaurant that isn’t a place specifically designed for wing consumption, you can’t be that surprised unless you’re surprised. In that case, okay, go ahead and be surprised. It’s your call. They do have some interesting flavors, which is is why I gave them a 6 and not something lower. They have garlic parm, sweet heat, XX hot, buffalo, honey bbq, hot ranch, spicy ranch and honey buffalo. They could of mailed it in and have you the standards and just called it a day, but they give you good variety of taste.
Wing Size: 6
Pretty good size of wings here. They also go the not so ventured route of breading their wings. You don’t see that to often but I was thought they did real good job with it. Their wing night is on Sunday, which is another thing you don’t run into often. I think that’s another smart choice. Cornering that Sunday wing night crowd can pay off later. I didn’t love the gimmick of having their wings at 51 cents. I’m just not a guy who likes a place to intentionally be different. Primanti Bros. don’t have to try that hard. Just make solid food and churn out those wings and sandwiches and leave the shtick for the beginners.
Wing Taste (x2): 8
I didn’t have high expectations coming into Primnati Bros based solely on them being a chain. When you think of chain restaurant wings, you’ll never think to yourself “oh man, those are going to be great” unless you’re some type of weirdo who’s never been to your corner bar for wings. But Primanti came out and really did quality work. Like I said, they put breading on their wings and fortunately for you, they don’t over do it with the breading. It’s the right amount that doesn’t give you the opportunity fill up on just breading. There’s a lot of meat under it. The first flavor I got was the hot ranch. A classic and one that’s hard to screw up. Primanti did it justice with their authentic buffalo mixed with the coolness of ranch. There was a lot of flavor with this one. Next was the garlic parm. What I liked about this one was that it wasn’t mixed with buffalo sauce, which happens more than I like it to. Sometimes I just want garlic and Parmesan cheese without it being drowned by hot sauce. These were real good because there wasn’t any sauce meaning the wings were extra crispy. And with the breading the way it was, everything came together beautifully. Finally, I got the spicy ranch. These were solid. These had a little bit different sauce compared to the hot ranch. The sauce was bit thinner. They had the spice and the ranch did its job with with mellowing out the spiciness. Good stuff all the way around.
Primanti Bros. in Dickson City is now officially open for business!
We were fortunate enough to be invited by The Boys and Girls Club of NEPA to a VIP event last night to celebrate the opening of the new Primanti Bros. location. First of all, we want to say we are most appreciative of the Boys and Girls Club for always keeping us in mind for any event and letting us be a part of their annual Wings at the Waterpark (FYI – The 2016 Wingfest is scheduled for August 7 this year!).
Now, to Primanti Bros. You may be wondering why The Wing Men, who write reviews for hot wing places across NEPA, is mentioning a Pittsburgh restaurant famous for their sandwiches. Well, surprisingly, Primanti Bros. serves hot wings. In fact, they have multiple wing nights – bone wings on Sunday and boneless wings on Monday, both for 51 cents. We tried two flavors, Sweat Heat and Hot, and we thought they were pretty darn good. We are going to save more detail for our official reviews, so keep an eye out for the Primanti Bros. Wing Review in the near future!
If you check out Primanti Bros. before we get there, let us know about your experience in the replies.
Location: 1 Meredith St, Carbondale, PA 18407
Phone number: (570)-282-4664
Wing Night: Sunday and Monday
Wing Night Price: About $6.50 for 10 wings
Wing flavors: Hot, Mild, Hot Garlic, Mild Garlic, Sesame Garlic, Caesar Hot Garlic, Caesar Mild Garlic, Old Bay, BBQ, Garbage, Butter Garlic Parmesan, Hot Honey, Mild Honey, Spicy Ranch, Honey Mustard, Jamaican Jerk, Hot Italian, Mild Italian, Champions Signature Sauce, Salt & Vinegar, Sweet Chili, Porketta
First Visit – 11/16/2015
Overall Rating: 72
Lynch’s Rating: 34
Champion’s Lounge, located within Valley Lanes of Carbondale, is a nice bowling alley lounge filled with a long bar and a couple high tables for eating. It is separated from the lanes itself, but there is a small window that leads to the bowling section where most of the ordering occurs. We arrived a bit early with the hope that we could fit a round of bowling in either before we ate or while we waited for food. Even though the place was completely empty, it was a league night, so we were unable to bowl. We definitely could have fit a game in before the league bowlers arrived. When the doors to the lounge opened, we waited a small while for the bartender to arrive as she was running late. When she did arrive, she was quick to set up and take our order. She was a nice enough bartender and made sure we had everything we needed. The wings did take some time to come out, even though we were the first ones to order any food. It may be that they had to warm up the fryers and mix some sauces.
Wing Size: 7
The wings are quite large at Champion’s Lounge – it won’t take very many to fill you up. Aim to go on Sunday or Monday in order to enjoy the wing night price. Although it wasn’t clearly listed how much wings were on wing night, it came out to about $6.50 for 10 wings based on the total of our orders. You must place orders of ten, but you can get two sauces in an order. A word of advice: It may be better to go on Sunday if you’d like to do some bowling since Monday was league night. That may change throughout the year, so if bowling is a major priority, be sure to call beforehand.
Wing Flavors: 8
We’ve been told multiple times in the past to check out the wings at Champion’s Lounge. I would always ask if they had a lot of flavors because I found it difficult to imagine a bowling alley lounge featuring a wide array of options. Well, consider me surprised once I saw the menu. There are 22 sauces listed, ranging from traditional options to unique choices. The outside-the-box choices include Salt & Vinegar, Porketta, and Old Bay. They even offer a Garbage wing, which I’m beginning to notice is a trend in Carbondale. It is usually mashing together of flavors like Hot, BBQ, Bleu Cheese, and Honey Mustard. It’s an odd combination, but I’m always a fan.
Wing Taste (x2): 7
With the large selection of wings offered at Champion’s Lounge, I decided to stick to safe options that I know I usually enjoy. The Caesar Hot Ranch is a mixture of their base Hot sauce with Caesar and Ranch dressing. They did a good job of mixing the flavors so that one did not over power the taste. It provided a nice spice that I enjoyed. The Spicy Ranch, while similar, did provide a slightly different taste. If you want more variety though, avoid ordering these two together. The Hot were a traditional hot sauce with a hint of spiciness. They were good, but I wasn’t blown away by them. Finally, the Hot Italian, as you could probably guess, was a mixture of the base Hot sauce with Italian dressing. The Italian dressing did not overpower the Hot sauce, as it easily could have, making it a tasty way to finish out my order.
Serniak’s Rating: 38
Is it in Carbondale Twp. or Childs? I don’t know, but that’s not the point. The point is that Champion’s Lounge located inside Valley Lanes have terrific wings and that’s all that matters. We got there at about 5:45 knowing the kitchen wasn’t open until 6, so we decided to bowl. Unfortunately, a league was coming in at 6 and we were told that we couldn’t get a lane. It was kind of a bummer because we were down for throwing some rocks, but whatever the Dude Abides. Our server/bartender was nice and insightful about the wings when we asked about them. The atmosphere was mostly low key since we were the only ones in the lounge for the majority of it. But after 6:30 the league was all in there and it was all good.
Wing Size: 6
The wings themselves are very large. Trust me; you will leave full unless you’re one of those competitive eater type people. But for the rest of us, your standard order will suffice. They get a 6 because it’s odd that they are 6.50 for 10. In my opinion, if you go over the 50 cent mark on a wing night, even in today’s economic climate, then that isn’t much of a deal compared to any other night that you serve wings. I don’t run a business but the absolute majority don’t go over the 50 cent threshold.
Wing Flavors: 9
Who knew that Champion’s Lounge had such a robust list of flavors? Not me, but I know it now. They have 22 flavors in all that also promote uniqueness and variety. Flavors such as old bay, Jamaican jerk, hot Italian, salt and vinegar and their garbage sauce, which is a culmination of several of their sauces, it was easy to give such a good score.
Wing Taste (x2): 8
The hot were nice because they reminded me of that classic hot wing taste; just hot sauce and butter, real valley style. It worked very well and brought me back to a simpler time of wing crafting many years ago. The spicy ranch was another great flavor due to its simplicity. It had the heat of the hot sauce but then was backed up with the cooling of ranch. It didn’t out think itself, it just delivered the goods. Next , I had the Champion’s Signature sauce, which was a sweet/hot sauce. It was really good. Again, it had the heat of the hot sauce, but this time it was backed up by what I think was syrup. Finally, the garbage wings stole the show. It’s a mixture of who knows which and how many flavors. It was complex but also delicious. It was a thinker sauce so I definitely believe ranch was in there, but besides that, I cannot say. It was fantastic. You should definitely order this one, when you hit up the Lanes.
Location: 516 Storrs St, Dickson City, PA 18519
Phone number: (570) 382-8210
Normal Wing Price: $7.99 for 10
Wing Night: Monday
Wing Night Price: 4.99 for 10 wings
Wing flavors: Mild, Medium, Hot, Electric, Bourbon, Sweet Heat, Hot Caesar, Hot Garlic, Hot Garlic Caesar, Hot Garlic Parmesan, Sesame Teriyaki, Bacon Ranch, and Weekly Features
Wing to get: Bourbon
Second Visit – 6.27.16
First Visit – 9.28.15
Overall Rating: 81
Lynch’s Rating: 41
Happy Valley Sports Bar is a relatively new bar/restaurant making a statement for itself within Dickson City. As you may have guessed based on the name, it is a Penn State-themed sports bar, but don’t let the “sports bar” attribute distract from the fact that this place has quite a bit of class. The bar area was well-lit, very clean, and full of TVs showing multiple sports programs with ample room for seating. There is also a dining area for sit-down eating. The great environment was matched by the fantastic service we received on our visit. Our server was friendly and more than willing to answer any questions that we had on the wings. In fact, every member of the staff waited on multiple tables to ensure no customer was looked over. I’m sure you will leave more than happy after your visit to Happy Valley. And yes, pun was intended.
Wing Size: 8
Visit Happy Valley on Monday to enjoy their wing night price of $4.99 for an order of ten. If you’re not able to make it until later in the week, the normal wing price is $7.99 for ten wings. On wing night, Happy Valley allows the splitting of orders so you can get two sauces in an order. The wings themselves are large and in charge. You won’t be leaving Happy Valley hungry if you order your normal amount.
Wing Flavors: 7
I was very pleased by the number of sauce options prepared by Happy Valley. The traditional hot sauce ranges from Mild to Electric (Extra Hot). Then, they mix their hot sauce with various flavors such as Caesar, Garlic, and Parmesan to give you some great combinations. Finally, showing that they are willing to venture into new territory, Happy Valley has crafted some unique sauces like Bacon Ranch and Bourbon. I like that Happy Valley indicates the heat level on their menu in case you want to try something new, but you’re unsure how your body can handle it. Be sure to keep an eye out for sauces featured on their specials menu. On our visit, we had the choice of Honey Sriracha, Butter Garlic Parmesan, and Taco.
Wing Taste (x2): 8
I opted for real diversity with my choices for wing sauces. The Electric, which is described on the menu as an Extra Hot, definitely brought the heat. The high amount of spiciness front and center wasn’t too much to cover up the great flavor in these wings. The Honey Sriracha wasn’t quite what I expected. I was looking for a sweeter wing with that spiciness that you can only get from Sriracha. Instead, the wing was more like a Honey Mustard with a bit of spice. If you’re a fan of Honey Mustard, these wings might be for you, but it wasn’t exactly my style. The Hot Garlic Caesar was a fantastic tasting sauce. The garlic, Casesar, and hot sauce had a good balance that really complimented each other. Finally, the Bourbon wings, marked on the menu as Happy Valley’s signature sauce, were a pleasant surprise. The sauce reminded me slightly of a Jack Daniels sauce with a hint of smokiness and full of fantastic flavor. I can definitely see why it is their signature sauce.
Serniak’s Rating: 40
Not since the last time I was at State College have I felt more like I was at State College, then when I was at relative newcomer to the NEPA wing scene, Happy Valley. To all those out there wondering where is State College and what is Happy Valley, then I advise you wake yourself up. I’m talking about Penn State. You know, one of my alma maters. The place I wish I never left. Well, there’s now a slice of Penn State nestled in Dickson City called Happy Valley that is a welcoming sight for any raging Nittany Lion fan. The place feels like you’re in someone’s well decked out PSU memorabilia laden basement. It’s kind of a nice feeling. It’s super clean and the atmosphere was a positive one. The service was also very good. Our server was very attentive and personable. Also, they distributed moist towelets, which is so cool, when it happens.
Wing Size: 7
Their wings aren’t the size of an offensive line, but they are big enough to satisfy your hunger. They were big, meaty and had a fair amount of crispiness. On their wing night, wings are 50 cents each, which is a little more than the average but only by a few pennies.
Wing Flavors: 8
Happy Valley really does a nice job with their selection. On this night they had 16 flavors to choose from. With typical flavors such as hot and hot garlic, to more nontraditional choices like bacon ranch and sweet heat. They also have featured flavors on their menu that I believe get rotated out. These flavors were taco, sriracha honey, butter garlic parmesan and taco.
Wing Taste (x2): 8
Happy Valley certainly made me happy about my decision to go there. Besides appealing to me due to their love for PSU, their wings were spot on good. First, their regular hot had a very nice sauce laced with kickin spices that really do the trick if you’re looking for heat. Next, I had the hot garlic parm and what made these so great was that they had actually pieces of parmesan cheese on them, not just graded cheese. Such a great touch that adds a real good visual before devouring that lovely combination of hot sauce and garlic. The bacon ranch wings that I got were exactly that and it most certainly delivered. They were excellent. And to me, I even thought I tasted a hint of horseradish. I think I have you pegged Happy Valley. Finally, the most interesting flavor, taco. I’ve had this flavor before, but not like this. They did have the taco seasoning you’d expect, but then they topped them with Mexican style cheese and crumbled Tostitos chips. What a good idea it was. So simple, yet so delicious.