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.
This is your typical, local sports bar. Lining the walls are pictures of either the New York Giants or the Valley View football team, the nearby high school. That being said, sometimes people want that environment, and this place exemplified it the best. It was a local bar without that alienated feel. On top of that, the bartender was very sociable and friendly. He really loved his TV shows and was arguing on behalf of Steve Buscemi for the majority of the time we were there.
Wing Flavors: 8
There were a good variety of wing flavors. It had a lot of your usual sauces, but the inclusion of the Citrus Barbeque and Boom Boom really put this high on the rating scale.
Wing Size: 9
These wings were very big. At $0.35 a wing, it’d be hard to find a bigger wing at the same price. I left Duke’s stuffed.
Wing Taste: 6
After reading the menu and seeing the Boom Boom wing, I had really high expectations. And any place that has a Teriyaki wing is OK in my book. The wings were crispy and rubbery at the same time. Honestly, I’m a rubbery man, but the crisp was nice. The regular hot sauce was your average hot wing. I’m not a huge fan of Barbeque, but the Citrus Barbeque was surprisingly enjoyable. The wings were completely drenched in the thick, barbeque sauce. I could definitely taste the Citrus on the wing. A barbeque wing with a bit of tang. Teriyaki is my go to, but I was let down by the Teriyaki at Duke’s. The sauce was really watery and ended up all over my plate. In fact, the sauce ended up running into my regular hot wings, tainting my opinion of the Hot. Luckily, the citrus barbeque sauce was so thick, it acted as a damn from the teriyaki. The Peno sauce was only average too, nothing spectacular. Finally, I had the Boom Boom, and I was not let down. The description of Spicy Cheese fits it perfectly. It could have called for a bit more sauce on it as the ones without much sauce tasted pretty plain. While the Boom Boom and Citrus Barbeque were delicious, the other sauces just didn’t do it for me.
Individual Score: 37
For starters, the bar/restaurant was a very clean place. It was a horseshoe shaped bar that had a counter top that seemed pretty new. On the walls hung sports teams logos such as the Giants. This place would be a good place to watch a game. There are many TVs all over the place so the watching NFL on Sunday’s would be fine no matter what team you are for. The bartender was a pleasant guy but he knew other people in the bar so he spoke to them the duration of my time there. There wasn’t much interaction between me and the bartender.
Wing Flavors: 8
Duke’s had about 12 different flavors of wings and some of them were ones I never had any where else and I love when that happens. There was one called Peno, which was a sweet hot/garlic mix that very tasty. Citrus BBQ, was unique in that you could distinctly taste the citrus in it. Lastly, there was Boom Boom, which was a spicy cheese sauce that was just dynamite.
Wing Size: 8
These wings were large and in charge and for 35 cents it was quite the bargain. I left the bar full and that is very important to me.
Wing Taste: 8
The 4 flavors I got were hot, honey mustard, peno and boom boom. With the hot wings, they were surprisingly very dull. They weren’t hot or spicy and didn’t have much flavor to be honest. The honey mustard wings were like any standard honey mustard wings you get. Not bad, not great but they were solid and I was in the mood for that particular taste. Now the peno wings is where business picked up. They were a combo of hot, honey and garlic. My favorite part was that you really tasted the sweetness of the honey. It stood out to me. Lastly, the boom boom wings stole the show. A spicy cheese blend that didn’t let me down the boom boom wings impressed me the most. I confidently can say that the boom boom wings had more spice and hotness than the actual hot wings.