We have another podcast for you from another place we haven’t been to in a while. This time, we made the short trip to Parker House to gorge on some wings. Check out our Podcast Review at the bottom of this post!
We have to say, every visit we have made to Parker House has been better than the last, with this really putting icing on the cake. They have added some new flavors to the menu with some really interesting options that were truly delicious. Plus, we got to try some secret sauces not on the menu. Give the podcast a listen so you could potentially order them on your next visit to the Parker House! Oh, and see if you can count all the references to The Social Network in this one.
If you want to check out our previous visits to Parker House, head over to the Parker House Review Page, where we have our first visit as a written review and our last visit as another podcast.
We’ve got another one for you! This time, we visited the Backyard Ale House. Listen to our podcast review at the bottom of this post.
If you read our last review of Backyard Ale House, you might remember that it definitely was not the best experience. It was strange because we always have such a great time at this place. Well, let me tell you, Backyard Ale House has definitely made up for that one experience. Everything was on point this time – fantastic service and delicious wings! We knew that the one bad visit was just a fluke.
Head over to the Backyard Ale House Review Page to check out all our previous visits, but definitely do them a service by listening to the latest podcast so you can see that they are just as awesome as always.
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.
I hope everyone is prepping for this year’s Wings at the Waterpark, which is exactly four weeks away on August 7. 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 third year for the event. 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, head over to the 2016 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 Ave 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
Andy Gavin’s Eatery & Pub
Don Baldo’s by Iris
Nona’s Pizza & Family Restaurant
Vendors are being added all the time, so check out Facebook for the latest additions.
We’ve been making a bunch of return trips to places we haven’t been in a while. Mickey Gannon’s is the latest one to make the cut. Listen to our Wingcast below to hear all about it.
Since our last visit, Mickey Gannon’s has changed up their flavors. In fact, they now have some flavors not on the menu. We reveal all in the Podcast review. We’ve even dubbed Mickey Gannon’s “The Pride of Green Ridge”. I think a lot of people would agree based on how many people love their regular Hot sauce.
Location: 2225 Jackson St, Scranton, PA 18504
Phone number: (570)-342-5197
Wing Price: $7.50 for 10
Wing Night: Tuesday
Wing Night Price: 50 cent wings
Wing flavors: Mild, Medium, Hot, Ranch, Sweet N Tangy BBQ, Sesame Oriental, Hot Garlic, Hot Garlic Parmesan, Porketta
First Visit – 12/8/2015
Overall Rating: 61
Lynch’s Rating: 26
Rep’s Place in Scranton is a bar that appears to be tailored toward regular patrons. You enter into a large bar area with tall tables and a long bar for slinging drinks. There is also a back section past the bar that is dedicated to sit-down tables. We were unsure if this was a place that had a waitress taking orders, so we walked up to the bar to order our wings and sat at one of the high tables. The bartender was nice enough, focusing on getting his job done while conversing with people at the bar. Our order took a little bit of time to come out, which was surprising considering the place wasn’t overly packed. Just a warning: Be prepared to smell like old cigarette smoke immediately upon leaving Rep’s as this place most definitely allows smoking.
Wing Size: 7
The wings at Rep’s were sufficiently big and meaty. Normally $7.50 for 10 wings, Rep’s offers 50 cent wings on Tuesday for their wing night. They do allow orders of five, so you can get more variety with your order.
Wing Flavors: 6
For a small bar located in the back streets of Scranton, Rep’s provides a pretty decent selection of flavors. Of course, they offer your classic flavors of Mild, Medium, and Hot, but they do venture off the beaten path a little bit with interesting options such as Porketta, Sweet N Tangy BBQ, and Sesame Oriental.
Wing Taste (x2): 4
The regular Hot wings at Rep’s have been suggested to us multiple times in the past as a good traditional sauce. I’ll be honest though, it was not my style. The sauce had a harsh acidity that I didn’t like. This was especially apparent once I had some of the other wings and came back to the Hot. The sauce was almost unbearable to my taste buds once I came back to it. The Porketta wing was another that was underwhelming. I like that Rep’s includes butter with their porketta seasoning, but the seasoning was lacking and only covered half of the wing. The Hot Garlic Parmesan balanced Rep’s hot sauce with bits of garlic and Parmesan cheese. These wings were tasty. I preferred them much more over the Hot. Finally, the Oriental Sesame ended up being the best of the bunch. It was a sweeter, sticky sauce with a nice hint of salt, similar to a Teriyaki sauce.
Serniak’s Rating: 35
I live in Scranton, but I can honestly say I don’t find myself in West Scranton too often. But, I was there for wings at a place called Reps Place. This place was throwback, it was old school and I really dug it. I love places that look, feel and smell like you just walked into 1978. It’s like entering into the past and then you eat. I even like when places like this that still allow smoking. I don’t smoke, but I believe bars are places for sin and escaping societal norms. Reps is a place where a man can be a man and I like that. Our server/bartender was behind the bar so you’ll have to order your food from the bar. I don’t like when every place plays it that way but here and there it’s nice not to have to rely on anybody. Our server/bartender was a friendly fella. Another cool thing about Reps is that really pay homage to policemen and the force. There’s a lot of local policing history on the walls that will make you say “didn’t know that.” The crowd was a burly bunch. Seemed like real tough dudes that get out of work and head there before bed. Fine with me, but you may hear somethings that will make you say “did I just hear that?”
Wing Size: 7
They’re pretty big at Rep’s Place. You should go home full and at 45 cents a wing and given the current state of wing prices, it’s all good.
Wing Flavors: 7
Solid flavors will be found at Reps. There’s other places that have more but their selection was solid. Traditional flavors can be had, but you can also get other ones such as sweet n tangy, sesame oriental and porketta, which is really on the rise.
Wing Taste (x2): 7
Again, Reps is solid. They’re like Xavier in NCAA basketball. They’re feisty, play hard and are consistently a tough out. First, their hot really reminded me of the old style wing sauces that I grew up with; just hot sauce and butter. No surprises with it, just good heat and full of spice. Next was the sweet n tangy. They were interesting because I figured they would be a redder sauce, like I usually see. But that wasn’t the case. These were more light yellowish. And the reason for that I believe is because their sweet n tangy are honey mustard. A bit of a curve ball there and I thought it over and I’m fine with it. Honest mustard is literally sweet n tangy. I like the misdirection especially because they were very tasty. I went with the sesame oriental next and they didn’t disappoint. A classic sticky, Asian blend of spices and sweetness is what this sauce was all about. It was a good compliment to my other sauces. Finally, the porketta were all that. Not like Lori Beth Denberg but the all that way you just want to keep having. They were properly seasoned, not too much not too little and they had a butter coating as well that kept the seasoning in place.
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
Overall Rating: 76
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
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
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.