Third Time to Waldo’s was a Charm

Waldo's Wings 7.13.17

Basic Information:

Location: 406 Green Ridge St, Scranton, PA 18509
Phone number: (570) 961-8904
Wing Price: $7 for 10 wings
Wing Night: Monday and Thursday
Wing Night Price: 40 cent wings
Wing Flavors*: X-Mild, Mild, Medium, Hot, X-Hot, Waldo’s Death Sauce, Mild Ranch, Medium Ranch, Hot Ranch, Mild Bleu, Medium Bleu, Hot Bleu, Butter Garlic, Mild Honey Garlic, Medium Honey Garlic, Hot Honey Garlic, Porketta, Old Bay, Honey Mustard, BBQ, Captain Morgan, Caesar Parm, Cajun Dry, Mild Cajun, Medium Cajun, Hot Cajun, Taco
*Combine any wing flavors

Third Visit

Overall Rating: 85

Lynch’s Rating: 41 out of 50

Environment: 8
We decided it was time to make another trip to Waldo’s since our last visit over three years ago. Our decision was made very easy by the fact that we heard they had redid the menu, added plenty of new flavors, and build an outdoor patio area. I drive by Waldo’s quite a bit since I’m always on Green Ridge Street of Scranton, but I somehow never noticed the new patio, most likely due to the fact that it is mostly fenced in with a small gate to enter. I entered through the patio gate and immediately thought it was fantastic. There is a covered outside bar area with some tables for dining around it. There are also plenty of tables not covered if you want the full outdoor experience. It looks like there are some heaters for those colder nights, but we went on a warm day so there was no need for that. Looking at the covered dining area, I am going to guess that they will put up some type of wall and bring the heaters into the enclosure to create an awesome outdoor/indoor place for hanging out. They have about 6 drafts on tap outside. We went during a Victory Tap takeover and got to enjoy some delicious brews while dining outdoors. They did provide table service outdoors, and all the wings we ordered came out pretty fast. My quick peek inside revealed that not much has changed on the interior. If you’re a fan of the old Waldo’s, you have the option to hang out inside, but personally, I highly recommend the outdoor dining.

Wing Size: 8
When compared to other places, Waldo’s wings were definitely below average. When compared to prices of other wing places though, Waldo’s excelled. On their wing night, which they feature on both Monday and Thursday, they offer wings for only 40 cents a piece. A price like that is very hard to find this day and age. On top of that, Waldo’s allows you to place an order in any amount you want. I’m traditional, so I stuck to my normal 5, but if you wanted to go crazy, you can probably get 3 or 4 of some flavors. Don’t go too crazy and order 1 of every flavor though. People would start claiming you’re a psychopath.

Wing Flavors: 9
Waldo’s offers a good base of a large variety of flavors containing a mix of the classics and some that are more unique. If you want your classic Mild or Butter Garlic, they’ve got you covered. Want to try a wing that’s a little crazier like Taco or Porketta? Waldo’s should be able to help you out. What really pushed them over the top for me was the note on their menu that states you can combine any flavors. That opens up (as Aladdin would say) a whole new world. They may even have some secret sauces that aren’t on the menu, so be sure to ask and you may be in for a little treat.

Wing Taste (x2): 8
I decided to amp up my usual Hot order by trying the X-Hot. In the past, any time I ordered the step up, I was always surprised at how tame the flavor actually was. Well, let me tell you, these bad boys were super spicy. It was a darker, red sauce full of peppery spiciness. Don’t get me wrong though, they had a ton of flavor that I enjoy quite a bit. Waldo’s didn’t sacrifice flavor just for the sake of heat here. Let me warn you though, it’s not for the faint of heart. I’d almost be concerned for anyone who wanted to try the next step up, Waldo’s Death Sauce. The Hot Cajun Bleu was a flavor thought up in the mind of yours truly. For the most part, it captured the essence of the combination. It had a great Cajun taste to it along with a spicy backbone of the hot sauce. I only got the slightest hint of bleu cheese on this one though. I wish there was a bit more because it would have mellowed out the heat and Cajun spice a bit, which I think would have been a fantastic flavor. Finally, the Caesar Parm is a classic combination that’s hard for me not to order. I love both flavors and Waldo’s does a really good job of combining them for the perfect balance of Caesar and Parmesan cheese. I ordered these with the mild sauce and I’m happy I did because it allowed the Caesar Parm flavor to come through with just the tiniest hint of hot sauce.

Serniak’s Rating: 44 out of 50

Environment: 9
Waldo’s on Greenridge St. reminds a lot Harvey Dent, who’s known to his friends as Two Face because when you walk in the place you get this grittier, throwback bar that reminds you of your classic corner bar. But when you round the corner and get to the outside area, you enter a more modern looking setup that’s all about chilling out and letting that hair down pending you have any. Even if you don’t like me, you could figuratively do it. We sat outside and lucky for us, the weather was on our side. We must of been riding with some serious luck because there was a Victory tasting happening so we got talk brew with a representative of the brewery and also have some fine tasting suds. Outside you’ll find several tables and a another fully operating bar. You’ll also find a cornhole game off to the side. That’s a nice touch because it’s a game you don’t see very often at places and it’s one that everyone is down to play and if they aren’t, well I just think you need to reevaluate your friends. Our server was nice and joked around with us and even the guy behind the bar joked around with is. Everyone just seemed to be in a good mood, which is always a plus. No one wants to relax in a tense environment and Waldo’s did a nice job of making sure people were feeling upbeat. The outside area I think has only been around for a few months. Dynamite idea to add it. I hope they enclose it for the winter. That be rad.

Wing Size: 10
This is an upgrade like you read about. They have 27 flavors on their menu. The last time we were at Waldo’s, which was a few years ago, they only around 7-10 flavors. So they definitely made a decision to really concentrate on their wings and I’m really happy they did. They got your standards but then they have some rising stars like porketta, cajun, old bay, hot bleu and taco. They also have a Waldo’s Death Sauce, which sounds like if you have it then you’re going to have a bad time. But go ahead and test your might and give it a whirl. They also let you combine any of their sauces together in case you’re feeling like a mad scientist. What’s good and something I wish all places did is that they put it right on their menu that you can combine flavors instead of putting me in a kind of guessing state. An easy move that helps out everyone.

Wing Flavors: 9
The size of their wings are around the average mark. They aren’t crazy small or big, to me, they’re regular. But where they go against the grain in a positive way is that for their wing night, they buck the current trend and have a 40 cents wing night. I feel like for the past 5 or so reviews, all I’ve been having are 60 cents wing nights. And as I understand that the price of wings has gone up and wing joints have to keep up, Waldo’s says, nope, we’re staying at 40 cents.

Wing Taste (x2): 8

I went with my classic 20 with 4 different flavors. We’ll go from my least favorite to my favorite because why not? I had the honey mustard. It was a typical honey mustard. All aspects of it were represented. I actually think there was more honey in it than mustard. If you’re into honey mustard, this wing won’t disappoint. Next, I had the cajun dry rub. They had a very healthy coating of cajun seasoning and every square centimeter(possibly a new unit of measurement, I have no idea) was caked with the seasoning. That’s something often gets overlooked. The cajun had a solid heat to it but nothing overbearing. Simply solid. Moving to a flavor that was a bit more intense, and that’s the X-Hot. I was feeling froggy and wanted something with a bit more heat and man did I get what I was looking for. These were legit hot. A lot of times I go out and get the next level up from someone’s regular hot and it’s fine but they don’t bring the heat like I thought they would. Well, that’s not what happened here because these had serious heat and I knew it immediately. But they also had a nice flavor of spice to them. I’ll say that they are my personal limit for hotness from a wing sauce. Any more, I’ll be to the point where I would be hurting eternally. I ate all of them and I’m proud that I did. Like I said earlier, if you want to get the death sauce, be my guest. I’m told no one ever ate them all there so go out and make history. Lastly, I got the taco. So much taco flavor with an assist from what I think was their regular hot sauce. The taco flavor was potent through every bite. Not sure I ever had a taco wing so much punch. Highly recommend them.

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!

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

Parker House Podcast Review 2

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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.

Parker House Wingcast

Backyard Ale House Podcast -A Revival

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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.

Backyard Ale House Wingcast

 

 

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