Sport Hill Inn

Sport Hill Inn 8.24.17

Basic Information:

Location: 984 E Drinker Street, Dunmore, PA 18512
Phone number: (570) 507-9861
Wing Price: $7.99 for 10 wings
Wing Night: Thursday
Wing Night Price: 50 cent wings
Wing Flavors: Mild, Hot, XXX Hot, Honey Hot, Sport Hill Inn BBQ, Honey Mustard, Garlic Parmesan, Sweet & Spicy, Ranch, Garlic Mild, Teriyaki

Overall Rating: 69

Lynch’s Rating: 32 out of 50

Environment: 8
What was old is new again. Sport Hill Inn, known previously as Serafina, which was known previously as Anna Maria’s, is the newest name tied to the restaurant located at 984 E Drinker Street in Dunmore. The place hasn’t really changed much since Serafina. In fact, the menus still have the Serfina name on the front. The inside is made up of distinct areas that really have their own feel. The front entrance brings you into a large, modern-looking bar area with plenty of seating at the bar and high tables. There is also a very large dining room if you wanted to sit down for a nice meal. My favorite part, which happened to be where we sat, was a nice outdoor, covered patio area for some killer outdoor dining. I didn’t get a chance to check out the dining room section, but based on the patio and bar area, it was definitely not busy. Unfortunately, they only allow orders of ten, even on their wing night, so we all had to agree on the flavors we wanted to ensure we got a good variety. We got our orders in quickly and received our food in no time. All in all, it was a pretty good experience. If you’ve been to Serafina in the past, expect much of the same with Sport Hill Inn.

Wing Size: 9
There was a time when the world was a much simpler place. Kids went outside, people actually talked to each other, and wings were 25 cents. This day in age, it’s becoming very difficult to find these things in the wild. Well, except for 25 cent wings, which Sport Hill Inn serves on their wing night. It’s crazy, it’s almost impossible to see a price like this anymore for regular wings. When that check came, I was amazed at how low it was, especially considering the amount of wings we got. While these aren’t the biggest wings you’ll see, you can’t beat that price,. So, go crazy, order 5 more, because, you know, you only YOLO once.

Wing Flavors: 5
You will most likely not be blown away by the wing options at Sport Hill Inn. While this will make most people happy, we at the Wing Men prefer variety and surprises. Don’t get me wrong, there were enough options for us to have a decent selection to eat, but maybe put a weekly special on the menu to experiment with what works. Or start allowing mixture of any sauces. Even better, include some Cajun, Chipotle, Sriracha, Bacon, or Blue Cheese in the mix to really expand your options.

Wing Taste (x2): 5
We had a big share fest with the 40 wings we ordered. The Hot were pretty well executed. It was a classic Buffalo sauce with the right amount of spice and flavor. I really do like the Hot from Sport Hill Inn. Is it the best around? No, but it is a tasty wing that I’m sure you will enjoy. Another standout flavor for me was the Sweet & Spicy sauce. In fact, this was my favorite of the night. It reminded me a lot of a Jack Daniel’s Sauce with a good, spicy kick. The Ranch was a bit of a letdown. Basically, it was ranch dressing on a wing. I will say it did seem slightly different, almost spicier, but it was pretty darn similar to ranch dressing. The Garlic Parmesan was a thick white sauce consisting, as you probably could have guessed, of garlic and parmesan cheese. The garlic was strong in this one, but the parmesan cheese was a bit lacking. Overall, the Garlic Parmesan was a bit underwhelming. I wish both the Ranch and Garlic Parmesan were mixed with hot. I think this would add another level of flavor that would make these wings stand out a bit more.

Serniak’s Rating: 37 out of 50

Environment: 7
We have an old building that we’ve been to before but it is a new place, sort of. We went to Sport Hill Inn, which is located in Dunmore and occupies the space that was formerly Serafina’s. Their emblem for the place looks like a Milwaukee Bucks logo, which I think is sharp. Not many bars around here that embrace the Greek Freak but we might have one now. The setup was pretty much the same. Nice clean, classy bar on the inside with a fair amount of tables and equipped with an outside seating area that has plenty of room with TVs to watch whatever you’d like. We didn’t check it out, but if all things are the same as before, there’s another side to the place past the bar that also has plenty of seating. There’s even a downstairs area that I used to perform stand up comedy in that can really be utilized if the right idea gets implemented. I said the place was sort of a new place because when we got the menus, the name Serafina’s was on the menu. Perhaps the business is still in the family and they kept everything the same but changed the name of the place. Who knows. It was however surprising to see that. Our server was very nice and joked around with us. She was personable and in good spirits. That goes along way. The place is called Sport Hill Inn but I couldn’t really notice if it’s trying to be a sports bar or a classy type of cocktail loung place. It’s the kind of place, and we’ve seen this before, where a place has a wing night but wings aren’t their flagship meal. Maybe at Sport Hill, their best dish is Italian? Couldn’t tell you. The place is pretty new so maybe they’re trying to do a hybrid kind of a thing.

Wing Size: 10
Like Billy Bob would say ‘I give it a ten a ten a%#@%^#) ten.” Why? Because wings on Thursdays are a classic 25 cents a wing that’s why. Makes you feel like it’s 1999 when you get the bill. The size of the wings are around the average mark. Not to wildly big but also not way tiny or anything like that. You did however have to get 10 for them to be 25 cents, which if that’s a problem for anyone please escort yourself to another planet.

Wing Flavors: 6
Sport Hill has 12 flavors to choose from and they’re all mostly the classics. Mild, hot, honey mustard, garlic parm, sweet and spicy, ranch and teriyaki to name the majority. Nothing to out of the ordinary but it’s nice to see that they had the essentials with a few more that I would say are more than just the usual with the teriyaki, sweet and spicy and their Sport Hill BBQ, which stupidly, I didn’t get.

Wing Taste (x2): 7

We split 40 wings and got the hot, sweet and spicy, ranch and garlic parm. The hot were fine but kind of forgettable. To me, they just didn’t have any oomph to them. No sizzle. They weren’t that hot, which I’m used to but they were also kind of just there. Oh well. The sweet and spicy were loaded with flavor. Excellent balance of twang and sweetness that was good with every bite. They had a beautiful thick sauce that could make you think they were designed as an Asian style. Either way, they were spot on. The ranch were exactly that. Just ranch dressing or perhaps even ranch dip. Not exactly sure but if you like ranch on everything, and I know some of you do, this is the flavor you’ve always wanted. Lastly, were the garlic parm. I thought maybe these would end up being infused with hot or mild sauce, which happens often, but I was pleasantly surprised find out they were just garlic parm. I love when that happens. Don’t get me wrong, try getting me right and hear me when I say that i thoroughly enjoy when garlic parm wings are just that: garlic and parm. It goes together so well and so did these. Copious amounts of garlic and parmesan cheese all over them. I highly recommend them.

 

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Serafina Podcast Review

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We’ve made a return trip to Serafina’s Restaurant after more than two years away. And we have to say, they’ve really upped their game. Head to the bottom of the post to listen to the podcast review!

In this one, we kind of lacked in the intro department. Well, I’m sure you’ll hear when you give the podcast a listen. We also talk about how Serafina expanded their wing selection, which is always a plus. And, we talk about their sweet outdoor area. It’s pretty spectacular.

If you want to read about our experience from over two years ago, we saved it within the Serafina Review Page. Be sure to check it out.

Serafina Wingcast

Serafina Restaurant

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Basic Information:

Location: 984 E Drinker St, Dunmore, PA 18512
Phone number: (570)-507-9861
Wing Price: $8.99 for 12
Wing Night: Thursday
Wing Night Price: 65 cent wings
Wing flavors: Mild, Hot (Add Garlic), BBQ, Italian, Teriyaki, Sweet & Tangy, Honey Mustard

Second Visit – 11/10/16

Serafina Podcast Review


First Visit – 6/6/2014

Overall Rating: 63

Lynch’s Rating: 33

Environment: 7

Serafina’s is located near the end of Drinker Street in Dunmore. It is located in the building that used to be known as Anna Maria’s, which was a business well known in these parts for being on Restaurant: Impossible. I have never been to Anna Maria’s or seen the show, so this will be the last that I speak of it. I say, out with the old, in with the new, and Serafina’s is a newer place. It is a very interesting Italian restaurant. It provided plenty of parking behind the building. I entered through the dining room, and I must say that it is really nice in there. The dining room has plenty of tables for some good Italian dining and a well-stocked bar. I was confused though because it was completely empty. That’s when the hostess advised me that the bar is in the front. The bar is a completely different scene. It is a smaller bar with some small tables. You have a couple sit down tables and some higher bar tables. The bar was packed and I could see a lot of people eating wings. I was there for the open mic comedy night. This was actually in the basement. When we were settled, we told the bartender we were hoping to see the open mic, so he said we can head downstairs and he would bring the food down to us when it was ready. They were really nice about the whole thing and very accommodating. The basement is another scene altogether. It reminded me of a bar someone would have in his or her own basement. It was very low key. The place sort of reminded me of Mulligan’s. I don’t mean there was a bunch of drunk dudes hitting on a bunch of girls, it’s more that there is three distinct and completely different areas of this one restaurant. It was nice because not only did we get to eat some wings, but we got a comedy show. Granted, it was an open mic, so it’s a lot of local comedians practicing their jokes. If you approach it with that mind set, it is quite enjoyable.

Wing Flavors: 3

Not many flavors to choose from. You get mild, hot, hot garlic, bbq and ranchero, which is ranch mixed with either mild or hot sauce. I’m not surprised that there aren’t many flavors. I got the impression that Serifina is more of a classy destination as opposed to your typical bar that caters to people who really only wants wings and other bar food. It’s not wrong of them by any means, it’s just the way it goes.

Wing Size: 9

It is such a breath of fresh air to see a place that has a low wing price. At $0.25 a wing, you will find it very difficult to find a place that offers a wing at the same price. The wings themselves were a pretty decent size too. Maybe they’re trying to draw people in with the low wing price. I’d have to say it worked.

Wing Taste: 7

I was pleasantly surprised at how good these wings were. In my past experiences, Italian restaurants didn’t exactly excel at good wings. There wasn’t much variety, so I got the Hot and the Ranchero. The Hot wing sauce is a buttery, tobacco-based sauce. I love wings that are more buttery than vinegary. They had an enjoyable, spicy taste to them. The Ranchero uses the same hot sauce as a base and mixes it with Ranch dressing. Although the wing taste was very similar between the wings, the Ranch did give it a little bit of a different flavor. With a nice hot sauce as a base, it’s hard to mess it up. Personally, I liked the plain Hot more, which I found surprising.

 

Serniak’s Rating: 30

Environment: 8

Serafina, located in Dunmore is a different kind of place considering their night for wing night. The upstairs gives the impression of fine dining equipped with a full bar and separate dining area behind the front dining area. It is very clean and I bet it would be a great place to go if it’s just the two of you. Thursday is their wing night and it is also newly started open mic comedy night. This is where up and coming comics can go and try out their new material. The comedy club is located in the downstairs area and it is a very intimate room. You can order your food from the upstairs or you can order in comedy club. Our server was a nice guy who was very helpful in explaining to us the situation. The comics that performed were really funny people who deliver a real entertaining show. I highly recommend you check the place out on a Thursday especially that guy who said the Pledge of Allegiance.

Wing Flavors: 4

Not many flavors to choose from. You get mild, hot, hot garlic, bbq and ranchero, which is ranch mixed with either mild or hot sauce. I’m not surprised that there aren’t many flavors. I got the impression that Serifina is more of a classy destination as opposed to your typical bar that caters to people who really only wants wings and other bar food. It’s not wrong of them by any means, it’s just the way it goes.

Wing Size: 8

We have found a place that has tied for the cheapest wing night with Mazie’s. The price for wings is 25 cents a wing. You simply don’t see wings for that price any more. It was nice to see and consume. The size of the wings was slightly above average. I got 20 and I was very satisfied.

Wing Taste: 5

I ordered 10 hot and 10 hot ranchero. One thing I noticed about the wings was you can tell they were very greasy. Now I know wings are naturally going to be a greasy based on the fact they are fried. But you could see that orange color on them and no, it wasn’t just the color of the hot sauce. The hot had that classic valley hot sauce taste. What I mean is, they balance the hot sauce with adding butter making it very tasty and you wanting more. They weren’t that hot or spicy but I’m so used to that that it hardly fazes me anymore  The hot ranchero had a great light orange color to them. Wait until you see the picture of them. They were your typical hot ranch flavor Lynch and I will always order and they represented the style well.