John’s Italian Restaurant

John's Italian Restaurant 3.28.17

Basic Information:

Location: 570 PA-590 Hamlin, PA 18427
Phone number: (570) 689-2659
Normal Wing Price: 10 for $8.95
Wing Night: Tuesday
Wing Night Price: $0.40 to $0.50 cents a wing, depending on wing sauce
Wing flavors: Mild, Medium, Hot, Mild Garlic, Medium Garlic, Hot Garlic, Garlic Parmesan, BBQ, Roasted Garlic Parmesan, Mango Habanero, Spicy Asian

Overall Rating: 71

Lynch’s Rating: 35 out of 50

Environment: 8
The Wing Men had a real classic mix-up on our visit to John’s Italian Restaurant. Usually, we’ll meet up first in order to drive together to a new wing place because we believe solidarity is key when it comes to wing reviews. For this trip, due to prior engagements, we had to take separate cars. Well, we ended up at two different restaurants named John’s Italian Restaurant in pretty close vicinity. After we both arrived at the correct John’s Italian Restaurant in Hamlin, we got to reviewing. The place is first and foremost a classic Italian Restaurant, which is not only apparent by the name but also obvious after looking at the large number of traditional Italian meals offered on their menu. There’s a very small bar area and an extremely large dining area for traditional family dining. John’s also has a small section up front to pay your bill and pick up and take-out you may have ordered. There were only a small number of people in the restaurant on our visit, but I did see a good amount of people arrive for take-out. Our waitress was very nice and our food arrived in a timely manner. There were no issues there. On top of that, we received some moist towelettes after our meal was complete, so that’s obviously a plus in our books.

Wing Size: 9
John’s Italian Restaurant has an interesting pricing strategy for their wings. The first set of wings cost 40 cents on wing night. This includes classic flavors such Mild, Hot, and Hot Garlic. The next tier, priced at 45 cents each, consisted of BBQ, Roasted Garlic Parmesan, and Mango Habanero. Finally, in a class of its own, the Spicy Asian wings were priced at 50 cents each. Regardless of your thoughts on this pricing strategy, which I’m sure Serniak will have some thoughts in his review, the wings were very large, even at the highest price. Honestly, 50 cents a wing is becoming the norm on wing night, and these Spicy Asian wings were massive at that price. They do require minimum orders of 10 on their wing night, and will not split orders with two different sauces.

Wing Flavors: 4
While John’s Italian Restaurant offers some unique sauces that could be harder to find at some other places, the overall wing menu is a bit lacking. In total, John’s lists 11 different sauces, but in reality, the majority of the sauces are just variations on the same sauce. I think they can really benefit by potentially adding Ranch, Caesar, or even some sort of Italian seasoning into the sauces generation. I understand that john’s Italian restaurant may not be known specifically for their wings, but I would love to see what they can do with other sauces, especially after trying some of the flavors that are outside of the norm.

Wing Taste (x2): 7
Since John’s only allows orders of ten, we split a couple orders to ensure we got the most band for our buck. The Hot was your standard, run-of-the-mill buffalo sauce. It succeeded in being a good representation of a classic Hot, but didn’t shine in any way. The Roasted Parmesan was a very thick, almost gravy-like whitish cream sauce, so I was definitely intrigued. It did a good job representing the roasted garlic flavor, but I think it could have benefited with more parmesan cheese, salt, or some other seasoning to really amplify the taste. Thinking back on it, I bet this sauce would be good if added to the traditional hot. The Mango Habanero was done right at John’s Italian Restaurant. The sauce was very much like a sweet and sour sauce with the right amount of habanero spice added. When I order a sauce with habanero in the wing, I want that great, spicy habanero taste, which John’s really brought to the table. Finally, the real shining star of the bunch was the Spicy Asian. These wings were fantastic. The wings were coated in a slight breading that was well seasoned and not over the top like breaded wings I have experienced in the past. The sauce was a tasty, sticky Teriyaki-like sauce with a great spice and flavor to it. Finally, the wings were sprinkled with Sesame seeds adding to the whole aesthetic appeal of these wings. These wings were awesome. I find it interesting that the best wings I had at John’s Italian Restaurant were those unique ones like Mango Habanero and Spicy Asian. I think that just goes to show that thinking outside the box and trying new things can result in some positive outcomes. That’s why I hope John’s Italian Restaurant continues trying new sauces and expands their wing menu.

Serniak’s Rating: 36 out of 50

Environment: 7
My experience at John’s Italian Restaurant in Hamlin starts at a very different location, at a place located around 10 miles away. At a place called John’s Italian Restaurant, in Greentown. Yep, that’s right. There are two John’s Italian Restaurants named John’s Italian Restaurant within 10ish miles apart in NEPA. As you could imagine, I was not at all thrilled with the idea that when I typed John’s Italian Restaurant into Google, that I was sent to a Johns Italian Restaurant that wasn’t the correct John’s Italian Restaurant. I felt duped and thought that once again the Universe decided to stop my momentum. But do you think I let a little anomaly like two restaurants being named the same exact name stop me from continuing my quest to eat wings? Gimme a Hello No! We did what we always do, we fought back and made the trek across the county/counties/continents and made it to Hamlin. As I approached the John’s Italian Restaurant in Hamlin, I immediately noticed how big it was. It was a real deal, fully sized for any situation restuarant. It had a bar area and huge dining area, so all ages and creeds can get involved. We were seated in the dining area. It was extremely clean and had the feeling of a place you bring your family on a friday night after a game. Probably a lot of pizza parties happen here. Also, gotta say it’s a bit of ballsy move for a place to specialize in Italian food be a place that touts their wings. This place has entered wing competitions and have won awards for their wings. So hats off to them for being versatile. I should’ve requested to sit at the bar area because at that time, there was only one other group of people in there and I’m starting to think that I’m more of a sit at the bar guy when it’s just me and one other person. Sitting at the bar opens the door for more interesting things to happen and be said and I’m a guy who likes to laugh at funny things strangers say. Our server, who I’m told is a hell of a frisbee thrower, was nice and diligent with us. She even gave us what might of been the royal treatment by giving us moist towelettes. I say it was a royal treatment but chances are everyone gets offered those. Either way, it made me feel good thinking that I was getting something that not everyone gets. Rule #36; appreciate the little things.

Wing Size: 7
I wrestled with this decision for this rating because the prices for wings on their wing night is a bit different than most. You can get mild,medium,hot,mild garlic,medium garlic,hot garlic for 40 cents. You can get garlic parm,bbq,roasted garlic parm,mango habanero for 45 cents and spicy asian for 50 cents. That’s pretty jumbled to me. Also, you have to order them in quantities of 10, not 5. I always prefer to get orders of 5 because that means I can get more flavors. I mean it’s not hard to read on a menu but I just want flavors to be all the same price. Essentially, I want life to be as easy as possible. Now like I’ve said in the past, I’ve never operated my own restaurant so I really have no idea what it takes to create mass amounts of sauces. But, I have been to many places for wings and the absolute majority don’t set up their sauces like this. I’m also a firm believer if ain’t broke don’t fix it. So if this has been working and generating more of that green, keep on keepin on. Now, the reason why I didn’t give them a 6 for this setup is because the wings are huge. Like Steel Force big. And getting all these wings for under 50 cents is a really good deal. I powered through my standard 20 NBD unlike some other Wingmen who only finished 13(not that I’m counting or mentioning any names) but trust me, if you get your typical order whatever that is, you’ll be full.

Wing Flavors: 6
John’s Italian Restaurant does a solid job of dishing out the essential wing flavors that you need to see on any wing list. They have your mild, medium and hot. They have garlic parm, bbq, mango habanero and even one called roasted garlic parm. They even have their award winning sauce, which is a spicy asian. There are 11 total flavors. But to me, these are mostly standard flavors that the majority of places have. And honestly, I know I’m giving them a rating of a 6, but I’m pretty sure this place’s specialty is Italian food. I would have been shocked if they were stocked with a huge variety of flavors. It be like going to a steakhouse and finding out that they have 45 different kinds of shrimp. Maybe John’s goes and creates more flavors? That be great. But I think they’re in a comfortable spot with the amount of flavors they have. Maybe add some ranch and sriracha into some flavors. Those are can’t miss.

Wing Taste (x2): 8

The wings were all cooked very well. A very nice crispness was what John’s brought with every wing. First off, we got the hot. Nothing out of the ordinary here, just a very tasty wing that was much more than just putting Frank’s Red Hot on wings. Though we weren’t in the valley, they had a buttery valley like flavor to them. I could’ve used more spice but flavor the sauce is what stuck out. Next were the mango habanero. I’d say there was more sweetness from the mango than heat from the habanero but it was still balanced pretty damn well. It started with an initial sweetness but then was backed up quickly with the heat. Wonderful stuff. It’s nice to see mango habanero becoming more of a staple in today’s society. Who said we weren’t progressing as a people? Then comes the roasted garlic parm. Such a lovely display these were. Had a real cream colored creamy garlic sauce. It wasn’t what I expected. It was a real thick sauce pure garlic sauce. Not just garlic and parm sprinkled on them. It was a legit sauce and man was there a ton of it. These guys don’t skimp on sauce. Fact. If you’re a garlic freak, like myself, then you need to order this. Lastly, we got the reason why we were brought here and that was the award winning spicy asian. Now, these wings were even larger than the other and I think I know why. I also think I know why this particular flavor won an award. I feel like Tom Hanks cracking the Da Vinci Code with this revelation. Not saying that there’s devine intervention in this flavor but I’m also not not saying that either. These wings have a breading coating them and it’s excellent. It’s excellent because they’re cooked so well. So crispy. The sauce is also on point. It emcompasses everythnig that a spicy asian sauce should have. It’s got the sweetness from a sesame sauce but the bite from all the spices you’d expect from a General Tso sauce. It also walked a real tightrope between a thick and thin sauce that it might of invented a whole new state of matter.

 

PS- There has to be a story why there are 2 John’s Italian Restaurants. There just has to be. I can’t live in a world where this just happened by accident. I’ll eat my arms if this is just a coincidence. Maybe it takes a guy like me who thinks he might be Tom Hanks from the Da Vinci Code to crack this mystery. Or, maybe it just takes someone who actually knows the backstory to explain this to me. Either way is fine.

Grande Pizza Podcast Review 2

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Wow! Can you believe it’s been nearly three whole years since we made our last visit to Grande Pizza in Dunmore? It’s been too long and we sure were happy to make a return trip.  Check out our podcast review of our most recent visit at the bottom of this post.

In this podcast, we talk about the changes to Grande Pizza since our last visit. And let us just say, they have changed a lot. Grande Pizza has expanded their wing options a bit and moved into a completely new building across the street. Thing are much different than they used to be, that’s for sure. Also, as The Wing Men often do, we got a little bit off topic. We may have spent a little bit of time talking about the limitations of human evolution. As they say, nothing goes together better than hot wings and the destruction of planet Earth as we know it.

Once again, this podcast was sponsored by Condron Media, so definitely give it a listen if you’re a local, small business that wants some free services.

Oh, and head over to the Grande Pizza Review Page to check out our previous visits at the old location. Enjoy the podcast!

Grande Pizza Wingcast

Benny’s

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Basic Information:

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

First Visit – 1/04/17

Overall Rating: 82

Lynch’s Rating: 41 out of 50

Environment: 9
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

Environment: 9
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.

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

 

 

American Grille at the Bomb Bay Cafe

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Basic Information:

Location: 1044 Main Ave, Dickson City, PA 18519
Phone number: (570) 489-2229
Wing Night: Tuesday
Wing Night Price: $0.50 cents a wing
Wing flavors: Regular (Hot, Medium, Mild), Garlic (Hot, Medium, Mild), Garlic Parmesan (Hot, Medium, Mild), Parmesan (Hot, Medium, Mild), Chris’s Sauce, Robbie Manzzoni, Butter and Garlic, Butter and Garlic Parmesan, Jack Daniels BBQ, Brad’s Sauce (tomato based), Sesame Teriyaki, Honey Mustard, Creamy Caesar, Creamy Caesar (Hot, Medium, Mild), Creamy Caesar (Garlic, Garlic Parmesan), Boom Boom, Tina’s Sauce (Boom-Boom Teriyaki), Carolina Gold, Carolina Blue, Horsey Sauce, Spiedie Sauce, Asian Duck, Lemon Garlic, Chipotle BBQ, Dreamy Creamy Cheesy, Peanut, Ginger, Hot Brown Sugar, Southwestern, Porketta, Old Bay, Applewood

First Visit – 10/11/16

Overall Rating: 82

Lynch’s Rating: 40 out of 50

Environment: 8
Driving along Main Ave in Dickson City, you may have noticed a slight change to the scenery in the form of a new restaurant called American Grille at the Bomb Bay Café. While it’s not a new building, it really stood out to me because it replaces a long-standing bar called Mug Shots. On top of that, Bomb Bay Café was a restaurant that used to be located in Archbald that we went to as The Wing Men a number of times in the past and loved. So let’s get down to it. Even though Mug Shots was a highly recognizable restaurant to me because I drove by it hundreds of times throughout my life in NEPA, I never once stepped in the building. So, every aspect of the Bomb Bay Café was like I was walking into a new restaurant. It was much larger than I expected. There’s a huge, square bar along the back wall and plenty of booths and tables in case you wanted to sit down and enjoy your dinner. There were only a handful of people in the place, so we had our choice of seats at the bar and got started. Our bartender was extremely nice. He was very amicable and could talk to you about anything. He knew his stuff about all the wings and was always checking in on us, too. We did have to wait a little bit for the wings to come out even though there weren’t too many people in the place. It was cash-only place when we went, but they are in the process of setting up the card system.

Wing Size: 4
We made out visit to Bomb Bay Café on Tuesday to make sure we got those sweet wing night wing prices. Wings are 50 cents each on wing night and you can place orders 5, so this really allows you to try their huge variety of flavors. While they do offer a mix of smaller and bigger wings, I felt like my wings fell a little bit more on the smaller side.

Wing Flavors: 10
One of my favorite things about the old Bomb Bay Café was the large variety of wing sauces they offered. I’m happy to say that they carried on this tradition in their new location. Of course they carry your classics like Hot, Butter and Garlic, and Honey Mustard, but they go well beyond that with all their offerings. They have special sauce mixes such as the Robbie Manzzoni (Butter, Garlic, Chipotle, Parmesan) and other non-traditional options like an Applewood Dry Rub or a Horsey Sauce. They’re bound to have something to please even the most eclectic tastes.

Wing Taste (x2): 9
It would seem that Bomb Bay Café has also brought their delicious sauces with them because these wings were fantastic. I ordered a decent variety with all the different wing sauces. First up was the Regular Hot. This was the only wing sauce that didn’t wow me. It had a decent level of spice with a high acidity that could be perceived as harsh to some. It was a good and average hot. The Horsey is a style you don’t see too often. That’s unfortunate because that horseradish taste always seems to work on a fried wing. The Robbie Manzzoni is packed full of great flavor with its combination of butter, garlic, chipotle (may have been another tasty spice), and Parmesan cheese. There’s a lot of stuff happening on this wing and it all works. Finally, I ordered the Hot Creamy Caesar. This is a classic wing sauce that is always delicious and Bomb Bay Café follows suit. It has the right balance with only a hint of the hot sauce and a strong taste of creamy Caesar dressing. It’s so hard to choose, but this may have been my favorite wing out of the bunch.

Serniak’s Rating: 42 out of 50

Environment: 7
If you’re privy to the wing scene in the greater NEPA area then you should remember a place nestled in the thunderously beating heart of Archbald called the Bomb Bay Cafe . Well that place closed down a few years ago which was unfortunate because the Bomb Bay Cafe were well on their way to setting up a periodic table’s worth of interesting and delicious wing flavors. Fast forward to 2016 and Bomb Bay Cafe is back under the name American Grille at the Bomb Bay Cafe. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes of wing hell, the American Grille at the Bomb Bay Cafe is spreading its wings and we are all standing it its wake, which is a good thing. The building the American Grille at the Bomb Bay Cafe occupies was formerly Mug Shots located in Dickson City. It’s a very clean place, with enough space that allows you to bring large groups of people as long you’re not paling around with the Heenan Family. Lotta problems with them. Our bartender, Corey, was a real nice guy. He spoke to us like he’s known us for years and explained some of their wing flavors and what they were all about. Real salt of the earth guy. My biggest take away from the bar was that it seems like a great place to go and put a shift in. Now I’m not saying that people should go and drink irresponsibly but I’m a realist and know that some people are going to go and let their hair down. So if you are looking for a place to go and do work, the American Grille at the Bomb Bay Cafe is a solid destination.

Wing Size: 7
The wings here are a generous size. There’s certainly bigger, but there are certainly smaller wings out there. Again not to sound redundant except for how redundant this will sound, their wings are at 50 cents each on their wing night. Right at what we believe the average is.

Wing Flavors: 10
As Billy Bob would say “a 10, I give it a 10!!” The American Grille at the Bomb Bay Cafe gets right back to their roots with flavor selection. 33 from my count. Sauces such as Carolina Blue, horsey sauce, spiedie sauce, the classics and a special selection of sauces that have first names attached to them like Tina’s, Chris’s, Robbie Mazzoni and Brad’s sauce will keep your taste buds happy. And that’s important. You have to respect the creativeness that the American Grille at the Bomb Bay Cafe put into their wings. You just have to.

Wing Taste (x2): 9

This place really picked up where they left off from a few years ago. I got my standard 20. Of course, going to a place for the first time or the 2nd time, which ever way you want to look it is fine, I got their hot. I actually thought, their hot were ordinary. Had the hot flavor and heat that you’d expect, but that was it. Kind of similar to several places version of their “hot” wing. That’s what happens when you’re a spoiled wing blogger. You want every flavor to knock your socks off. We’ll work in it. Next I got Tina’s sauce, which is a teriyaki mixed with boom-boom sauce. This is a combination that not only I didn’t expect, but one I’ve never seen before. Nothing like a good surprise. It was a good call on the part of the Grille. The saltiness of the teriyaki mixed with the creaminess of the boom-boom was was an excellent duo. Next I got the southwestern dry rub and I’m glad I did because the Grille did a very smart but often overlooked aspect of dry rubs and that’s they coated each side of the wing. Not just the top. As for the flavor, it was loaded with different spices. There were so many flavors involved that I’m ballparking the number of different spices involved from 6 to 411. Finally, I got the Carolina Blue. I remembered how much I loved this flavor at the old place, so I wanted to relive the past. I was rewarded for this play because the Carolina Blue were top notch. That mixture of bbq and blue cheese is such a one-two punch that even Manny Pacquiao wouldn’t be able to handle even if he’s on the gas. The sweet and smokey wrapped together with the sharpness of the blue cheese is something I need more of in my life. I’m sure you felt the same.

Smiler’s Revisit Podcast Review

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We’ve made a return trip to Smiler’s after more than two years away. And boy, did we miss it! Check out the Podcast Review at the bottom of this post!

Smiler’s is one of our favorite places to go. The wings themselves are super meaty and all their wing sauces are very delicious. In fact, the Teriyaki may be the best Teriyaki in the NEPA region. You can here all about it in the podcast, on top of a sweet reference to the famous wrestler Mankind. How can you go wrong?!

To check out our previous podcast on Smiler’s our read about our earlier visits there, head over to the Smiler’s Review Page.

Smiler’s Review Wingcast

M and J’s Podcast

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We made a second visit to M and J’s, so that means we are now bringing you a podcast. Head to the bottom of the post to give it a listen!

M and J’s, located at the top of the Wildcat,  is a pretty great place that gives you a good selection of wing sauces. You get your classic options, but they throw in some interesting options like the Garbage wing and the Sriracha Wing. You can hear all about it in the podcast, as well as some of the great mottos that Serniak invents.

If you want to check out our original, written review of M and J’s, head over to the M and J’s Review Page.

M and J Review Wingcast