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!

The 2016 Best Wings in NEPA are…

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Another year, another successful Wings at the Waterpark! This year, there was once again an awesome turnout from wing vendors and wing lovers from all over NEPA. I know the Boys & Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania put a lot of work into this event every year and we are extremely grateful that we get to be a part of it.

I will say it was a tough competition this year. There were amazing wings to be had from every place that participated. Head to the 2016 Wings at the Waterpark Page to see the full listing.

But now, the moment you’ve been waiting for! Here are the top three winners from each category for the 2016 Wings at the Waterpark.

Hottest Wings in NEPA:

  • 3rd Place: The V Spot
  • 2nd Place: The VaudeVille Inn
  • 1st Place: Ale Mary’s

Craziest Wings in NEPA:

  • 3rd Place: Happy Valley
  • 2nd Place: OTOWN
  • 1st Place: Ale Mary’s

Best Boneless Wings in NEPA:

  • 3rd Place: Ale Mary’s
  • 2nd Place: Stirna’s
  • 1st Place: Nonno’s

The Best Wings in NEPA:

  • 3rd Place: Waldo’s Tavern
  • 2nd Place: JAK’s Pub
  • 1st Place: Happy Valley

For the hottest category, we literally saw people run over to the water table with tears in their eyes. Ale Mary’s once again won the craziest category for the third year in a row. They truly know how to make a unique wing. This was the first year there was a Best Boneless category, and Nonno’s showed up with some really delicious wings. Finally, a huge congratulations to Happy Valley with their win in the best wings category! This was the first year they entered and they really impressed people with their delicious sauces.

Congratulations to all the wing vendors! And thank you to everyone that came out! This event would not be possible without you.

2016 Wings at the Waterpark

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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
  • Waldo’s Tavern
  • Andy Gavin’s Eatery & Pub
  • Slocum Hollow
  • Ale Mary’s
  • Doc Magrogans
  • 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 look forward to seeing everyone there!

The 2015 Best Wings in NEPA are…

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The second annual Wings at the Waterpark was a huge success! While there, all attendees voted on three different categories of wings: The Best Wings in NEPA, The Hottest, and The Craziest. Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for…

The Best Wings in NEPA:

  1. Jason’s Pub & Eatery

  2. Russens

  3. Ale Mary’s and OTOWN (Tie)

The Hottest:

  1. Andy Gavin’s

  2. Russens

  3. Penalty Box Tavern

The Craziest:

  1. Ale Mary’s

  2. OTOWN

  3. Jason’s Pub and Eatery

Congratulations to all the winners! On a side note, this is Jason’s second year of winning best overall wing and Ale Mary’s second year for winning craziest wing. Will they have a three-peat next year?

A huge thank you to the Boys & Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania for throwing this wonderful event.

Also, thank you to all the vendors who participated and made the event so successful.

Most of all, thank you to everyone who attended to make Wings at the Waterpark amazing. If you have anything to add about your experience, feel free to do so in the comments.

Jasons

Jason's 11.2.15

Basic Information:

Location: 602 Grace St, Scranton, PA 18509
Phone number: (570)-348-0506
Wing Price: $7.50 for 10
Wing Night: Monday
Wing Night Price: 40 cent wings
Wing flavors: Xmild, Mild, Hot, X Hot, Hot Garlic, Hot Garlic Parmesan, Butter Garlic Parmesan, “J” Sauce, Porketta, BBQ, Tangy Mustard BBQ, Thai Chili BBQ, General Tso’s, Spicy Orange Chili, Honey Wasabi, Pineapple Sesame Teriyaki, Garlic Ranch Rub

Fourth Visit – 11/2/2015

Overall Rating: 77

Lynch’s Rating: 34 out of 50

Environment: 8
Jason’s Pub & Eatery, located within the Plot Section of Scranton, can be a bit difficult to find. Previously known as The Donkey, the path to Jason’s is a winding and crisscrossing set of roads, so be sure to carefully follow the signs that guide the path or punch the location into your GPS. Like a prize in the center of a labyrinth, Jason’s is a real treasure. You first enter a room with a large, rectangular bar with many seats and tables around it. They also have a smaller, sit-down area in a back room if you prefer a dining experience. We got to Jason’s later in the evening and the place was still packed. The bartenders/servers were very friendly and acted as though they knew everyone there. With Jason’s being so full, the wings did take some time to come out. Also, the place is cash only, so have money ready or expect to use the ATM on site. Take out extra though, because Jason’s has a great craft beer selection that is difficult to turn down.

Wing Size: 3
Normally priced at $7.50 for an order of 10 wings, Jason’s offers 40 cent wings on Monday for their wing night. If you’re a fan of especially crispy wings, than this is the place for you. I think the crispiness is due to extra time in the fryer, which results in a very small wing. I would suggest ordering at least five more wings than you normally would if you want to leave full.

Wing Flavors: 7
Jason’s does a good job of mixing things up a bit when it comes to wing flavors. In addition to classic flavors like Mild and BBQ, they serve some non-traditional sauces like Porketta, Honey Wasabi, and Pineapple Sesame Teriyaki. In past visits, Jason’s featured special sauces on wing night. Unfortunately, this was not the case for our most recent trip. To be on the safe side, it doesn’t hurt to ask your server if there are any featured flavors not shown on the menu.

Wing Taste (x2): 8
There hasn’t been a sauce at Jason’s that I didn’t like. They have truly perfected their Porketta wing. Most dry-rub Porketta seasonings I have tried in the past have either been too salty or lacking flavor. Jason’s finds the right balance of spices to provide a wallop of flavor without overloading the senses. The Hot has a great taste with a lot of spice. In fact, be careful ordering this sauce if you don’t like your wings too spicy. The Teriyaki is a slightly sticky and salty sauce with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. I enjoyed these wings, but I could have done with a bit more sauce. Finally, the Hot Garlic Parmesan is a fantastic wing that you must try when you go to Jason’s. The sauce is a mix of the regular Hot sauce and garlic. Then, which I think is a really nice touch, they shave Parmesan cheese on top. It is easily my favorite wing at Jason’s Pub & Eatery.

Serniak’s Rating: 43 out of 50

Environment: 10
If you’re a fan of fun and like to be in a good mood, then Jason’s is the place for you. If you’re into being in a bad mood and want to bring others down, try jail. Buried in the “plot” section of Scranton is Jason’s. It has the look of your typical corner, townie bar and even when you get inside, the layout will make you feel that as well. But that’s where the usualness feeling ends especially if you’re a Green Bay Packers fan. Obviously, in the heart of NEPA a Packers bar would rise. Don’t worry, if you’re not a Cheesehead, you’ll make it out alive. Not only is Monday their wing night and you can view Monday night football but don’t forget, Raw is War and Monday Night Raw will be pumped in. Our server, was a young lad who had a lot of vigor and really made it a point to make us comfortable. His diligence to us was noticed and will not be soon forgotten. In fact, Jason’s entire atmosphere breeds good times, which makes their environment Perfect.

Wing Size: 6
They aren’t the largest wings in the area but for 40 cents a wing, which is way under the area average for wing night prices, you can’t feel that disgruntled. Read this, understand this and order and extra order to fulfill your craving. That’s what I did and I’ve been doing great.

Wing Flavors: 9
Much variety, much uniqueness is what you get at Jason’s they have over 15 sauces that also include dry rubs. You need to also ask about sauces that may not be on the menu. Trust me it’s worth it. They have the usual suspects in terms of flavors but then get creative with flavors such as spicy orange chili, a garlic ranch dry rub and their signature J-Sauce.

Wing Taste (x2): 9
IThe first one I got was the spicy orange chili. Exactly how this flavor reads is what you get. The spiciness from the chili to the tartness of the orange flavoring, will really keep your taste buds in a frenzy. The tangy mustard bbq, a flavor that I’ve been ordering consistently whenever I see it, was everything I wanted. It has the sweetness that you’d expect form the bbq sauce but then it gets the “hot tag” from the mustard that really transforms it into solid team. The garlic parmesan, which gets a “run in” from the regular hot sauce that Jason’s dishes out is solid. It’s a good consistent flavor, that always will hit. Next, I had the J-Sauce and this flavor reminds me a speedie sauce that you’d get on some chicken hoagies. It’s not a overpowering flavor, but the seasonings involved make it pretty savory. Finally, the garlic ranch, which is a dry rub is a great representation of the flavor. I think it’s just garlic and ranch seasonings, but the amount they put on is great and will have you stylin and profiling and don’t be surprised if you let out a big WOOOO!!


Third Visit

6.16.14 – Jason’s Podcast Review

Second Visit

Overall Rating: 72

*Used to be known as the Donkey
Location: Scranton
Wing Night: Monday
Wing Price: $0.40 a wing
Phone number: 570-348-0506

Wing flavors: X-Hot, Hot Garlic, Hot Garlic Parm, BBQ, J-Sauce, Porketta, Honey Mustard, Butter Garlic Parmesan, General T’so, Orange Chili, Garlic Dill Ranch, Teriyaki
Wing to get: Porketta

Lynch’s Rating:

Environment: 8
Jason’s, previously known as the Donkey, is a very difficult place to find. It’s in the Plot section of Scranton, but you’ll have a heck of a time locating it if you’re not following the signs for the place to a T. Inside, the place is pretty nice, though. There are two sections, really. One part is mainly a pretty big bar with some minor seating around it. In the back is more of a dining room. I would suggest hanging out in the front, especially at the bar because you will get good service there. Our drinks and food were pretty well taken of. The waitresses and bartender were all very nice and friendly as well. They constantly check on you.  The place as a whole is clean and modern looking. One thing that miffs me about places is when they don’t take credit/debit cards and only cash. I mean, they do provide an ATM, but I’m just not a fan of that strategy.
Wing Flavors: 7
They don’t have too many flavors here, but they do have an interesting selection. Unfortunately, they were out of the Orange Chili, which I would have loved to try. They did have two special flavors not on the menu, though; they were the Garlic Dill Ranch and the Teriyaki. I like when places try out new wing flavors and offer them as a special.
Wing Size: 4
These wings were a bit small. I had no problem putting down 20, which I do struggle with at some places. $0.40 a piece is not a bad price at all, but I was hoping for a slightly larger wing.
Wing Taste: 7
We got a pretty good mix at Jason’s, which always makes me happy. The plain hot were decent. You can taste the chili pepper added to the wings to make them spicy. They had a great flavor and spice for a Hot. J-sauce is hard to describe. It’s more like a dry rub than a sauce, but the flavor had a nice, black peppery taste to it. Porketta were awesome. This is another dry rub that really captures the taste of porketta. They are highly recommended. The Hot Garlic Parm used the Hot sauce as a base with some Parmesan cheese added on top. The cheese did a good job of mellowing out the hot sauce a bit, but the garlic taste was not very pronounced. General T’so wings were much sweeter than I expected. If you’re into sweet wings, try them out, but they were not my cup of tea. I really dug the Teriyaki wings. There was not a lot of sauce on them. It was as though the sauce was baked into the wing, but it had a strong flavor. The saltiness and taste were perfect for me. Finally, the Garlic Dill Ranch was a flavor I just had to try.  I was surprised to see it was a bit dryer of a sauce, sort of like butter garlic. The dill flavor did come through, which gave it a nice sourness taste. It could have used a bit more of a ranch flavor, in my opinion.

Individual Score: 33

Serniak’s Rating:

Environment: 9
Jason’s, formerly called The Donkey, is located in the “plot section” of Scranton. It can be difficult to find if you have never been there but they do a nice job of putting directions on powerline poles to help you. The atmosphere there is a positive one that you can sense immediately after you walk in. Everyone including the staff was in a good mood and that always makes me feel better. Jason’s would be a great place to watch a game, with their large flat screen tv’s hanging up. If you are a Packer’s fan, this place will certainly cater to you but you will not be ostracized for wearing colors of another team. We sat at the bar so our server was one of the bartenders and she was really nice and paid good attention to us. She frequently checked in on us and showed us the chalkboard that had specials and other wing sauce flavor that are not on the menu.
Wing Flavors: 9
With over 10 flavors to choose from coupled with the variety of sauces, Jason’s rates well in this area. They have mild, hot, x-hot, porketta, honey mustard, bbq, butter garlic parmesan, general Tso’s orange chili, hot garlic, Jason’s Sauce, teriyaki and garlic dill ranch. Flavors for all kinds of palates can be had here.
Wing Size: 5
This must be said. The wings are small here. I generally order 20 when I order but I have been here before so I know they are smaller than most so I ordered 25. My advice is to order at least 5 more than your usual order if you want to leave satisfied. The price is 40 cents on their wing night so at least the place doesn’t crush your wallet.
Wing Taste: 8
Everything I ordered was tremendous. Noticeably better than the last time I was here and I thought they were good even then. I ordered hot, porketta, butter garlic parmesan, General Tso’s and garlic dill ranch. The hot are very similar from how The Donkey used to make them. They really bring the heat, which I thoroughly enjoy. If you like wings to be actually hot, order them. Butter garlic parmesan was good as well. All 3 flavors were represented. I would like to see some herbs thrown on them and I also wish they used actual garlic instead of garlic powder. The porketta wings are a dry rub and if you have ever had porketta, this flavor exemplifies the taste. A great idea for a flavor indeed. Finally, I had the garlic dill ranch. This flavor was not on the menu but it was written on a chalkboard on the wall. To me, this is an excellent idea for a flavor for wings. The garlic gave you that deep flavor that only garlic can do and the dill, which I normally would never touch because I dislike pickles, was used in the correct amount. Finishing the wing was the ranch, which I believe was a ranch powder, was balanced out the garlic and dill in a subtle but profound way.
Individual Score: 39

First Visit

Overall Rating: 65

Lynch’s Rating:
Environment: 7
Wing Flavors: 7
Wing Size: 2
Wing Taste: 8
Individual Score: 32
Serniak’s Rating:
Environment: 7
Wing Flavors: 7
Wing Size: 5
Wing Taste: 7
Individual Score: 33