Dr. Wingenstein – Nearra’s Pizzeria

Dining & Entertainment — By on October 10, 2006 at 5:25 pm

The wing a.k.a the buffalo wing, the hot wing, the spicy wing is now a staple of Americana. These mighty instruments of snacking power make themselves known at all kinds of occasions. Bars, restaurants, pizza shops, sporting events and even diners now call the wing home. I come to you with over 10 years of wing eating experience over 12 states. My references are a third place finish at a local wing eating contest in Long Island during my younger years, and I am the 1998 wing eating champion of Marywood for the 19-20 year olds bracket. My taste buds have traveled the Buffalo Wing highway and have tasted some successes and some failures in my travels. I look at wings sort of the way a museum patron would look at a painting. Some will enjoy it, some will not like it. Some may even be undecided. Perhaps in the future there will be a painting of a wing, then I would have some serious thinking to do. This is simply one man’s opinion of a certain wing from a certain place. I hope to continue eating wings and continue to give you my feelings at least once a month or until a heart attack. Until then let the experiment begin!
-Dr. Wingenstein

*****Nearra’s Pizzeria 1439 Capouse Avenue Scranton PA 207-4992*****
I knew I was in for trouble when I called and asked for an order of wings — hot — and they replied “we only have one kind,” but I carried on as any good reporter would all the while keeping an open mind. Upon receiving my order of wings ($4.25 for 10) I was immediately shocked by the liquidness of the wings in the container. The Dr. loves his wings to be a little sloppy but these might as well have had a pair of bathing trunks on them as I believe one was actually floating in a pool of wing sauce. The wings themselves looked very unshapely. Some wings were small and had very little chicken while others looked like they were simply a drumstick covered in wing sauce. One wing I had looked at had some sort of growth coming off the side of it. The wings themselves lacked a certain “crispiness”, in fact they were quite mushy and easy to bite, too easy. I received no celery or carrots and the blue cheese was well below average. The minimal supply of included blue cheese was not very chunky and in fact was very watery (***As an addendum to the quality of the blue cheese I would like to add that upon visiting Nearra’s at a later date there was a vast improvement in the “chunkiness” blue cheese, one that would make anyone proud to serve it at their dinner table). As any good wing lover will tell you, if he/she likes blue cheese with wings then for the love of god make it quality blue cheese with chunks and flavor. The wing sauce itself was uninspiring as it reminded me of spaghetti sauce with Frank’s Red Hot thrown into it. In this doctor’s opinion the recipe for a good wing should contain a little excess wing sauce, slight crispiness and ample blue cheese dressing with good flavor. I cannot give this establishment my stamp of wing approval. While the good doctor knows this establishment makes other good to great food items, unfortunately the hot wing is not one of those items.
*’s out of 5
Wing Rating: ½* only because they actually had wings on the menu
Blue Cheese: Average


  • forart says:

    Dr.\’s in the house. Spreading the good word. Though much of what I\’ve heard is known legend Dr. Wingenstein is known to have recently come back from a blue cheese expedition to the farthest reaches of Northeast PA – Wegmans. Oh yes.

    The Dr. is right on this one. This doesn\’t mean I\’m selling completely here. They have an awesome buffalo wing pizza and buffalo shrimp pizza. Quality.

  • Sauce says:

    I’d like to meet this wing expert and challenge him to a wing-off, unless he’s chicken. No, really I’ve had some wings in my life and am anxiously awaiting the next review. I haven’t had Nearra’s wings, but following this review I don’t think I will, unless they make some changes. There are plenty of wing joints around here in the Northeast PA, so I wonder what will be next???

  • forart says:

    It’s been almost a month. At this pace it’ll take 30 years to cover the wings of Northeast PA. At that point I won’t be able to eat any of them without some Prevacid.

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