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The right type of Wing Men

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‘The Wing Men’ Matt Serniak, left, and Matt Lynch, both of Scranton, sample wings at Diskin’s Saloon in Scranton.
Bill Tarutis | For Weekender
‘The Wing Men’ Matt Lynch, left, and Matt Serniak, both of Scranton.
Bill Tarutis | For Weekender

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    Matt Serniak and Matt Lynch, both of Scranton, are perhaps two of the most popular wing men in Northeastern Pennsylvania. But they’re not going to get you laid. When it comes to hot hookups, you’re on your own. When it comes to hot wings, however, they’ve got you covered.

    The best friends, who met while attending Lakeland High School in Jermyn, review hot wings throughout NEPA and post their feedback to their blog, The NEPA Wing Men, found at NEPAWingMen.com. New blogs are posted “almost weekly,” they explained.

    Since launching their blog in March 2012, they’ve visited — and revisited — almost 100 wing nights as north as Archbald and south as Nanticoke. The pair gained notoriety and respect from both wing fanatics and establishments. In 2014, The NEPA Wing Men were even named Food Blog of the Year at NEPA BlogCon.

    It’s not uncommon for people to approach them when they enter a wing night, Serniak said. That was certainly the case last Tuesday night, when Weekender tagged along for wings with the critics at Diskin’s Saloon in Scranton; shortly before they begin contributing a bimonthly review in our publication.

    Diskin’s owner, Jessica Statsman, quickly introduced herself to Serniak and Lynch.

    “You have no idea how many people your review helped get in here,” Statsman told them. “It’s a real ‘regulars’ bar, but your review has created tons of business for us. We want to let you know how much we appreciate what you do.”

    Statsman shared a story of a couple from New York who found Diskin’s from a review published by The NEPA Wing Men.

    “Their kid went to The University of Scranton,” Statsman said. “They Googled wings and our place came up because of the NEPA Wing Men.”

    Statsman admits she’s even checked their blog to try wings.

    Though they may be praised food critics at wing night, by day they lead normal lives. Serniak is an aspiring comedian and substitute teacher for the Lakeland School District and Lynch is a process analyst at TMG Health in Jessup. The blog was something that just happened, they said.

    Serniak and Lynch said their blog started when they were searching for a new wing night in the area.

    “We used to go to Perv’s in Peckville,” Lynch said. “When they closed down, we were left looking for a new place to go. So, we created a spreadsheet with all the wing nights in the area for us to try.”

    “Once we’d try one out, we started a rating system so we knew which places we liked, trying to figure out where our new wing night should be,” Serniak said.

    Instead of finding a new place to shoot the breeze over some chicken wings, they found a hobby of reviewing wings and blogging about it.

    Most of the feedback is positive, Serniak said. “We’re always honest. We never slam anyone, but we’ll give our honest opinions. Even places we maybe didn’t rate that great have reached out to us thanking us for the criticism,” he said.

    The NEPA Wing Men uphold a rating system where wings are judged in four categories on a scale from 1 to 10: Atmosphere/service, wing flavors/uniqueness, wing size/price and taste. The score for taste is doubled.

    “Most recently, Bud’s Bar in Archbald reached out to us throughout Facebook and said, ‘We appreciate feedback. We’re trying to make more flavors and some changes,’” Lynch said.

    By the time the wings came out at Diskin’s, Lynch and Serniak were ready to get messy.

    “I really like how they ask you if you want your wings cooked crispy or not,” Serniak mentioned. “It’s nice that they give you that option. Not a lot of places do that.”

    Lynch was particularly impressed with Diskin’s Flavor of the Month. “Diskins does not offer the biggest selection of wing flavors,” he said. “But they do offer a good variety of unique options you can’t find anywhere else. The Flavor of the Month allows Diskin’s to try out new flavors. We lucked out with a Honey Sriracha wing on our visit.”

    Overall, The NEPA Wing Men consider Diskin’s to be one of their favorite wing nights in NEPA.

    For future wing night reviews, check out their upcoming column in Weekender.

    The NEPA Wing Men Review Diskin’s Saloon, Scranton

    Lynch’s Review

    • Environment: 8 out of 10

    • Wing Size: 8 out of 10

    • Flavors: 9 out of 10

    • Taste (score doubled): 9 out of 10

    • Overall: 43 out of 50

    Serniak’s Review

    • Environment: 8 out of 10

    • Wing Size: 10 out of 10

    • Flavors: 9 out of 10

    • Taste (score doubled): 9 out of 10

    • Overall: 45 out of 50

    Reach Justin Adam Brown at 570-991-6652 or on Twitter @TLArts

    By Justin Adam Brown

    jbrown@timesleader.com

    ‘The Wing Men’ Matt Serniak, left, and Matt Lynch, both of Scranton, sample wings at Diskin’s Saloon in Scranton.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_WINGMEN1.jpg‘The Wing Men’ Matt Serniak, left, and Matt Lynch, both of Scranton, sample wings at Diskin’s Saloon in Scranton. Bill Tarutis | For Weekender

    ‘The Wing Men’ Matt Lynch, left, and Matt Serniak, both of Scranton.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_WINGMEN2.jpg‘The Wing Men’ Matt Lynch, left, and Matt Serniak, both of Scranton. Bill Tarutis | For Weekender

    Reach Justin Adam Brown at 570-991-6652 or on Twitter @TLArts

    The NEPA Wing Men Review Diskin’s Saloon, Scranton

    Lynch’s Review

    • Environment: 8 out of 10

    • Wing Size: 8 out of 10

    • Flavors: 9 out of 10

    • Taste (score doubled): 9 out of 10

    • Overall: 43 out of 50

    Serniak’s Review

    • Environment: 8 out of 10

    • Wing Size: 10 out of 10

    • Flavors: 9 out of 10

    • Taste (score doubled): 9 out of 10

    • Overall: 45 out of 50