So my buddy was finally able to convince me to go to Hell Night. I like spicy food, but haven't been able to see my way to go to a night devoted purely to the pursuit of heat. I was wrong, it was a great meal, a ton of fun, and I will definitely be back. The level of heat is indicated on the menu by small bombs...the more bombs, the more heat...
Disclaimer: I am an unabashed hard core fan of East Coast Grill. I have been going there for at least 10-15 years without a disappointing meal. Granted, I often order the same things, but still, it is among my favorite restaurants.
WE tried a number of appetizers on the menu, including Weapons of Ass Destruction Wings (4 Bombs, we all felt they deserved at least 6-8), Spicy Hell Sauasage and Tuna Dumplings(4 Bombs, not too spicy) Twice Cooked Crazy Hot Wet Bones(6 Bombs, really spicy and really good), Shrimp and Snapper Ceviche(4). All were quite tasty, with the Wings and the Ribs being the fan favorites.
The Wings were quite frankly as hot as anything I would even consider ingesting. I ate one, and when a second order appeared, I had to really consider whether or not to have a second (I did). Lots of plaintains and corn bread and butter were consumed to help the heat subside.
The ribs were a little less hot, the perfect combination of smokey, with a very hot jalepeno honey mustard. There was a lot of jalapeno in the honey mustard, but Jalapenos only get so hot, so to my palate this was a great spice level.
Entrees ordered included
Massaman Style Short Rib (6)(I got to taste this and it was a really great dish, lots of heat, lots of flavor, and lots of texture)
Cajun Blackened Salmon (4)(Did not try it, the woman who ordered it liked it but seemed disappointed that it was not hotter)
Indonesian Sticky Smoked Duck Gado Gado (4)(This was mine, it was delicious, but didn't think it was hot enough qualify as "from Hell" but it was mighty tasty, and by that point, my palate was pretty seared...
Puay and Pequin Grilled Skirt Steak (5)This was the hottest of entrees, i had a few bites and it was really great. Juidy steak, lots of heat, lots of flavor.
As I mentioned, we ordered Beans, Corn Bread, and Plaintains to help with the heat.
There was definitely some serious heat here. I had a blast, and would recommend it to anybody who likes hot food and a good time, make reservations WAY in advance, they said they were going to do 3-4 seatings for each of the three Hell Nights.
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