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Hell Night!

I just made a reservation last night. They said that there were only a few reservations for small parties left.

I am excited, but I hope they step it up this time (hint hint if anyone from ECG is reading this board). At the Hell Night last Spring, the menu sounded great, but the heat was just not there. Everything should have been labeled 2 or 3 bombs less.

I'm not a masochist, but I do like a little pain (usually in the 4-7 bomb range), so I hope there is no false advertising this time.

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  1. I will be there for Hell-o-ween on the 29th. I went last October and it was defintely kicked up a notch over the last few but I have heard that the spring Hell Night was not as butt-kicking!

    I can't wait!

    1. I read that they're going to serve naga jolokia peppers this session. Scary, scary stuff.

      2-3 times hotter than haberneros.

      Oh, yeah!

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      1. re: Bostonbob3

        A friend of mine is from Nagaland and at times gets me some of these dried.

        They. Are. Hot.

        1. re: jgg13

          I am afraid. I am VERY afraid! :)

      2. Didn't you didn't try the chicken wings? I agree the steak and the ribs were in the 3 bomb range but the chicken wings numbed the lips of everyone at my table.

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        1. re: mkel34

          The "Wings of ass destruction" (4 bombs) are right up there, although not near as deadly, with the "Pasta From Hell" (9 bombs!). The wet ribs in Inner Beauty sauce were also pretty damn hot but very tasty. The dishes really seem to sway from the bomb scale a bit as certain 3 bomb dishes were hotter than the 5 bomb ones and vice versa.

          1. re: TomH

            I had the wings and they were so hot I thought I would die. I love love love hot and spicy food and it was even difficult for me to eat. The Habernaro martini is super hot too. I had a pasta and seafood dish that was almost inedible because it was too hot. I think that when you take dishes and make them way way too hot it takes away from the enjoyment of it. I can handle very very hot food but this is even too hot for me.

        2. i would love to make it this year,maybe next,but i know for a fact ECG ads for real.Including some of the new twists on some old recipes.Pasta from Hell made with nagas would truly be AWESOME!!!!Chris is gonna kick butt this year,I hope all you chili-heads are ready for some real heat from the kitchen.Let's just say I hooked him up good this year,and if that's still not hot enough,up another notch next year!ENJOY!

          1. So I booked a table, going for the first time ever. Is this like a standard meal where you order all at once, or are the amenable to ordering as you go? The reason that I ask is that it'd be nice to get a couple of things at a particular level in order to calibrate how high (or, more likely, how low) I really should be looking?

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            1. re: jgg13

              Tip: apps tend to be a bit hotter than the entrees. If I were you, I'd order all at once. If you piecemeal it then you're more likely to wimp out after the apps. Just go for it. You could also order one meal from the wimp menu to 'balance' it out.
              Here's another tip: if you eat something with your fingers (like the wings of ass destruction), be careful when you go to the bathroom, very careful. You know that sting in your eye you get after rubbing the eye with peppery fingers? Same applies to the jewels.

            2. My friend constantly complains about not finding hot enough food in Boston - we're going with the women on Monday night - even he is a little scared by the nagas.

              But for me, are there items on the menu, not on the wimp section, but just good and hot, yet not infernally hot? I need to work the next day, you know?

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              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                While the "bomb" rating system is not entirely reliable (in the same way that two chilis on the same stem of one plant can vary wildly in heat), there's plenty in the one-, two- and three-bomb range that have pleasant heat but won't kill you. Keep some cornbread or other salve on hand and you'll be fine.

                Four, maybe five bombs is about my comfort-level limit here. The pasta is beyond insane, in my book: I've found myself literally paralyzed, rendered speechless and barely breathing by one small bite of the fresh habaneros in there, never mind eating the eight or nine whole ones in the entire dish. But there are folks who sign the waiver and polish it off. I've never seen one diner that looked comfortable doing it, though: more like the frozen smiles of people (beet-red, motionless except for chewing, profusely sweating) trying to pretend the endorphin rush is enough to neutralize the pain. It looks more like a hazing, a boot camp kind of ordeal to me than an enjoyable dish.

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Thanks, MC. I am also planning on going in costume - can't decide between doctor or penguin...both seem somehow appropriate.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    I totally agree with you MC Slim! I went with friends from work and the next day and when we all looked at each other, we all looked dazed and confused. It felt like we had gone to a bachelor party and we had done something insane and wrong. We all paid for it. I much prefer the food at the East Coast Grill on normal days because it still packs a punch in terms of flavors.

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      It is indeed beyond tolerance. I find the day after worse, for reasons I cannot go into on a family oriented forum. We will both be there. My wife will be Paris Hilton in a prison outfit. I intend to be Dirk Digler, but haven't found the correct compression costume yet.

                  2. The naga jolokia is all hype. It's a glorified cayenne and doesn't hold a candle to a mexican chocolate habanero or a red savina habanero. I hope Chris isn't getting duped by some snake oil salesman. He'd probably be better off just buying the nice orange habaneros they sell at Shaws.

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                    1. re: tamerlanenj

                      Believe the hype. I was a doubter when I heard rumors of an Indian chile that was hotter than a habanero, thinking that it probably was a member of the C. annum family. Chocolate habs and Fatali chiles have always been my benchmarks for heat (more so than Red Savina, which I think are so cross-bred that they're getting less potent every year) but, I have to say, the Bhut Jolokia is the real deal. I grew them myself in '07 (I tried again last year but the plants weren't to healthy) and they are killer.

                    2. maybe it's hype but i still wanna try 'em. anyone know where to get jolokias in western mass? or somewhere to get mail order peppers? i know this is the boston board (not NE) but this was the nearest thread that mentioned them... fresh is preferable (probably not possible this time of year) but dried would work.

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                      1. re: sneakyj

                        I don't know of anyplace that you can get them locally, in any form, but you can get them either dried or as powder from here;


                        1. re: sneakyj

                          Grow your own, I ordered naga seeds from peppermania.com last season. They're quite hot.