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Hell Night menu posted

jgg13 Oct 17, 2008 11:43 AM

http://eastcoastgrill.net/menus/hellm...

I'm guessing the 'infamous surprise' is the pasta?

  1. Bob Dobalina Oct 17, 2008 12:58 PM

    I know that the antidote is usually the most expensive item on the menu, but I wonder if the "$100" glass of milk is a wink at Persephone's $100 ham sandwich?

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina
      LindaWhit Oct 27, 2008 08:25 AM

      That's pretty funny. :-) I'm not a fan of overly hot food, so I'll never participate in Hell Night, but I got a laugh out of the cost of the milk.

      1. re: LindaWhit
        jgg13 Oct 27, 2008 08:46 AM

        I think it used to be $10?

        I guess the higher costs of milk these days got to them.

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      tdaaa Oct 17, 2008 01:04 PM

      Is the ancho-chipolte ale generally available? Sound great to me.

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      1. re: tdaaa
        PaulB Oct 17, 2008 04:51 PM

        The ancho-chipotle ale was regularly available at Sunday brunch at Cambridge Brewing Co. Very smoky with a lingering but reserved burn. Maybe the one to be served at Hell Night will be a special, spicier version!

        I always look forward to reading the Hell Night reviews here.

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          phatchris Oct 18, 2008 06:15 AM

          Rogue makes a pretty tasty chipolte ale.

      2. TomH Oct 17, 2008 02:08 PM

        I can't wait for this next Hell Night. The "Helloween" theme always seems to be more fun.

        I am bummed the sausages are, once again, not on the menu! :(

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        1. re: TomH
          Alcachofa Oct 28, 2008 07:58 PM

          If you ask nicely, they will provide you with the hell sausage. Same with le pasta d'infer: not on the menu.

          1. re: Alcachofa
            TomH Oct 29, 2008 07:41 AM

            Last year when I asked about the sausages they stated they had just enough for the oyster combo dish and could not sell us a couple of the sausages. I will try again this year! Thanks!

            1. re: TomH
              Alcachofa Oct 29, 2008 01:04 PM

              Good point. The sausage was part of another (I think) shrimp dish this year, but a DC was able to order it separately. At least, last night he could.

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          tdaaa Oct 23, 2008 08:03 AM

          Just out of curiosity, how far in advance does one need to make reservations? I called last night, only to be told they are sold out. My wife, who had been telling me to call for several days, happily gave me the "procrastination" and "I told you so" lectures.

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          1. re: tdaaa
            Bob Dobalina Oct 23, 2008 08:08 AM

            Don't know, but go to the website and get on their mailing list so you'll know when they announce the next one. Shame on you! ;-)

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              tdaaa Oct 23, 2008 12:17 PM

              That's pretty much exactly what my wife said, except for the useful suggestion about the mailing list (which I am now on). It was especially funny because she doesn't even like spicy food and only agreed to go to humor me.

            2. re: tdaaa
              jgg13 Oct 23, 2008 08:53 AM

              Well, party size makes a difference. I've been turned away 6-7 weeks in advance trying to get a table for 8, but I've managed to get tables for 2 a few weeks before the event.

              These days I usually reserve within a few days of the announcement.

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                Pegmeister Oct 23, 2008 09:29 AM

                I find that the Hell Night held in October sells out a lot faster than the one in the Winter months. Guess it's the whole Halloween thing. I've called a few weeks before the event and gotten in. It is really is a lot of fun and the food is good. I especially liked the chocolate chili pepper ice cream with pistachios and berries.

                1. re: tdaaa
                  TomH Oct 27, 2008 07:49 AM

                  We usually have a party of 8 and I make the reservation about two months in advance. With this much advance I have never had a problem getting a slot.

                2. invinotheresverde Oct 27, 2008 11:15 AM

                  They never do any vegetarian items on Hell Night, huh? Bummer.

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                  1. re: invinotheresverde
                    jgg13 Oct 27, 2008 11:43 AM

                    I think a vegetarian would have a difficult time eating at the ECG in general - w/o looking at their normal menu I don't recall any vegetarian options on normal nights either.

                    1. re: jgg13
                      Bob Dobalina Oct 27, 2008 12:33 PM

                      The All-Vegetable Experience of the Day is on the regular menu - I have picked off the plate when friends have ordered - it's a huge amount of food and generally, really really yummy.

                      1. re: Bob Dobalina
                        jgg13 Oct 27, 2008 01:02 PM

                        Yup, you're right. Just looked at the normal dinner menu.

                    2. re: invinotheresverde
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                      chowfamily Oct 27, 2008 12:08 PM

                      I've never tried it, but I have read good things on this board about the vegetarian plate at East Coast Grill. I noticed its absence on the Hell Night menu, but I would call and inquire, and I'm guessing something could be worked out.

                      1. re: chowfamily
                        invinotheresverde Oct 27, 2008 12:40 PM

                        Thanks everybody for the thoughts/tips. I'll have to give 'em a call next time around.

                    3. jgg13 Oct 28, 2008 07:52 AM

                      Went last night w/ a large party. Some thoughts on what we had (I didn't eat any of the seafood, so those comments are all second hand):

                      - hell rib: Meh. The ribs in general weren't very good this time around
                      - malaysian mussels: table favorite
                      - littleneck clams: they were having trouble finishing them, didn't like it
                      - tuna app: people seemed to like it
                      - chicken thigh app: Was really good. Great huajiao flavor. Something in the vegetation below it was really freaking hot
                      - Banana w/ pork and such: Good as always, although I've always preferred the flavor balance in the normal one on the brunch menu
                      - Pakistani Duck: Not hot at all, but that duck was phenomenal. The greens it came with were really tasty and I dug the puffy bread
                      - Swordfish: Was "good"
                      - Mahi Mahi: Was "good"
                      - Pork two ways: The ribs were even worse than the hell ribs. I ended up with 3 of them from the table and didn't like any of them (but all for different reasons, which was odd). The jerk pork was awesome.
                      - Chile seared greens: really good, but not as good as the duck's greens

                      The pork led to one of the more humorous moments of the evening for us. I found some small sliced bits of chile as a garnish to the rice & beans side it came with. Well, I was looking at one, trying to discern what kind of chile it was and a tablemate talked me into eating all of them at once. I had assumed it was scotch bonnet/habanero/etc but it wasn't - the flavor was way off (sweet instead of that citrusy/peppery taste a lot of the C. chinense chiles have) but I wasn't even able to get that tidbit out of my mouth before I was assaulted with what I'm pretty sure was the hottest thing I've ever eaten (including the hell pasta, which we didn't have last night). I've always wondered how it is that people throw up on hell night, but I came relatively close to finding out. The upside was that I had one hell of an endorphin rush afterwards ;)

                      I'll probably be told that the chile in question wasn't even all that hot, but I'm just going to pretend that it was a jolokia so that my ego will stay intact.

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                      1. re: jgg13
                        teaTomE Oct 28, 2008 08:45 PM

                        I read recently that good Habaneros should taste sweet, so maybe it was one of them after all (although Wikipedia disagrees with that taste summary).

                        Good luck in the bathroom tomorrow.

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                          jgg13 Oct 28, 2008 08:50 PM

                          Heh, it all came out okay ;) At least in terms of the ring o' fire. The intenstinal pain lasted most of the day but that's to be expected :)

                          If it was an habanero, it was far and away the hottest one I've ever had (like I said, it seemed a lot hotter than their pasta even). Who knows - chiles can vary and how each one affects you can vary as well. Sometimes I'll eat someting and find it quite hot and sometimes I'll have basically the same thing and not notice it much at all.

                          I did read on a few sites that the naga chiles were sweet tasting (and their specific designation is even a matter of debate - while I thought it was a chinense, apparently others claim it to be fruitecens (sp?) and wikipedia claimed it had DNA from both).

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                        BOS_steve Oct 29, 2008 09:28 AM

                        Went on Monday night. Most of our table felt the bombs on the menu were arbitrary and you basically were going to eat what they gave you. We were also sat in the kitchen section before they opened up the windows. This was brutal, too much chili in the air. About 30 min. into dinner 8-8:30 one of the waitstaff had suffered enough, so they cracked the windows.

                        Drinks:
                        Chili Beer - Tasty, spice isn't overpowering
                        Kamakazi - Quite spicy, though not overpowering
                        Margarita - Not spicy, but still a good margarita

                        Apps:
                        Ribs - We all actually really enjoyed the ribs, not hot, but good flavor.
                        Island Creek Oysters - Solid, habaneros are hot, but what did you expect?
                        Mussels - One of our table's favorites as well.

                        Entrees:
                        Steaks - The meat was cooked just right and had a great flavor. The veggies were really hot though.
                        Mahi - Way over spiced. Basically tasted like it was soaked in Habanero juice making it nearly unpalatable.
                        Pork - Good flavor, not too spicy.

                        Pasta From Hell - Simply out of control. Order another entree if you plan to get this, because there's no way you're going to make it more than a few bites.

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                        1. re: BOS_steve
                          jgg13 Oct 29, 2008 09:51 AM

                          "Most of our table felt the bombs on the menu were arbitrary and you basically were going to eat what they gave you"

                          One thing I've found is to not consider the bomb scale to be the same between the entrees and everything else. The entrees almost always are way less spicy for a given # of bombs than the rest of the menu. Beyond that, there's a bit of hit or miss on everything. I've gone on multiple nights for the same event and found different heat levels between the same item.

                          At the end of the day, it's just a rough gauge (excepting the entree vs. everything else part)

                          1. re: jgg13
                            Bob Dobalina Oct 29, 2008 12:36 PM

                            Either that, or the entrees only SEEM way less spicy, because you have already numbed your mouth from the apps. That theory gets my vote.

                            The Pasta from Hell is like getting maced (not that I've been maced, but I was unable to move after a few bites.) Yet, there are some people who appear to be relatively immune. Something for everyone I guess.

                            1. re: Bob Dobalina
                              Alcachofa Oct 29, 2008 01:09 PM

                              The pasta from hell was hotter this year than it's been in years, I think. Truely painful. Check out posts from the past few years of hell nights, and you'll see people "complaining" that the pasta from hell wasn't hot enough. That won't be happening this year (unless they tone it down tonight). One DC, in prior years, had finished an entire plate of the pasta on his own; this year, he could only manage 5 or 6 bites.

                              Exception to the less-spicy entrees: the Jamaican pork two-ways. The jerk pork element was almost as hot as the pasta. I got the hiccoughs. Also, the rib element I thought was good last night. Perhaps not "definitive bbq" good, but more than good enough.

                              1. re: Alcachofa
                                jgg13 Oct 29, 2008 01:50 PM

                                I thought that the jerk wasn't as hot as the jerk at Redbones (which I found ironic: The Hell Night pork had an awesome flavor, was well balanced and spicy. The Redbones jerk is often hot for the sake of being hot). As I mentioned above, the thing that nuked me on the jamaican pork dish was actually a chile garnish of some unknown variety.

                                But I *really* liked the jerk pork.

                                1. re: jgg13
                                  Alcachofa Oct 29, 2008 02:12 PM

                                  They really smothered the inner beauty on mine. Not so on yours?

                                  1. re: Alcachofa
                                    jgg13 Oct 29, 2008 02:17 PM

                                    Only on a small portion. It was more on the rib & the other stuff (plantains, rice).

                                    And there we see an example of why ther eare plate to plate variations :)

                              2. re: Bob Dobalina
                                jgg13 Oct 29, 2008 01:52 PM

                                "Yet, there are some people who appear to be relatively immune."

                                Last year I saw a woman that was truly remarkable. She first ate a whole bowl of the pasta w/o any visible effect, complaining that it wasn't hot enough. She kept having the wait staff bring out various add ons to make it hotter (until Chris himself came back with a real scary looking bottle of the 'hottest stuff in the house'). After that, everything she ate was doused in that special sauce. At no point did she break a sweat, look to be in pain/etc ... yikes.

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                                  Bob Dobalina Oct 29, 2008 02:15 PM

                                  She's gotta be an alien. Or one of those people with no pain receptors.

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                                    jgg13 Oct 29, 2008 02:19 PM

                                    Heh. Probably. It was even more curious that as far as I could tell, she was a white bread american - no discernable accent, etc. When I tell this story to others, they always assume that she's of an ethnicity w/ a typically spicy cuisine or from one of those areas but just judging on her voice, it didn't seem that way.

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                                BOS_steve Oct 29, 2008 02:46 PM

                                Our Mahi (5 b's ?) was way hotter than the steak (6 b's?). After trying the Mahi, a DC actually cut off a piece of his steak to give me so that I would have something to eat for dinner...

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