We kicked off 2011 with our hottest Mystery Meet yet – literally! The 25-year-strong East Coast Grill, Chris Schlesinger’s BBQ joint in Inman Square that won The Boston Globe‘s 2010 Munch Madness competition, is known for its legendary Hell Nights. These spicy evenings typically sell out in minutes and have attracted the likes of Adam Richman from Man vs. Food:
East Coast Grill recently made their Hell Night menu available to private parties, so, on the eve of a massive snowstorm, we gathered nearly 30 foodies to make the trek thru Hell.
Hell Night begins with a ritual known as the Russian Roulette Style Spicy Meatball Challenge. Everybody at the table receives a meatball. Some are extremely hot; some are not. But there’s only one way to find out. Your humble host found himself on the losing end of the toothpick.
The Meatball was followed by a number of appetizers served family-style, ranging in heat.
The appetizers were followed by our choice of entrees: the spicy Jamaican Jerk Grilled Pork Chop or the more subdued Latin Spice Grilled Mahi Mahi.
We had a number of brave bloggers in the house: Rachel from Fork it Over, Boston!, Bianca from Confessions of a Chocaholic, Amanda from Tales from a Kitchen Misfit, Jacki from Just Add Cheese, Nicole from I am a Honeybee, Tracey from 40-Something Life, and Frank from The Earnest Life. Special thanks to Robin and Jess from East Coast Grill for making our seventh Mystery Meet such a memorable event.