Hell Night

East Coast Grill

Welcome to Hell

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.

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.

Welcome to Hell Night

The road to Hell is paved with spicy meatballs.


When leading people to Hell, it’s always a good idea to make them sign waivers first.


Foodies signing over their souls.


The heat of Hell Night dishes are rated on a scale from 1 to 10 bombs.


Even the decor seemed to taunt us.

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.

Meatball Roulette

Moments later, some of these foodies were no longer smiling.


This meatball would come back to haunt me later.

The Meatball was followed by a number of appetizers served family-style, ranging in heat.

Pork Spare Ribs

Smokin’ Hot Pork Spare Ribs with Guava Lava Glaze and Real Inner Beauty Hot Sauce.

Wings of Mass Destruction

Hottest Item on the Menu: The Wings of Mass Destruction “Phucket Style” with Ghost Chile Oil, Aromatic Herbs & Nuoc Cham.

Korean Fried Chicken

Korean Fried Chicken Thigh with Apple Kim Chee & Super Charged Kochujang.


We ordered a side of cornbread to help with the heat.


Pickled veggies to provide relief from the heat.

Jess with Water

Our friendly server, Jess, kept the water flowing.

Roomful of Foodies

Some of our foodies traveled 90 minutes each way to go to Hell and back.

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.

Jamaican Pork Chop

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Pork Chop with Banana Guava Ketchup, Real Inner Beauty Hot Sauce, Curried Sweet Mashed Potatoes & Cumin Seared Greens.

Grilled Mahi Mahi

Latin Spice Grilled Mahi Mahi with Mango Chile Mojo, Grilled Pineapple, Hot Spinach and Rice ‘n Beans.

Pair of Foodies

A pair of Mystery Meet veterans came back for more.

Foodies at Hell Night

Raise a rib if you like the heat!


Little Known Fact: Hell is located at the base of a volcano.

Mango-Berry Crisp

We concluded the meal with a Mango-Berry Crisp with Fresh Whipped Cream.


Clean-up duty.

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.

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  1. Great event!! It was a lot of fun. I posted a video on my blog/youtube from it. I’m going to look back on that years from now and still remember the heat from those damn spare ribs… killer!

  2. It was great fun and I learned, never go to Hell without goggles! That sauce is murder when it splashes in your eye! 🙂

  3. This was so much fun! I’m still haunted by the meatball roulette, but even after all the torture I’d still do it again any day.

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