Monday, June 21, 2010
East Coast Wings + ECW Insanity Wing = PAIN (in a good way)
Where else will $1.89 buy you a gastro-intestinal assault that ranks right up there with swallowing hot coals from your barbecue grill?
The sane person believes only a fool will do this stunt. The fool believes he (or she) can do it when they have people there to watch. Someone in the middle brings the friends and eats ice cream to coat the stomach - which did not help.
So ECW has an expanse menu of various chicken items, as well as shrimp, burgers, wrap and salads. I could definitely find plenty of good things to eat if I weren't there for a stomach assault. Our server knew the 75 flavor process very well and made good recommendations. Picking above average heats (volcano and lava flow), we got off to a hot start. We both knew this would not be even close to the Insanity wing, but had to start somewhere toward the top. The wings are large, well prepared staying a little crunchy in all the sauce. I got a salad and some homemade chips to start off. Pretty much everyone got wings in a variety of heats and flavors. No one was disappointed. For the beer drinker, they have plenty of specials with big mugs and cheap prices.
Now of course, the real reason for going, to "warm up" for the Quaker Steak Atomic Wing Challenge. I figured we should try theirs before we go do the other. I am reconsidering the Atomic after "the morning after."
The single flapper comes out buried in sauce. It's brick red with several goodie bits in it. We were told when it was on it's way, so the fear could start to mount. Okay, no fear really, just planning for the immediate future. Napkins, water, lemons, creamy dressings I held back from my salad on purpose, any un-finished beverage on the table was subject to the grasp of the gladiators.
Flappers are meant to be peeled back a little and eaten in one swoop. Did anyone ever tell you how bad your cuticles will burn from getting the sauce under your finger nails. Wing chewed, down the hatch, lips on fire, now throat, oh my aching stomach. Water water water, blue cheese, lemons, ranch, lemons, toast, ice, water, ice, water, SCREAM, more - oh no - no more water. Tears, runny nose, red face - all the attributes of a strong warrior right? If there's one thing I know... don't rub your eyes. Ok, got it. But blow your nose with the napkin and get wing sauce on it??? Face and eyes are a subject - holy ouch. My right eye is melting.
Bathroom - wash face and hands (NOT in that order) multiple times. Now, go sit, burn, try to act cool. The ill effects are burning for a little over 30 minutes, but really drop off quickly. The lips took it the worst. The next day was stomach. Tums, water and a lot of groaning at work.
If you have heard horror stories about people trying this - they are probably true. If you want great wings, this is certainly the place. Almost every price on the menu was better than the competition EXCEPT the wings. They are bigger than most, so you pay a little more than most. The 75 flavors cost 99 cents to add per order (up to 25 wings). That is the only drawback. They run specials almost every day, so check the website and plan according to your tastes. Monday is wing night, so have a blast. And remember YOU WERE WARNED!