Cambridge Restaurant’s Food Is So Hot, You Have To Sign A Waiver

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Here’s a question for you: How hot is too hot when it comes to spicy food?

If you want to find out first hand, it’s Hell Week at the East Coast Grill in Cambridge.

For those who aren’t familiar with the event, the restaurant cooks up what may be the spiciest dish you could ever eat.

Before you can even order the Pasta Plate from Hell, you have to sign a waiver saying you understand that you are putting yourself in danger.

Those who think the waiver is some kind of a publicity stunt only need to look at an incident Tuesday night.

The spicy food forced one man to get medical assistance. An ambulance showed up after witnesses say the man passed out.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports

Owner Chris Schlesinger created the Pasta Plate from Hell. He says it’s aimed at a specific clientele.

“All the people that like hot and spicy food consider themselves gun slingers and they come looking for trouble,” he said.

Cameron Butts from the Coast Guard summed up the experience.

“Pain. I can’t breathe. I can’t talk,” he said. “It tastes good at first. Now I can’t taste anything,” he said.

Countless others echoed that same sentiment.

Fortunately, there is an antidote that the restaurant keeps handy.

Chants of “wimp” accompany the delivery of the coveted orange Popsicle – a true lifesaver here.

“I saved another soul,” a server cracks.

The secret ingredient of Hell Week is the Naga pepper, one of the hottest peppers on the planet.

A scoreboard keeps a tally of the torture. Many have tried, but only a handful have eaten the whole bowl.

And while there have been trips to the hospital, the good news, according to Schlesinger, there have been no fatalities so far.

  • 3rdarm

    Its antidote not anecdote.

    • Dave

      That’s anecdotal!

    • John Patricio

      The article did say ANTIDOTE … the antidote being the orange Popsicle. Didn’t say anything about any anecdote at all.

      • Larry Croft

        I didn’t read the article when it was fresh. My guess is that the writer read the comment and made a correction.

      • 3rdarm

        The article did get EDITED. You turd.

    • 'Nother-Son-O'-Ursus

      Re: “LOL! You’re gasping for breath and the waiters-come-and-tell-you-an-amusing-story…” {newzwatcher}…

      …Ironically, such a situation would be referred to as ‘Being-COLD!’, on the waiter’s-part!

    • Beauxdog

      I agree… funniest comment I have seen in a long time.

    • Mark in IAH

      LOL…that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all week!

    • MarvPDQ

      A bunch of them damned deer has got antlers on ’em, folks. Now that ain’t natcheral, as everbody knows. In fact, it’s downright filthy, and any medical doctor worth a warm bucket of spit will tell you as much! Yep, it’s unclean and it’s un-natcheral and un-Godly, too, and the time for talkin’ is past! Now let’s get out there and SMASH ‘EM, BOYS! THEY GOT CLOVEN HOOVES AND HORNS ON THEY HEADS JUST LIKE SATAN HISSELF HAS GOT, AND WE GOT TO GET OUT THERE AND SMASH ‘EM ALL!!!!Oh my yes!A rich, tender, delicious Jew sandwich with roasted cow’s meat on dark, heavy German rye with some of that killer Kraut mustard and a frosted mug of pilsner beer…

    • Rushgroove

      It’s “It’s”, not “Its” in teh context in which you use it…

      • John Moser


      • John Moser

        I mean right.

      • Rushgrove


      • LMAO

        LOL your correction needs a correction. Hello Kettle…

    • John Steele

      I have yet to find food in a restaurant to hot to eat. Try Henry’s Hunan in San Francisco… truly hot food and really god

    • Lazybum

      Wow- If I had known the difference between anecdote and antidote, my friend Timmy would have survived that snake bite when we were kids….I do think he enjoyed hearing the story about my puppy, though.

      • Jerk Store


      • Sam Kunz

        Nice. “Deep Thoughts” By Jack Handy, came in handy. Give credit where credit is due LOL

      • DougC

        That’s funny!!

    • Sally Burke

      ? It said “antidote.”

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  • Willow

    So,,,does the waiver apply if a person dies from eating such a hot dish?

    • Andrew P.

      One would assume that is the point of the waiver… to remove the liability of pain, suffering, hospitalization, and death from the restaurant.

      I can’t see any other reason to ask patrons to sign a waiver. Can you?

      • Matt

        It is a gimmick

      • matt

        Yes, publicity & for macho-ness. Sorry, that’s two.

  • Willow1

    I’m curious. If a patron dies from eating this dish, does the waiver still apply?

    • TheRealKingMax

      Depends how good the deceased patron’s lawyer is…

      Frankly, I wouldn’t do this. In this lawsuit-crazy world, eventually someone will sue the owner, and a crooked lawyer and a liberal judge will make it stick, regardless of the waiver or it’s wording.

      • Lived in the People's Republic of Cambridge for a Bit

        A liberal judge in Mass? No way!

    • Geoff

      I’m curious. If a patron dies from eating this dish, does the patron have to leave a tip?

    • krp

      Capsaicin is not a toxic substance. It affects the pain receptors of mammals – including humans, but it is not lethal.

      However, if the physical reaction to the capsaicin exceeds a person’s capability to handle it, then there could be an adverse reaction. Just like a person with a heart condition being scared to death.

      • gls

        Have to disagree with you. Capsaicin does cause cardiovascular reflexes resulting in elevation of blood pressure. that can physically kill you. I have published medical articles on it in the past

  • Denise

    They should contact Man vs Food…

    • James Kalinski

      I have had several HOTTT pepers eating contests in my younger years, Now I will live to SH ! T it the next day… 30 + yrs… LOL

    • brian

      they’ve already been on man vs food

    • Rob Smalls

      Adam Richman did this restaurant during Hell Week in a show on his first season. He tried the Pasta from Hell and had to get the antidote himself.

      • Lazybum

        and nio Adam has an anecdote!

      • Lazybum

        NOW…I hate it when that happens!

  • tsal

    I don’t see the problem. Just don’t go to the restaurant; and if you really do want to go there, don’t order the dish.

  • tsssaaall

    I don’t see the problem. Just don’t go to the restaurant. If you absolutely have to go to the restaurant, order something else.

  • reneV

    I believe MVF was already there, I recall the orange popsicle

  • SouthTex

    Been there just last week. First of all it is a very nice little place.
    Chris is an excellent host and very interested in his customers comfort and enjoyment.

    The pasta from Hell was a bit spicy with a tangy aftertaste. I recommend it if you like Pasta. Don’t expect it to be as hot as Texas Chili, but it is an amusing little dish.

    • rjm2238

      I agree with you. I am from New Mexico, the Chile Capitol of the world. We have some truly hot dishes, bowls of green chile, jalapeno peppers, piquine peppers and the famous habanero.
      All of it very good and all of it able to be eaten by the bowl full, and not as a spice, mind you, but as a main ingredient!
      Rich in New Mexico.

      • Frank

        You really don’t have a clue, do you?

        Nevermind…. asked and answered. Go back to your flaming NM greens….

      • Omega 13

        Sounds like Frank is just a trolling d-bag

      • Frank

        New Mexico green chiles – 1,500 SHU
        Jalepeno – 3-6,000 SHU
        Piquine (sic) – 140,000 SHU (pequin or piquin is correct)
        Habanero – 300,000 SHU

        *******Naga Jolokia – 1,000,000+ SHU

        Tried again, poser….

      • rjm2238

        Frank, do you eat them by the bowl full? Not one at a time or a slice at a time, a whole bowl full, prepared of course but not diluted?
        Didn’t think so.
        Rich in New Mexico.

      • beefrits

        Actually Frank is right and Omega 13 is irrelevant.

    • Mexas

      Of course Texans likes things spicier – Mexicans have a cultural tolerance to spice.

  • Crank

    Argh I was in Boston for 3 weeks and didn’t know about this place.

  • Ramon

    People in Massachusetts are wimps. My buddy Travis demolished a “Death Burger” this past Saturday night, here in San Francisco, and he barely took a sip of beer to wash it down, AND he only drank the proffered milk, because he doesn’t like to waste food.

    • Mark

      perk… death burger?? Where in SF?

      • Mort Zuckerman

        Probably some gay bar. It comes with a side of HIV

      • Ramon

        Dr Teeth & Electric Mayhem.

        Reply to Mort – the A-H living in his grandmother’s basement: Good luck in the seventh grade.

  • David

    I think the Bill of Rights article 3 applies here-
    You do not have the right to be free from harm.
    If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful. Do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

    Of course in the US with the sue happy leftists amongst us, a waiver is necessary.

  • Obama

    Wimp, I once ate a star for dinner and for dessert I ate a supernova. Now that was a hot meal. If you do not believe me, they are covering it on MSNBC tonight!

    • Kevin Stowell

      Did you chase it with an anti-inflammatory?

      • JustAGuy

        An Obamaroid Ointment might help.

  • WDDB

    “Fortunately, there is an anecdote that the restaurant keeps handy. ”


    • my$.02


  • freecheese

    These weenies wouldn’t last one hour in Louisiana or Texas. What a bunch of whining pussies !

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  • CN Fan

    I heard Chuck Norris ordered this pasta, and the pasta was begging for merci.

  • Peter

    I can eat a whole box of hot tamale candy… there

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  • Vindaloo

    Spill the beans. Are we talking ghost peppers here? What’s the secret ingredient?

    • TJG

      “The secret ingredient of Hell Week is the Naga pepper, one of the hottest peppers on the planet.”

      Third to last paragraph.

      • Vindaloo

        I missed that paragraph for some reason. Naga is also called ghost pepper.

  • Matt

    Restaurants have been using the “waiver” gimmick for years. This is not news.

  • Curly

    Think Curly, Three Stooges, tried to warn about these things – Naga naga naga

  • Spanky

    “The secret ingredient of Hell Week is the Naga pepper, one of the hottest peppers on the planet. ”

    Racism! The cooks acted stupidly. They must go to the White House for a beer and crack summit.

  • MarvPDQ

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    • 3rdarm

      I hear ya, Marv.

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