In honor of the Fourth of July and summer travel, it’s time for a little foodie travelogue from the shore.
It’s summer, and here in New Jersey, that mean trips “down the shore,” as we say. I grew up a pretty quick drive from the Jersey Shore (no, it’s generally nothing like what you saw on MTV’s show). High school weekends during nice weather frequently included a walk on the boardwalk.
But when we really wanted to get away for a beach weekend, we drove down to Long Beach Island, NJ – an 18-mile long barrier island in southern NJ. For years, as a family we spent a week staying in motels. We’d hit the beach by day, and in the evening take in the island’s laid back vibes at local restaurants and then at the local amusement park, Fantasy Island, playing mini-golf, visiting the arcades, and just having fun.
In more recent years, my parents have become homeowners down on LBI, and we’ve had the good fortune to be able to spend several weekends with them each summer. Most of the rest of the traditions – food, ice cream, rides, golf – are still in place.
This brings me to one of our favorite places down there to grab some grub, The Chicken or the Egg.
The Chegg, as it’s affectionately known, serves all kinds of breakfast foods, burgers, sandwiches, and snacks, but it’s most well-known for its buffalo wings. They serve wings, boneless wings, and veggie wings, smothered in any one of their 16 wing sauces:
The sauces range from the pretty tame to the, well, completely ludicrous (as you’ll see from the hottest sauce’s name). How hot can Ludicrous be? Well, the restaurant was featured on an episode of Man v. Food. In the Travel Channel’s show, host Adam Richman travels the country searching for food challenges, usually in the form of “the biggest” or “the hottest” foods. The Ludicrous Wing Challenge fell right in his wheelhouse:
Now we’ve been hitting the Chegg for years. I get their veggie wings, and generally I love their Zapper sauce. It’s got real heat, there’s no question, but also great flavor (which is at least as important in a hot sauce, IMHO). But after watching that Man v. Food video, how could I not give this a try?!
Well, I did. And the heat? It is ludicrous. It’s all about the pain, not about the flavor. And the pain is real. Well, see for yourself:
Yep, there’s really not too much to add there.
What’s the spiciest food you’ve tried? Tell me about it in the comments!