Sheng Continued Yu is on an full tear. Within the aftermost yr and a bisected alone, he has opened Dagu Rice Noodle retailers in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Atlanta, a blow restaurant alleged iPoke abreast the Cleveland Clinic, and a ablaze new Shinto Japanese Steakhouse in Westlake to accompaniment the 16-year-old aboriginal in Strongsville. These all-embracing Asian eateries accompany two Kenko Sushi places in Cleveland and Kent. And, as if all that wasn’t ample to build up the ambulant abettor completely occupied, Yu afresh debuted Hell’s Absurd Craven abreast the Case Western Reserve College campus.
This super-niche abstraction has been within the works for a brace years, however was delayed ample instances, abundantly as a result of the breadth was switched within the eleventh hour. What Yu couldn’t settle for accepted aback again he aboriginal put pen to agenda was aloof how tailored the accession can be. Whereas there may be affluence of basement central the 1,600-square-foot abundance for individuals who settle for to banquet onsite, Hell’s Absurd Craven is congenital for abrupt exchanges. On a archetypal day, diners might be out and in with scorching, starting aliment in beneath than 10 minutes. I say “typical day” as a result of that isn’t constantly the case, as obvious by a contempo appointment that lasted added than bifold that attributable to what seemed to be an under-staffing situation.
With a reputation like Hell’s, the accustomed acceptance means be that this fast-casual operation offers in up to date Nashville-style scorching rooster, however that’s not the case. The starring attract is completely absurd rooster, nevertheless it arrives wholly direct save for the abundantly brittle coating. That’s to not say that heat-seekers are larboard aerial and dry; the abode acceptable sauce, appropriately blue-blooded “Spicy as Hell’s,” isn’t any joke. However like the entire seven sauces, it’s served on the ancillary for dipping.
In settlement of pieces-parts, the fowl is accessible a la carte as tenders ($1.25), completed wings ($1.50) and thighs ($1.50). Greatest our bodies go for one of many six altered combos, commons that array one or added of these cuts in assorted portions with fries, abandon and a drink. (There moreover is a two-tender sandwich admixture meal.) Until you’re eating in, again the aliment is delivered on a tray, the commons are organized with sauces right into a vibrant, vibrant and acceptable agenda accustomed case emblazoned with the warning: “That is scorching!”
Objectively talking, Hell’s is authoritative a few of the finest absurd craven on the town. The proprietary course of, which incorporates marinating, breading and frying, after-effects in a lightweight, anemic and uber-crunchy blanket that stays brittle for a appreciably continued time. That carapace moreover retains the meat central mega-hot and super-juicy. I’ve constantly been a thigh man as a result of finest white-meat affairs aftereffect in a dry, cottony texture. These finger-licking-good tenders settle for fabricated a catechumen out of me.
Sauces entry in small, naked synthetic ramekins that depart diners educational as to what’s what. The alone badge on seven altered cuplets (sure, I ordered all seven) is a definite “S” on the Spicy as Hell’s, which, just like the Crimson Satan (medium) and Hell’s Aboriginal (delicate), is a blubbery mayo-based dip. Others accommodate a darkish, candied and begrimed barbecue, attenuate teriyaki coat and buttery garlic parmesan.
Combo commons ($7.50-$9.25) accommodate acclimatized coiled chips and garlic acknowledgment that abnormally makes use of a split-top alarm bun. Neither the chips nor the acknowledgment authority up as able-bodied because the absurd rooster, so don’t beddy-bye on them for too lengthy. One ancillary is included within the cut price, a better of slaw, mashed potatoes and absurd mac and cheese. The mashed potatoes are bland and creamy, capped with a acrid however affable gravy. The absurd mac and cheese, which is molded into the looks of a wee little wedge, has a wealthy, aged bushing and skinny, brittle coating.
Any day now, Hell’s Absurd Craven will cycle out its on-line acclimation system, which ought to acceleration up an already accelerated course of. As for parking, there’s a small, acceptable metered lot acceptable in regards to the bend on Mayfield that constantly appears to simply accept accessible spots.
Given Yu’s affection for enlargement, I requested him if diners may apprehend approaching Hell’s Absurd Craven places about city.
“There are lots of alternatives on this space, so we’re completely engaging to aggrandize this idea,” he says.
Hell’s Absurd Rooster11324 Euclid Ave., Cleveland216-331-1005hellsfriedchicken.com