Ten Best Hot and Spicy Foods in St. Louis

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       The Spicy Wonton Soup at Famous Szechuan Pavilion. | Jennifer Silverberg

Cravers of capsaicin rejoice: Today is National Hot and Spicy Food Day. This celebration of fiery foods is the perfect excuse to sample St. Louis' contribution to the category. So that all levels of spice connoisseurs can participate in the fun, the list includes a broad range of spice levels. While some dishes give a gentle burn, others will light your taste buds on fire. Just don't blame us tomorrow morning.

See also:
- Ten Best Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis
- 2012 Best Food Truck: Guerrilla Street Food
- Seoul Taco and Chop Shop Review and Slide Show

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       The Flying Pig at Guerrilla Street Food. | Jennifer Silverberg


The Flying Pig at Guerrilla Street Food

(@guerrillastreet, www.guerrillastreet.com; 314-529-1328)

Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo bring the hot and spicy to the customer via their famous food truck, Guerilla Street Food. The "Flying Pig" is Guerrilla's standout dish: tender, slow-roasted pork on a bed of jasmine rice. The meat's natural flavor is subtly spiced and then spiked with chiles, Sriracha sauce and calamansi (a lime-like citrus fruit). And there's that slow-cooked egg on top, which has a texture like no other egg you've ever eaten: white and yolk are thick and supple, like custard. We'd happily eat one of these eggs on its own; deployed in tandem with the pork, it fully justifies the dish's name.

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       The Kim Cheese Burger at Kim Cheese. | Jennifer Silverberg

The Kim Cheese Burger at Kim Cheese
(13435 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield; 314-485-1408)

Kim Cheese takes on one of the nation's hottest culinary trends: Mexican-Korean fusion. This seemingly odd marriage turns out to be a match made in heaven. The "Kim Cheese Burger" pairs thin slices of grilled rib-eye steak with a generous serving of kim chi and tops them, classic burger style, with tomato, onion and a slice of American cheese. The savory-sweet beef, the funky kim chi and the tangy cheese manage to surprise at the same time the combo presses your fast-food-pleasure buttons. While the Mexican element is not on display in this dish, it shows Kim Cheese's willingness to push past the basic Korean-Mexican trend to something both quirkier and more universally appealing: a quality-conscious, Korean-Mexican-American fast-food mashup.


Location Info

Guerrilla Street Food

@guerrillastreet, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Kim Cheese

13435 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO

Category: Restaurant

Fork & Stix

549 Rosedale Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Seoul Taco

571 Melville Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Famous Szechuan Pavilion

8615 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

India Palace

4534 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Bridgeton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Blueberry Hill

6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Music

Señor Pique

14870 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO

Category: Restaurant

Shu Feng Restaurant

8435 Olive Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

Porter's Fried Chicken

3628 S. Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood, MO

Category: Restaurant


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13 comments
Andy Knight
Andy Knight

Nice article. The author may want to check out a city in the Midwest that has a few places with spicy food. It's called Saint Louis. I'm sure it would only be a day trip for her.

fmsmith1955
fmsmith1955

We get it. You need more clicks and lists generate clicks. But, does everything have to be titled "Best"? How about "10 sorta Spicy Foods in St Louis" or "10 things we thought of to put on a list to generate clicks"? I would still read it and applaud you for your candor.

jcthelilly
jcthelilly topcommenter

This is a weak list for Hot and Spicy.  Please try again.  Pearl Cafe should be listed along with many others.


Neytiri
Neytiri

This is sad. There's really nothing hot here. Written by a newbie, unfortunately. :/

Michael Cook
Michael Cook

Glad to see Senior Pique get some recognition, but the best spicy thing there is the Habanero Salsa, which is off menu, but always available. It is fantastic.

jimbo
jimbo

Wait. Cheryl,  how long have you been in town again? You sure you're ready to proclaim the 10 Best Hot and Spicy Foods in St. Louis? Seems a bit, oh, premature... 

davidianstar
davidianstar

Priyaa Indian Cuisine is THE spiciest restaurant in St. Louis. This list has no credibility.

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