Ten Best Hot and Spicy Foods in St. Louis

        Xin Lin, owner of Famous Szechuan Pavilion, sits for a moment to enjoy lunch. | Jennifer Silverberg

Yu Shan Pork at Famous Szechuan Pavilion
(8516 Olive Boulevard; 314-685-0888)

If you haven't visited Famous Szechuan Pavilion and tried the incredible dishes there, then you can't say you've experienced the full range of culinary delights that St. Louis has to offer. For a shot of straight-up capsaicin, try the yu shan pork: slivers of meat and chopped scallions and red chiles in chile oil, the savory blend of pig and garlic quickly giving way to a heat so powerful that leaves one begging for a pain-killing remedy.

       Lamb vindaloo at India Palace. | Ian Froeb

Lamb Vindaloo at India Palace
(4534 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Bridgeton; 314-731-3333)

Vindaloo traditionally offers a distinctive sour or tart note. Whether India Palace's version provides this through vinegar or tamarind paste or something else entirely, it is here in the precise proportion needed to balance out both the hot and the savory elements. The lamb vindaloo at India Palace is beautifully balanced. The heat of red chiles is strong -- just look at the dish's brilliant red color -- but not brutally so. It dampens your forehead, for sure, but never overwhelms the interplay of the complex spice blend and the thickly cut and richly flavored lamb.

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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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.


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 topcommenter

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


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.


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... 


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

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