Ten Best Hot and Spicy Foods in St. Louis

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Buffalo fries at Blueberry Hill. | Ian Froeb

Buffalo Fries at Blueberry Hill
(6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-4444)

Sure, Blueberry Hill is known for its famous burgers, and they are delicious in their own right. However, to turn a good meal into a mouth-tingling feast, pair the burger with Buffalo fries. So called because they pack some heat -- though they taste more like really kicked-up seasoned fries than traditional Buffalo wing sauce -- the fries are just a terrific snack, starter or side dish: crisp, salty, spicy and, yeah, a little greasy. To make the day extra decadent, ask for a side of blue cheese dressing.

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       Chile Morita con Puerco at Senor Pique. | Ian Froeb

Chile Morita con Puerco at Senor Pique
(14870 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-394-3455)

Señor Pique might look like just another Mexican restaurant slinging chips and salsa and margaritas to the west-county masses -- and, yes, you can get all three of those items here -- but the menu offers more unusual dishes like the chile morita con puerco. As the deep, brick-red color of this sauce might suggest, the morita chile is very hot. It has the smoky flavor of chipotle -- indeed, you will often see it advertised as a chipotle morita or something similar -- with a slightly fruity note. It pairs beautifully with hunks of pork tenderloin. Eat it as is or fold it into corn tortillas (provided with the meal) to make a taco. Either way, it's likely to sear even the most jaded palates.

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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