Ten Best Hot and Spicy Foods in St. Louis
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.
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.