Ten Best Hot and Spicy Foods in St. Louis

Hot and Sour Soup at Shu Feng. | Ian Froeb

Hot and Sour Soup at Shu Feng

(8435 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-983-0099)

A great bowl of hot and sour soup can clear the sinuses. So it happens at Shu Feng Restaurant, where the soup's one-two punch of pepper and vinegar makes the eyes fill with tears after a few bites. This fiery and piquant liquid will cause dots of sweat appear on the forehead as one revels in the joyous warmth. Sure, it's summer, but the soup is too good to wait for the winter to enjoy its spicy yumminess.

Spicy Fried Chicken at Porter's. | Ian Froeb

Spicy Fried Chicken at Porter's Fried Chicken

(3628 South Big Bend Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-781-2097)

Nothing fancy here. Porter's serves your fried chicken in a plain white box whether you're eating in or taking it to go. No need for bells or whistles, really. This is as good as fried chicken gets in St. Louis. The batter is crisp and, if you like, spicy; the chicken is tender, with just the right amount of grease to be sinful rather than sickening. The spicy chicken takes an extra fifteen to twenty minutes to prepare, but it's worth the wait. Not very spicy -- probably a two on a five-chile scale -- it nevertheless kicks hard enough to send Porter's chicken to the next level.

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. Email the author at cheryl.baehr@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.

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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