Are these hot enough for you?
Some like it hot, and Denver-area restaurants are more than happy to oblige. Spicy food teases the taste buds, clears the sinuses and makes delicious meals even better — assuming you can handle the heat. It doesn't matter what kind of spicy food you favor, since local restaurants feature a crush of cuisine options. So don't be afraid to quiz the server on the level of heat to be expected. Not everyone wants a battered and blistered tongue, and the discussion alone could heat up the meals in your own kitchen.
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- Anya Semenoff
- October 25th 2010 at 09:20 a.m.
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Have little patience for barbecue without bite? Then consider slathering some of M&D's hottest BBQ sauce on one of the café's many menu options. Here's a tip, so to speak: Order the popular BBQ Rib Tip pieces with "peppa" fries. It's an entrée big enough to feed two - or more - but it's not for the faint of stomach.
Handsome sports bars don't jump to mind when shopping around for spicy meals. But this one's savory stew is a notable exception to the usual wings-and-fries sports bar fare. It's soup with an attitude, not to mention meaty chunks of chicken. It's nice that the jalapeño-to-broth ratio doesn't demand you quaff a glass of water after each bite. Yet the recipe still delivers enough heat to make this soup a stand-out.
Like hot sauces? This LoDo destination offers 15 spicy versions to satisfy almost any palate. If you can't decide from the elaborate list, check out Hudson Barrel, Indonesian Chili and Sunset Hot sauces for maximum impact.
This restaurant should be on every heat-seeking diner's list. The meal, packed with jalapeños, is so hot even one of the restaurant's waiters cautioned it might be too much. And you don't have to order it special. The dish arrives hot every time.
Denverites often cite this eatery as home to some of the hottest Thai food around. Diners can dial up the heat from mild to hot, although a friendly waitress warned this reporter against the "hot" variation before finally relenting with a grin. The Pak US Thai Special is as spicy as advertised, but neither flavor nor texture are sacrificed in the process. Try one of US Thai's green curry dishes for more sizzle - even the "mild" packs a punch.
Indian cuisine offers a number of savory dishes, but vindaloo entrees often generate the most heat. Try this restaurant's Lamb Vindaloo for a pleasing combination of fire and flavor. Your sinus cavities will buckle, not break, and the lamb is tender yet firm. Dip some nan (flat bread) into the sauce for an extra fiery blast.
Great spicy chili is all about the peppers, and this restaurant knows which ones to use to make their meals sizzle. Diners can opt for mild or hot versions of their pork green chile, but it's the latter that keeps folks coming back for more. Brewery Bar II (mapped) is located at 150 Kalamath St., 303-893-0971. There also are locations in Aurora and Lone Tree.
This Colfax mainstay offers two dishes to meet your spicy standards. The restaurant's Pad Thai is hotter than your garden variety version, and its Drunken Noodle also brings more than enough heat to one's plate.
Strip-mall restaurants may get a bad rap, but some of them produce first-class meals. Take J's Noodles & New Thai, a modest restaurant with entrees that can stand tall next to stand-alone eateries. Diners can choose from mild, medium or hot variations on their large menu, but consider the latter for the best Pad Prik Khing in town. It's both hot and filled with favor, its spice never overwhelming the experience.
Can't go another day without a bowl of hotter-than-hot green chile? Well, there's probably a Santiago's location near you. The local chain offers more than 20 locations, serving up mild, medium and hot chile bowls. Go for the gusto and choose the latter, but make sure to have a cool beverage at the ready.