As we head into the coldest time of the year, the least we can do is warm up our taste buds. We’ve found some of the spiciest dishes across the state, and this list is not for the faint of heart. Order a large glass of cold milk and dig in.
Graze’s Bibimbap, a traditional Korean dish, comes with your choice of marinated ground pork or tofu, crispy rice, sunny-side-up egg, sautéed bok choy, mixed vegetables and, the best part, the spicy gochujang. Can you handle it?
EE-Sane has something for everyone, with your choice in spiciness level (1-10). Though, according to the restaurant’s reviews, only “experts who can handle the heat” should attempt level 10 lava sauce. Consider yourself an expert? Head to EE-Sane.
While many Thai dishes tend to be spicy, The King & I offers the “Native Thai” spice level – just have someone ready to fan you.
J. Gumbo’s offers all-things Cajun, but it’s Voodoo Chicken is slow-cooked in a garlicky tomato sauce with cayenne and crushed red and black pepper, and is not for the faint of heart.
This Caribbean-themed menu features several spicy dishes, but a favorite is the Chicken Chile Penne, featuring jerk chicken, penne pasta, spicy red chile cream sauce finished with asiago cheese and wood roasted vegetables.
Indonesian food is known for its spiciness, so for a menu item at Bandung to contain a photo of flames, you know it must be next-level spicy. The Holy Basil stir fry comes with your choice of beef, chicken or tempeh with green and red peppers, onion and bamboo shoots in a spicy basil sauce.
Again, traditional New Orleans food isn’t exactly known for being mild. When New Orleans Take-Out denotes its Crawfish Etouffee as being “very, very hot”, you can rest assured it’s going to give your taste buds a run for their money.
I’ll bet you can guess what Chili John’s specializes in. Choose from mild, medium, hot, or, if you dare, extra hot. The recipe has been a favorite since the restaurant was opened in 1913, and, although the recipe has remained secret, the theory behind its spiciness is the addition of “A Bowl of Red” chili seasoning (the entire 8-ounce container). Well, that may explain it.
For those of you who live for all things spicy – where do you go to get your fix? Share your favorite spicy dishes with us on social media using #discoverwisconsin.