Hot sauce exploded in popularity in the food scene a few years ago, so the number of spicy items on any given restaurant menu has reached new heights. Today, there are more fiery foods than ever, and many of the best SF restaurants are spicing up their offerings.
From arrabbiata pasta at your favorite Italian spot to sushi drizzled in spicy sauce to Mexican drinks with a jalapeño kick, heat lovers can find menu options that are packing the heat at restaurants of every cuisine. Here’s 6 dishes in San Francisco that’ll spice up your next night out:
BEST SF RESTAURANTS WITH SPICE
Sichuan and Northern Chinese cuisines are known to be fiery and mouth-numbing and many of the delicious dishes at Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese Food support that reputation. Among the hottest dishes on the menu are the chicken wings — prepared as Chongqing-style dry fried chicken — which are tossed with a Sichuan peppercorn-based spice mixture and buried in an abundance of red peppers.
From the jalapeno crema on the carne asada tacos to the tomatillo and habanero salsa on the braised pork carnitas, the dishes at Mexican eatery Copita in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco, are packing a punch.
Seasonally available at Pizzeria Delfina in Palo Alto and Burlingame, the crazy melon salad features an assortment of the summer’s best melons tossed with chili (where you get that kick!), mint, extra virgin olive oil and feta.
Living up to its namesake, the pretty hot wings at Thai restaurant Kin Khao are prepared with Nam Pla fish sauce, garlic marinade, tamarind and Sriracha glaze. Sriracha is very popular in Thai cuisine, having originated in the Chonburi Province of eastern Thailand in the 1930s.
The spaghetti at Delfina is as delicious as it looks, prepared with plum tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and pepperoncini. A popular ingredient in Italian cuisine, pepperoncini are the generic Italian name for hot chili peppers and give an extra kick to this classic dish.
Marinated in red curry paste and served with a chili peanut sauce, the Street Fair Baby Shrimp Fritters at Farmhouse Kitchen pack a punch. Though it’s red, red curry paste isn’t red hot and is a safe bet for novice spice eaters, packing moderate heat.