Food & Drink

Boston's 10 best spicy dishes

Published On 08/08/2014 Published On 08/08/2014
Spiciest Foods BOS
Michelle Lahey
Michelle Lahey
Michelle Lahey
Boston Burger Company
Michelle Lahey
Lucky’s Lounge
Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake
Michelle Lahey
Five Horses Tavern
India Quality Restaurant
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1. Sichuan Gourmet 1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446 (Brookline)

Located near BU, Sichuan Gourmet is the place to go to get schooled on solid, no-frills Chinese food. Their lunch specials are fantastic, their drinks are cheap, and some of the dishes are turned up to 11 on the heat scale, if a good spice attack is what you're after.

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2. East Coast Grill 1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

East Coast Grill showcases chef Jason Heard's love for Southern food and BBQ, as well as cuisines from around the world. Enjoy a hearty selection of ribs and BBQ alongside bites like Asian-style Island Creek oysters, seared tuna tacos, and Creole-style BBQ shrimp.

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3. FoMu 481 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

FoMu is the place to go for quality vegan ice cream. All of the dairy-free treats here are made with a coconut milk base and sweetened with all-natural, minimally-processed sugar. The ice cream is way more exciting than just unprocessed sugar, though -- FoMu boasts untraditional flavors like chocolate pudding, cardamom pistachio, cherry amaretto, salted caramel, and brownie malted stout. You know what they say: once you go vegan, you never stop eating ice cream...right?

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4. Boston Burger Company 37 Davis Sq, Somerville, MA 02144 (Somerville)

BBC's a gourmet burgery/casual cafe harnessing the power of black angus to offer 22 styles of half-pound, hand-packed burgers grilled in an open kitchen tempered with dark wood/beige walls, three faltscreens, and a French-doored facade opening onto Davis Square.

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5. Tico 222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Residing in the space of the former Cottonwood Cafe, this Spanish/Latin eatery from the big deal chef behind Radius boasts a robust lineup of tequilas to wash down small plate shareables like spicy shrimp/bacon/avocado tacos.

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6. Lucky's Lounge 355 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

During the early days of the Fort Point renaissance, Lucky’s opted for out-of-the-way-no-sign-having coolness in this red, plush '50s-esque lounge. Even cooler: there’s FREE shuttle service to Lucky's from anywhere in South Boston!

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7. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake 384 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

For a while, Rattlesnake got by on being the only spot on Boylston with a rooftop deck, but eventually doing the bare minimum wasn't enough. To remedy the situation, the RS folks brought in chef Brian Poe to ensure that customers nevermore (see what we did there?) walked away complaining of the rooftops's lack of carne asada tacos. That, plus quesadillas, nachos, BLTs, a whole range of tequilas, cocktails, beers & wines, is exactly what they're now offering up. On a roof. On Boylston. It's the perfect combination at last.

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8. Chacarero 101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110 (Downtown Crossing)

Chacarero, a one-time food truck turned Downtown fast-casual counter, specializes in the eponymous traditional Chilean sandwich. The signature chacarero starts with house-made round bread and your choice of grilled steak or chicken (or both). The sandwich is then filled with Muenster cheese, tomatoes, steamed green beans (not a typo), hot sauce, and an avocado. Do as Bostonians do and get in line for the namesake sandwich... and order some empanadas on the side for good measure.

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9. Five Horses Tavern 400 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144 (Davis)

Because the only curses that matter are the ones hatefully screamed at Nick Swisher whenever he's on deck at Fenway, the dude behind Five Horses Tavern is opening his bar in the jinxed space that formerly housed Sagra, Sauce, and 400 Highland, hoping that 116 brews, a full bourbon bar, and an eclectic lineup of globally inspired fare will help him succeed where others have failed.

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10. India Quality Restaurant 484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

Hit up India Quality when you're in the mood for quality Indian (maybe there's something to that name), and order your favorite dish "hot" when you're in the mood to punish your tongue with delicious, euphoria-inducing spice.

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