Food & Drink

9 Face-Meltingly Spicy Chicago Dishes

Published On 03/10/2015 Published On 03/10/2015
Potluck Creative
Jake Melnick’s
Zara Husaini/thrillist
Big G’s Pizza
High Five Ramen
Zara Husaini/thrillist
Mixteco Grill
The Fifty/50
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1. High Five Ramen 112 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

Brought to you by Brendan Sodikoff, this West Loop resto is a cozy, dimly-lit space offering a concise menu featuring both traditional and modern ramen offerings, eye-popping “canzillas” of Asahi beer, and boozy slushies to temper the heat of the noodles.

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2. Leghorn Chicken 959 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Leghorn Chicken is one of the best fried-bird establishments in Chitown. Get their chicken-fried fries, or even some free condoms (seriously).

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3. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap 41 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap is a beer bar in River North, Chicago that's serving up some killer hot wings and other bar foods.

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4. Andy's Thai Kitchen 946 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

It’s possible that Andy’s Thai Kitchen of Lakeview is BYOB because Chef Andy would rather you choose what potion you use to douse the Thai hot spice in your throat. Powerful flavors bathe Andy’s dishes, from the appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, curries, to, most of all, the slurp-worthy noodles. Speaking of noodles, hop the pad Thai fence and explore new noodle terrain, with the boat noodle, a dish complete with beef brisket, thin rice vermicellis, Chinese broccoli, bean sprouts, garlic, onions, pork skin, and cilantro.

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5. Naansense 171 N Wells, Chicago, IL 60606

This "fast-casual" Indian resto is more than just a clever play on words. It also serves a number of delicious and modern Indian dishes. But you gotta admit, the name is pretty sweet.

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6. Big G's Pizza 3716 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

The masterminds at Big G's Pizza in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood offer pizza for the adventurous and crazy. You'd have to be insane to try their infamous Dance with El Diablo pie with habanero peppers, or perhaps insane to not try it.

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7. Fat Rice 2957 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This perpetual hot spot in Logan Square specializes in the cuisine of Macau, which translates to a mix of European and Asian comfort foods. The signature dish is arroz gordo, aka fat rice, a paella-meets-bibimbap bowl of layered rice packed rich with clams, prawns, sausage, chicken, eggs, olives, and chilis. Everything about Fat Rice is conducive to sharing, from the appetizers and entrees to the communal tables.

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8. The Fifty/50 2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

The 50's a tri-level sports temple serving gluttonous fare like in-house smoked meats (ribs, pulled pork, wings), mac 'n' cheese toppable with everything from chicken to chili, and the "Double-Secret Probation"-esque "Triple Secret:" a tri-meat fatburger with a classified recipe.

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9. Mixteco Grill 1601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Mixteco Grill is all about flair, from the walls' warm golden tones to the Oaxacan-inspired dishes. Don't expect anything less from the Lakeview Mexican spot, which may have you turning colors with its habanero salsa.