Food & Drink

Whoa. This is so hot. And on Chestnut.

From the crew behind Chinatown's Sakura, just-opened Spice 28 is new Szechuan-ery on Chestnut: a futuristic-looking, long 'n narrow space with a cool, neon-lined lumber canopy overhead and a wall of laser-cut wood panels that look like giant Scantrons, which, duh, you're gonna want to C

Far East fare includes handhelds like crispy spicy cucumbers, roasted duck rolls, and blue crab fajitas, while silverware-required-ers count seared scallops w/ seasoned jellyfish, and choose-your-own-protein-adventure plates. They've also got a run of authentic Szechuan dishes (read: hotter than a Craigslist iPhone), all ranked on the menu by heat level on a scale of 1-3, from mildly seasoned salt & pepper squid, to mid-spiced "double cooked" pork belly, to heavily spiced bowls of brothless, secret-seasoned "dry pots" of fish and chicken.

Oh, and there's a bar up front that'll offer up cocktails specially designed to pair with heat, just as soon as the liquor license dudes grant their approval -- here's hoping they don't get test-y.