Who’s Packing Heat?

A TV network contacted us yesterday regarding a new show that might feature an episode in Philadelphia.

But first they need suggestions on where to find the three hottest and spiciest restaurants in Philadelphia. Han Dynasty jumps quickly to mind but where else do you go when you need to sweat it out?

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  • Kevin Clough

    Ekta & Tiffin come to mind, but you have to request extra extra spicy to really get the heat.

  • Ben

    Spanish Fly wings at Monk’s, outta control hot.

  • spanish flies at monks fo’ sho’

  • Fairmount_Frank

    Is this going to be one of those shows where some fat dude comes into town and tries to stuff himself with spicy food before losing it all? Those are always fun.

  • barryg

    Sounds like the same person as this:

  • Snake

    Barry, your recommendations in the other thread are very good. I LOVE the Pat’s dried up hot peppers. You think they make them themselves?

  • barryg

    I doubt it but they are awesome. Only reason I sometimes think I want to go to Pat’s.

  • Zoe

    The spicy selections at Circles Thai are no joke.

  • Anthony

    Zoe beat me to it, Circles.

  • Rob

    I’ve had some people sweat at the spicy dishes at:
    – Tamarind (117 South St.)
    – Minar Palace (if you ask for ‘spicy’ anything but I’ve had their spicy Biryani)

  • Flaminanus

    Han could be one, two, and three, for sure! but, How about Jakes Sandwich Board for the FireSteak?

    (PS, sorry, but after getting a food-borne illness there for a second time, Monk’s is off my list. I appreciate all Tom Peters has done for beer in Philly, if not the USA, but restaurant-wise, it’s overrated and clearly resting on its laurels. Time for a major, major infusion of upgrades there.)

  • Nate

    I agree, EKTA – The chicken Vindaloo and Kadai Chicken leave my mouth in flames. Much hotter in general than Tiffin

  • barryg

    I agree with Flaminanus, the wings at Monk’s are hot, but they aren’t especially good. The only thing they still execute on there (besides the beer, of course) is the fries.

  • Fishington Fresh

    Here, here for EKTA! The Kadai is a seriously spicy dose of deliciousness, and the Vindaloo is a player, too.

    Thai-Chili wings @ N. 3rd?
    or the Habanero wings @ Dos Segundos/La Cantina?

  • di1

    Chabba Thai in Manayunk has (had?) the spicy food competition. I went a couple years ago and had the 50 star green curry, definitely the hottest thing I’ve ever had.

  • Michael G

    The hottest thing i’ve had was the 911 wings at Cluck-u-chicken but given how bad everything else was i never ate there again(this was in 90’s for infamous ear biting fight between Tyson and Holyfield) and don’t know if they are even still open. However, for an enjoyable hot it’s got to be Han Dynasty for the dandan noodles.

  • TB

    The “Firecracker Lentil Fritter” appetizer at Rangoon is amazingly hot – and delicious. Tons of little chilies are chopped up and included in the fritter. Enjoy!

  • sam

    Szechuan Tasty House is the best takeout for the fan of spicy chinese cuisine.

  • Fishington Fresh

    i heard tasty house closed. not true? Their double cooked pork will melt steel.

  • Will Murray

    The Whip Tavern has a secret HOT wing sauce that is made with the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Chili) pepper. They don’t advertise it. You have to ask for it.

  • jlg

    what is this about szechuan tasty closing???!!!??? where did you get this info?

  • gallowaystx

    The hot sauce at Geno’s is ludicrous. I’ll bet that stuff pays for itself 100 times over with people accidentally ruining their cheesesteaks.

  • barryg

    I ate at Tasty Szechuan House today, everything seemed normal. The double cooked pork *was* tasty, but not very spicy.

  • jlg

    didn’t stop in but szechuan tasty was definitely open today, though they have a help wanted sign in the window. big relief for this fan.

  • Al

    Chung King Garden, another Szechuan place across the street from Szechuan Tasty House, closed a while back, maybe that’s what FF was remembering. It has been replaced by yet another Szechuan restaurant, E Mei, which is pretty good, if a little restrained with the spice. The “Braised Beef Fillet with szechuan style” at STH is pretty smoking hot.

  • jesse cornell

    There is a (habanero?) hot sauce at xochitl that will have your mouth throbbing. Honestly its one of the hottest hot sauces I’ve had.

  • harold

    Southwark had nduja on their menu a little while back that was out of control spicey
    And the hot sauce at genos is as hot as it gets

  • Justin

    The Hellfire wings at Q BBQ & Tequila are made from bhut jolokias (ghost peppers), and pack a hell of a punch.

    I’m a hot sauce fanatic, and I still have to pause every couple of bites.