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Spicy Food in New Orleans: 13 Places To Light Your Mouth on Fire

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Although the cuisine of Louisiana is always well spiced, it's not necessarily what one would call "spicy," in the Scoville-scale heat sense. But spice is definitely nice, especially at these places.

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Boswell's Jamaican Grill

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Boswell's will hook you up with spicy jerked meats and seafood, extra jerk sauce, and a spicy beef patty for good measure.

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Nathanial Zimet focuses on meat in general, but this is a great place to get your spicy wing on, with both the jerked and spicy buffalo wings on the menu. Wash down with daiq. Repeat.

Gene's Poboys and Daiquiris

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Hot sausage poboy in the hot pink corner poboy shop that's open 24 hours.

Liuzza's By The Track

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The New Orleans version of BBQ shrimp is found on menus all over the city, but the tangy, spicy, buttery version in Liuzza's BBQ shrimp poboy imparts a delicious heat that's softened by the pistolette bread.

Rum House

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Though their slaw is made with jalapenos and their tacos have various spicy sauces. the heat to beat at the Rum House is the Seafood Pepper Pot, a bouillabaisse with Jamaican pepperpot sauce. It's served pretty spicy, but you can crank it up even more if you wish.

Lilly's Cafe

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While you can add sriacha and raw jalapenos to any old pho, Lily's provides a spicy shrimp pho to really clear out the sinuses. Vegetarians can also enjoy some heat with the spicy tofu banh mi.
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Boucherie

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Get your spice on in the dessert course, with Boucherie's Thai Chili Chocolate Chess Pie.

Compère Lapin

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While Chef Nina Compton isn't shy with the spice in general, the hot fire chicken on the lunch menu takes it to another level. Pretty simple - fried boneless chicken thigh doused in a lot of hot pepper sauce. It comes with pickles to cool things down.

Jung's Golden Dragon II

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Ask for the Chinese menu and burn your face off with the boiled beef (or fish) with Szechuan hot pepper oil or the Ma Po Tofu.

Cajun Seafood

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Don't mess around - go straight here for the spiciest crawfish.

Johnny Sánchez NOLA

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While of course Johnny Sanchez is going to have spicy chiles and salsas, it's the Hellfire cocktail that puts it on the list: with el Buho mezcal, habanero bitters, anaheim pepper, and grapefruit.
The seafood palace's spicy ground shrimp and noodles dish gets its kick from Korean red chili powder, jalapenos, ginger, and chili oil.

Banana Blossom Thai Cafe

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The West Bank provides some of the best Thai food in the area, Jimmy Cho dishes up hose favorites like a spicy clams appetizer or spicy basil trout entree.

Boswell's Jamaican Grill

Boswell's will hook you up with spicy jerked meats and seafood, extra jerk sauce, and a spicy beef patty for good measure.

bourrée

Nathanial Zimet focuses on meat in general, but this is a great place to get your spicy wing on, with both the jerked and spicy buffalo wings on the menu. Wash down with daiq. Repeat.

Gene's Poboys and Daiquiris

Hot sausage poboy in the hot pink corner poboy shop that's open 24 hours.

Liuzza's By The Track

The New Orleans version of BBQ shrimp is found on menus all over the city, but the tangy, spicy, buttery version in Liuzza's BBQ shrimp poboy imparts a delicious heat that's softened by the pistolette bread.

Rum House

Though their slaw is made with jalapenos and their tacos have various spicy sauces. the heat to beat at the Rum House is the Seafood Pepper Pot, a bouillabaisse with Jamaican pepperpot sauce. It's served pretty spicy, but you can crank it up even more if you wish.

Lilly's Cafe

While you can add sriacha and raw jalapenos to any old pho, Lily's provides a spicy shrimp pho to really clear out the sinuses. Vegetarians can also enjoy some heat with the spicy tofu banh mi.
ENOLA

Boucherie

Get your spice on in the dessert course, with Boucherie's Thai Chili Chocolate Chess Pie.

Compère Lapin

While Chef Nina Compton isn't shy with the spice in general, the hot fire chicken on the lunch menu takes it to another level. Pretty simple - fried boneless chicken thigh doused in a lot of hot pepper sauce. It comes with pickles to cool things down.

Jung's Golden Dragon II

Ask for the Chinese menu and burn your face off with the boiled beef (or fish) with Szechuan hot pepper oil or the Ma Po Tofu.

Cajun Seafood

Don't mess around - go straight here for the spiciest crawfish.

Johnny Sánchez NOLA

While of course Johnny Sanchez is going to have spicy chiles and salsas, it's the Hellfire cocktail that puts it on the list: with el Buho mezcal, habanero bitters, anaheim pepper, and grapefruit.

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The seafood palace's spicy ground shrimp and noodles dish gets its kick from Korean red chili powder, jalapenos, ginger, and chili oil.

Banana Blossom Thai Cafe

The West Bank provides some of the best Thai food in the area, Jimmy Cho dishes up hose favorites like a spicy clams appetizer or spicy basil trout entree.

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