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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Boswell's Jamaican Grill

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3521 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6600
Boswell's will hook you up with spicy jerked meats and seafood, extra jerk sauce, and a spicy beef patty for good measure.

2. bourrée

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1510 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 510-4040
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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.

3. Gene's Poboys and Daiquiris

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2199 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 943-3861
Hot sausage poboy in the hot pink corner poboy shop that's open 24 hours.

4. Liuzza's By The Track

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1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 218-7888
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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.

5. Rum House

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3128 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 941-7560
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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.

6. Lilly's Cafe

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1813 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 599-9999
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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7. Boucherie

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8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-5514
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Get your spice on in the dessert course, with Boucherie's Thai Chili Chocolate Chess Pie.

8. Compère Lapin

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535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
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.

9. Jung's Golden Dragon II

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3009 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 887-6081
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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.

10. Cajun Seafood

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2730 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 821-4722
Don't mess around - go straight here for the spiciest crawfish.

11. Johnny Sánchez NOLA

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Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 304-6615
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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.

12. Pêche

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800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-1744
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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.

13. Banana Blossom Thai Cafe

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2112 Belle Chasse Hwy
Terrytown, LA 70056
(504) 392-7530
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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.

1. Boswell's Jamaican Grill

3521 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Boswell's will hook you up with spicy jerked meats and seafood, extra jerk sauce, and a spicy beef patty for good measure.
3521 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

2. bourrée

1510 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
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.
1510 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Gene's Poboys and Daiquiris

2199 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122
Hot sausage poboy in the hot pink corner poboy shop that's open 24 hours.
2199 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

4. Liuzza's By The Track

1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119
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.
1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Rum House

3128 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
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.
3128 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Lilly's Cafe

1813 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
ENOLA
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.
1813 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Boucherie

8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Get your spice on in the dessert course, with Boucherie's Thai Chili Chocolate Chess Pie.
8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118

8. Compère Lapin

535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Jung's Golden Dragon II

3009 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
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.
3009 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Cajun Seafood

2730 S Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70125
Don't mess around - go straight here for the spiciest crawfish.
2730 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70125

11. Johnny Sánchez NOLA

Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112
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.
Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

12. Pêche

800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The seafood palace's spicy ground shrimp and noodles dish gets its kick from Korean red chili powder, jalapenos, ginger, and chili oil.
800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Banana Blossom Thai Cafe

2112 Belle Chasse Hwy, Terrytown, LA 70056
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.
2112 Belle Chasse Hwy
Terrytown, LA 70056

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