Heat Seekers Showcases San Diego Spicy Side

The Food Network’s Heat Seekers visit San Diego

On Monday, January 30, Food Network stars Aarón Sánchez and Roger Mooking share some of San Diego’s spiciest dishes on Heat Seekers, a show dedicated to tracking down the spiciest, hottest dishes around the country. With just one episode in San Diego, the chefs of course can’t cover everything, so here are our picks for San Diego’s top 5 spiciest creations for those who can’t get enough of the hot stuff:

  1. Yakisoba at Stone World Bistro & Gardens: Another entry of Japanese noodles, this stir fry packs some serious flavor with dark sesame oil, soy, ginger, pepper flakes, and cashews. It can be ordered mild or spicy, and the chefs have been known to take “spicy” requests as a challenge. Also try the Spicy Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry with the Thai chiles added for an adventure way up in the Scoville Scale.
  2. Ghost Chili Sauce at UnderBelly: This ramen-centric hot spot has been packing in visitors since opening in November, but their spicy secret weapon isn’t listed on the menu. If you want some extra kick to your noodles, ask for their ghost chili sauce. But be warned – use it sparingly!
  3. Deer Hunter Wings at Hamilton’s Tavern: The tavern known for its extensive craft beer selection has also built a legend around its mouth-numbing wings. Their Volcano wings are made with habanero and Thai chiles, as well as the fearsome bhut joloka pepper. The Deer Hunter amps it up a notch by turning wing eating into a game of Russian roulette, with each order comprising 9 Volcano wings and one extra hot wing that they guarantee will ruin your day.
  4. The Butt BomberTM at Analog: If you can get past the name, you’ll get 4 layers of “totchos” (those would be tater tots, served nacho-style) topped with hot chilaquiles sauce, sour cream, 4 fried eggs, jalapeño relish, sliced tomatoes and 3 whole habanero peppers.
  5. Chipotle Brews from San Diego’s craft brewers: Have you noticed how well beer pairs with spicy food? And in a city known for being one of the country’s best craft beer destinations, you just know our local brewers have been experimenting with pepper-infused creations. Stone Brewing Co., Manzanita Brewing Company, Ballast Point and AleSmith have all released chipotle brews in the past, so stop in to one of San Diego’s many brewpubs to see what’s on tap these days. (You can sometimes find Manzainta’s “Where’s the Smoke” spicy craft brew in a bomber at local stores)

Have we missed any of your favorite spicy San Diego favorites? Tune in to the Food Network at 8:00 pm on January 30 to see what Aarón Sánchez and Roger Mooking had to say!

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately.

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5 thoughts on “Heat Seekers Showcases San Diego Spicy Side

  1. you guyz are amazing. me i love spicy food nd im only 13 i have tried spicy foods from all over the world nd i still have to try the 7 alarm hot wingz ill try them one day and im sure i will LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Why not more cayenne and tabasco peppers? I love heat, but I like it to be a nice clean burn. The chipotle and jalapeno just have too much of an aftertaste for my liking.


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