New England clam chowder and baked beans may not be very spicy foods, but have no fear, Boston is home to restaurants serving up incredible spice! An increasingly global city, Boston has restaurants with Mexican, Thai, Indian and Korean influences, all of which are known for heat and flavor! So get your palettes ready to be blown away by these five great spicy food restaurants in the greater Boston area.
297 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Naco Taco is one of the summer’s trendiest destinations for spicy food. This unique restaurant concept bridges food truck and traditional restaurant dining into one for a casual, outdoor experience. They use quality ingredients and unique recipes to make the almost-ubiquitous taco come to life. Some of Naco Taco’s best spicy fare includes watermelon jalapeno gazpacho, lengua (fried beef tongue) taco and of course the picante margarita, which features jalapeno-infused tequila.
145 First St.
Cambridge, MA 02142
Thai food blends sweet, savory and spicy magically into single dishes. Similans in East Cambridge is one of Boston’s favorites for Thai food. The pad thai is fantastic, but to get a little more spice, try the country pad thai, which is simply a spicy take on the traditional favorite. Want to up the spice game even more? The drunken noodles are no joke. The dish tastes delicious, but be warned, it will also have you breaking out in a sweat in no time!
635 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02141
Lonestar Taco is another top notch Tex-Mex restaurant in the area. Here, make sure to order the diablo margarita, the spice is just subdued enough to drink while still feeling a nice burn. The spiciest taco on the menu is probably the Dallas Spicy Beef, which comes with mushrooms and chilis and is one of the restaurant’s most popular menu items. And, if you want to make any of your food a bit more challenging, a side of house made pickled jalapenos is available for just $1.50!
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279 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
Indian cuisine is another type of food known for bringing the heat. Boston doesn’t have tons of Indian restaurants, but the ones that do exist are fantastic; the best of which is Kashmir on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. Kashmir is conveniently located and has ample outdoor seating, which is great in such a picturesque neighborhood. As for spicy dishes, the Kashmir chefs can work to your preferences. The restaurant has a whole menu of curry dishes that can be ordered on a scale: regular, medium spicy, hot and spicy or extremely hot!
123 Brighton Ave #300
Allston, MA 02134
No list of spicy cuisines is complete without including Korean barbeque! Bon Chon is Boston’s best bet for spicy chicken. Chicken dishes can be ordered with delicious spicy sauce made with gochugaru, a traditionally made pepper powder. Or if you prefer a wasabi kind of spice, Bon Chon has a great sushi menu with all of the refreshing wasabi you could want. Bon Chon has two locations in greater Boston, one in Allston and one in Harvard Square, so there is no need to travel too far to get your hands on some deliciously spicy Korean barbeque.
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