959 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Forget KFC. When you have a hankering for a chicken sandwich, this Ukrainian Village restaurant should be at the top of your list. While the restaurant has a mild version of the chicken sandwich, if you want it spicy hot, opt for the “Nashville Hot,” and hot it is. The spice and heat is a wonderful kick, which is only slightly tamed by the delicious biscuit bun (buttermilk buns are also available). Fried chicken tenders are also available in a hot spicy variety as well.
3332 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
While many Asian restaurants have a certain amount of spice and kick to their dishes, Pho’s Thai Cuisine in Lakeview takes their spice game to a whole new level. With authentic ingredients like oyster sauce, sea salt and soy sauce, it’s also quite traditional. Everything is made to order and just about everything is designed to be hot and spicy. With that said, take your pick on the heat/spice scale. You literally can tell them what level of spice you want. But don’t say we didn’t warn you: even medium at Pho’s is incredibly spicy.
41 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611
This Near North bar offers all sorts of bar food on theimenu, and chicken wings are a big part of that. While the bar has got mild and hot for the general population palate, its takes its wings to a whole new game with its XXX wings. To order these, you need to have a strong stomach, and you need to sign a waiver. That’s because the wings are made with not just habanero and ghost pepper but also the recently deemed hottest pepper in the world, trinidad scorpion pepper. But if you can stomach these wings, you’ll find yourself immortalized on the Wall of Flame.
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2047 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Lots of places in Chicago serve burgers, but only one serves “The Hell” burger, and that’s the Fifty/50 in Chicago’s Wicker Park. Among the restaurant’s range of tame (although just as delicious with fabulous toppings) burgers, you’ll find one burger that tops them all in the spice/heat factor. Toppings are what make this burger burning hot; it comes with habanero salsa, as well as roasted jalapenos with seeds, and Fifty/50 sauce made in house. As if that wasn’t enough heat, the pepperjack cheese adds even more kick. While it’s somewhat tamed by the brioche bun, it’s crazy hot, and as the menu says, there’s no refunds if you think it’s too hot!
112 N. Green St.
Chicago, IL 60607
This isn’t your college dorm room ramen; after all it comes from the same guys who started Au Cheval. High Five Ramen is a popular spot with little seating and no takeout, so do expect to wait when you go. But it’s worth whatever wait there is for this salty and spicy ramen dish. Help beat the heat with a sip or two of their slushie cocktails too.
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