Calling all spicy food lovers! Your [unofficial] Calgary spicy food guide is here.
Let's be honest here; Hot sauce can take almost any food from good to great with a few drops. From red hot chili peppers to habaneros, you'll never have a dull meal again. Calgary has quite a few restaurants that'll do the work for you. (And spare you the hot sauce in your bag.)
Mind you, spicy isn't for everyone. Some people do not do spice. So, I'll give you fair warning - if you prefer bland, slightly salted meals; this article isn't for you. Otherwise, if you want your mouth burning like the deepest pits of hell, read on, friends.
Note: Narcity will not be held responsible for any negative outcomes of eating at these delicious, but ever-so-spicy restaurants. May the odds be ever in your favour.
Nando's // 3333 32 Ave NE
Second location: 1029 17 Ave SW
Must-Try Spicy Dish: Extra Hot Chicken with PERi-PERi Fries
If you love chicken and want to taste some spice the Afro-Portuguese way, Nando's Flame-Grilled Chicken has got you covered. Their extra-hot chicken pairs beautifully with spiced PERi-PERi fries. This meal will have you begging for more. (Or a tall glass of water. Either way, they have both.)
Juliet's Castle // 440-16 Ave NE
Must-Try Spicy Dish: Suicide Wings.
Warning: these wings are totally killer. You know when restaurants tell you certain things on the menu are super spicy and they're really not that bad? Juliet's Castle isn't one of those places. Their Suicide Wings will have you crying, literally. This is a level of hot that water can't help. They don't call them suicide wings for nothing.
Han’s Restaurant // 116-303 Centre St SW
Must-Try Spicy Dish: Spicy Wontons
Piquante alert! The Spicy Wontons at Han's will be sure to send flames through your tastebuds. Han's has a menu full of deliciously spicy meals that will not disappoint. Definitely a spicy food lover must-visit.
Spices East Indian Dining // 445 - 200 Southridge Drive
Must-Try Spicy Dish: Beef Kofta
I'm sure you can tell by the name of this restaurant that they didn't come to play games. If you love spicy food, Spices will give you that and then some. This insanely delicious Indian Cuisine will absolutely satisfy any spicy craving. And that Beef Kofta is just the dish to get the job done.
Salt & Pepper Restaurante // 6515 Bowness Rd NW
Second Location: 1413 9th Avenue SE
Must-Try Spicy Dish: Fiesta Puerto Escondido
If you're looking for a spicy Mexican fiesta, head on over to Salt & Pepper Restaurante on Bowness Road! Their Fiesta Puerto Escondido is the perfect spicy dish for seafood lovers. Shrimp, mussels and hot sauce are the 3 best friends that anybody could have.
Tamarind Indian Cuisine // 610-1110 Panatella Blvd NW
Must-Try Spicy Dish: Beef Vindaloo
Tamarind Indian Cuisine can do no wrong when it comes to spice. They mean definitely business. Try out their Beef Vindaloo and curry dishes for a delicious, firey meal. Tamarind will surely bring the heat.
White Elephant Thai Cuisine // 1808 19 St NE
Must-Try Spicy Dish: Spicy Tom Yum Kai
If spicy Thai is your addiction, White Elephant Thai Cuisine is a great place to get your fix. Delicious spicy meals all through the menu! A yummy treat for an spicy food enthusiast.
Safari Grill // 255 28 St SE
Must-Try Spicy Dish: Afrique Mishkaki with Pili Pili Chips
Africans love their pili pili (hot pepper). If you're brave enough to have a spicy taste of Africa, treat yourself to a mouth-watering meal at Safari Grill on 28th St SE! With a menu full of spicy, flavourful dishes that'll have your tastebuds going insane - Safari Grill will definitely serve you that African heat.