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Heat Map: 18 Seattle Spots for Spicy Dishes

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From the looks of our last Friday Open Threads on where to find the spiciest dishes in the Seattle area, it's clear that many readers don't have a problem with spice, throwing caution to the wind that usually cries something like, "Seattleites don't like heat, blah blah blah" and opting for the highest number on the scoville scale (well, maybe not quite).

Take note naysayers, because according to this roundup, there are some heat seekers that know just where to go for a sweat-inducing/enticing meal. Whether it's an entire dish or the hot sauce that accompanies it, here is a map (in alphabetical order) of 18 spots with a spark, including reader comments. Remember, this is a crowdsourced-generated map. Not happy with it? Make sure you chime in next time. Or, feel free to leave your two-cents it in the comments.

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Araya's

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"This vegetarian Thai restaurant in the U-District does pretty spicy stuff. My husband loves insanely spicy food and was impressed. They go over 4 stars for sure."

Bahn Thai

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"They're serious about their spice here, but the trick is, you have to ask for it. Let them know you're serious if you want HEAT and they'll bring it. Otherwise, you might be disappointed, as the servers tend to downplay the spice to appease the majority of the spice-intolerant crowd."

[Photo: General C./Yelp]

Bamboo Garden - Bellevue

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"Many spicy dishes here, including swimming fire fish. I always ask them to make it spicier than what they serve their regulars."

[Photo: Rain W./Yelp]

Chili's Deli

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"Seems everyone raves about the masala dosa, but the goat curry is authentic, fresh, and spicy. You won't be disappointed."

[Photo: Lolia S./Yelp]

Dixie's BBQ

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In the Bowl Vegetarian Noodle Bistro

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"This place is spicier than most Thai restaurants in Seattle. I usually get 4/5 stars in my curry, but I went for 3/5 at In the Bowl and it knocked my socks off!"

[Photo: Benjamin H./Yelp]

La Isla

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"The Isla de Fuego camarones, which are prawns served with a sauce made with both habanero and jalapeño. Ouch."

[Photo: Ian S./Yelp]

"One of the spiciest rolls I've eaten in Seattle is the Hotter Than Hell roll. It's got habanero masago AND truffle oil. Holy, hell. And don't think beer is going to help cool down your mouth."

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Noodle Boat

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"The spice here is no joke! I don't know how far up the star-level goes here, but I watched my friend eat a dish that was 10-stars, while I was sweating head-to-toe with my six-star dinner."

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Pecos Pit BBQ

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"Order your favorite style of BBQ sandwich (pulled pork, sliced beef, etc.) and get the Hot BBQ sauce and also Spike it (slice of spicy sausage). The Hot BBQ is not the run of the mill meek hot sauce. It's flaming hot. It's quite the juxtaposition as you sit on one of their picnic tables sweating on a cold and overcast day."

[Photo: Russell L./Yelp]

Pestle Rock Isan Thai Cuisine

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"I ate dinner here in tears after ordering their catfish dish. It had some chili seeds in it, which made it very hot. I know they don't ask what star/spiciness level you want, because they want to keep the dishes authentic."

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Safari Restaurant

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"The dishes here already have significant spice, but the hot sauce is the sweet (hot?) spot for spice lovers!!"

[Photo: Carla J./Yelp]

Sunset Alehouse

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"Anything with the Three Chili Silly sauce at the Sunset Alehouse in Issaquah! Wow! Hot but flavorful!"

[Photo: Larry S./Yelp]

Szechuan Chef

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"The pickled pepper chicken at Szechuan Chef in Bellevue is mind numbingly hot."

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Taste of India

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"Madras chili masala at the highest level at Taste of India. Carry a towel to wipe the sweat."

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Thai Siam Restaurant

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"I love the food here. Having traveled to Thailand several times, where I got addicted to their spicy dishes that flavored the food and didn't just mask it with heat, I find the 4-star spice level at Thai Siam quite sufficient."

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Viengthong

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"The papaya salad (som tum) with lemon juice and chili. That stuff is legit!"

[Photo: Jacquie L./Yelp]

Wing Dome

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"The 7-alarm wings will make you cry."

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Araya's

"This vegetarian Thai restaurant in the U-District does pretty spicy stuff. My husband loves insanely spicy food and was impressed. They go over 4 stars for sure."

Bahn Thai

"They're serious about their spice here, but the trick is, you have to ask for it. Let them know you're serious if you want HEAT and they'll bring it. Otherwise, you might be disappointed, as the servers tend to downplay the spice to appease the majority of the spice-intolerant crowd."

[Photo: General C./Yelp]

Bamboo Garden - Bellevue

"Many spicy dishes here, including swimming fire fish. I always ask them to make it spicier than what they serve their regulars."

[Photo: Rain W./Yelp]

Chili's Deli

"Seems everyone raves about the masala dosa, but the goat curry is authentic, fresh, and spicy. You won't be disappointed."

[Photo: Lolia S./Yelp]

Dixie's BBQ

[Photo: Bellevue Patch]

In the Bowl Vegetarian Noodle Bistro

"This place is spicier than most Thai restaurants in Seattle. I usually get 4/5 stars in my curry, but I went for 3/5 at In the Bowl and it knocked my socks off!"

[Photo: Benjamin H./Yelp]

La Isla

"The Isla de Fuego camarones, which are prawns served with a sauce made with both habanero and jalapeño. Ouch."

[Photo: Ian S./Yelp]

Momiji

"One of the spiciest rolls I've eaten in Seattle is the Hotter Than Hell roll. It's got habanero masago AND truffle oil. Holy, hell. And don't think beer is going to help cool down your mouth."

[Photo: S. Pratt]

Noodle Boat

"The spice here is no joke! I don't know how far up the star-level goes here, but I watched my friend eat a dish that was 10-stars, while I was sweating head-to-toe with my six-star dinner."

[Photo: The Stranger]

Pecos Pit BBQ

"Order your favorite style of BBQ sandwich (pulled pork, sliced beef, etc.) and get the Hot BBQ sauce and also Spike it (slice of spicy sausage). The Hot BBQ is not the run of the mill meek hot sauce. It's flaming hot. It's quite the juxtaposition as you sit on one of their picnic tables sweating on a cold and overcast day."

[Photo: Russell L./Yelp]

Pestle Rock Isan Thai Cuisine

"I ate dinner here in tears after ordering their catfish dish. It had some chili seeds in it, which made it very hot. I know they don't ask what star/spiciness level you want, because they want to keep the dishes authentic."

[Photo: S. Pratt]

Safari Restaurant

"The dishes here already have significant spice, but the hot sauce is the sweet (hot?) spot for spice lovers!!"

[Photo: Carla J./Yelp]

Sunset Alehouse