On Food Network's Heat Seekers, chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking travel to San Diego, CA, to check out All-Pro Linebacker Junior Seau's restaurant, and they face a mean Atomic Ahi Poke that sets their taste buds on fire.
A neighborhood bar-restaurant in Nashville, Mad Donna's is known for a great brunch and solid drinks. After sifting through the many mac-and-cheese dishes on its menu, the Heat Seekers hosts chose the spicy Habanero. A glass of milk is right under it on the menu, so you have relief close at hand.
Roger Mooking and Aaron Sanchez track down heat on wheels in Charleston, SC, where the Hello My Name is BBQ Truck is offering a fiery Meatloaf Sandwich on the go. Made with jalapenos, spicy mayo, habanero hot sauce and barbecue bacon, it's "a proper sandwich" you don't want to miss.
For a bite of Jamaican heat, Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking trek to Aunt I's, named by the late owner's mother who knew "how to make a wicked jerk chicken." The recipe uses fiery Scotch bonnet peppers and allspice rub in every crevice. But the key to the popular oxtail stew remains a secret.
Crabby Bill's has been serving the Gulf Coast everything from blue crab to mahi mahi to steamer buckets for more than 30 years. But when Heat Seekers Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking visited, they turned up the spice with the volcano gator bites that come with a "deadly zing" ghost chili pepper mayo.
The Alligator Cafe promises an authentic Cajun menu. But as Heat Seekers Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking learned, they also turn up the heat with their Wicked Crawfish Enchiladas. It's cheesy, but the cocktail of ghost peppers and serrano peppers makes it one mean dish. Get ready to simma down now.
No forks necessary: Burgers, sandwiches and snacks keep things lively at LBS Burger Joint in the Red Rocks Casino Resort & Spa. In pursuit of hot-hot dishes, Heat Seekers hosts Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking staked out the Potato Twists, a one-of-a-kind variation on spicy, pepper-topped nachos.
Lindo Michoacan has been serving up authentic Mexican cuisine for more than 20 years. Dig into gourmet specialties like savory Buey Al Cilantro, cubed rib eye steak in verde sauce with onion, cilantro and tomatillos, or Camarone Borrachos, shrimp simmered in lemon juice, garlic and tequila.
Roger Mooking and Aaron Sanchez, of Food Network's Heat Seekers, visit QBBQ & Tequila in Philadelphia, PA, and survive to tell the tale after finishing off a rack of Hellfire Ribs covered in a housemade Hellfire Sauce.
This Nashville brewhouse serves hot, filling and hearty fare in large sizes perfect for feeding a hungry crowd, with a bountiful beer selection to go alongside. Roger and Aaron sampled the Diablo Pasta, linguine with sizzling chipotle sauce, jalapeno-cured bacon-wrapped shrimp and habanero chile.
This family-owned spot serves an unorthodox cheese steak — topped with jalapeno cheddar cheese, grilled onions and Buffalo sauce. "The Heater" will "bring sweat to your brow." On Heat Seekers, owner Denise Campo said that if you're in the mood for "hot and tangy," this sandwich is for you.
Heat lovers shouldn't miss the Mexican-Japanese fusion at this West Coast sushi bar. On Heat Seekers, Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking tasted the habanero-and-Sriracha-spiced Five-Star Roll, which arrives dressed with the signature "Shut Up Sauce" made with serranos, Thai chiles and lemon juice.
Feeling spicy? Try the chile-spiked oyster shooter, a "kicked-up" combination of oysters, horseradish and black pepper vodka. For dinner, there are plenty of mouthwatering, less spicy options, including lobster rolls, steamed littleneck clams in white wine and garlic, and grilled mahi mahi tacos.
A Santa Fe institution that's been serving up New Mexican cuisine for 40 years, Tomasita's is known for its red and green chile Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking recommend kicking up the heat with an order of Sopaipilla, a Mexican puff pastry stuffed with spicy pork and topped with red chile.
Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine is the brainchild of a multicultural husband and wife in St. Petersburg. To understand this culinary fusion, imagine Carnitas with Thai spices, Thai Peanut Chicken Tortilla Wraps, Chorizo Fried Rice and Curry Burritos. Willing souls can attempt the Inferno Soup Challenge.