This neighborhood pub with a nostalgic, '70s vibe is a Seattle favorite for American fare with a twist. Kick up your breakfast with the Bloody Joe: eggs poached in a habanero pepper and bloody Mary mix, served over cheesy grits. Aaron Sanchez calls the dish "not only flavorful but has great spice."
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.
Chef Peter McAndrews blends French, African and Sicilian flavors at this Italian spot, which offers seasonal dishes with fresh seafood and housemade pastas. On Heat Seekers, Aaron Sanchez tried their harissa, a "deep, earthy" North African chile paste that goes into many of the dishes on the menu.
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.
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.
The Hell Burger at Rooster's Roadhouse is so hot you'll need to sign a waiver before chomping down on this slider. Roger Mooking and Aarón Sánchez did, yet even these Heat Seeker pros reached for the ice cream. Luckily, Rooster also offers less-spicy barbecue, like pulled pork nachos.
Diggity Doughnuts began in 2010 when owner Ambergre Sloan embarked on a mission to build a better doughnut. She quickly caught the eye of Heat Seekers hosts Roger Mooking and Aaron Sanchez, who called her spicy peanut butter and Sriracha combo "spectacular."
Pair the signature smoked chicken wings, sliders or tacos with three housemade sauces for a smoky, satisfying meal. For adventurous heat seekers, Chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking recommend the nachos topped with "death relish" -- a combination of ghost peppers, jalapenos and habaneros.
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.
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.
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.
Stop by Scoreboard for a full serving of sports and a devilish dose of "hot chicken" that will "blow your ears off," as Roger and Aaron experienced on Heat Seekers with Tennessee Titans safety Jordan Babineaux. The fiery chicken comes in multiple temperatures, from "sissy" to "Satan's Tongue."
Music and food go hand in hand at this cozy Southern soul food joint and music venue. Chef Keith Hicks serves steak, seafood and comfort food dishes like habanero-spiced Flash-Fried "Skrimpz," Texas-style Chicken "Wangs," and shrimp and grits topped with a fried egg to enjoy over live entertainment.
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.
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.