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.
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.
In Old Town San Diego, spacious Cafe Coyote boasts Spanish architecture, an outdoor courtyard with a fountain, traditional music, and authentic Mexican food. As a certified Tequila House, the Cantina at Cafe Coyote knows its drinks, and dishes like Carne Asada and Carnitas are big favorites.
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.
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.
For authentic Creole food and the hottest hot sauces in New Orleans, head to this "world-famous" cafe and store. Sample 16 different sauces on the "Walk of Flame," then order the signature spicy gumbo, which Roger Mooking and Aaron Sanchez kicked up with spoonfuls of their World Famous Voodoo 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you're looking for Cajun cooking in downtown Chicago, head to Heaven on Seven. The Southern-style food with a twist has been pleasing locals for more than 20 years. Try the Voodoo Shrimp, which Aaron Sanchez says is "packed with flavor," or the Hot As a Mutha pasta made with habanero peppers.
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.