Warm Up with Some Spicy Foods in the D

By: Michael Fossbakk | December 23, 2016

It’s official. Winter is here and it’s kicking our proverbial behinds. For all the complaining Michiganders do during the winter season, there are plenty of ways we can think of to warm up and fill your stomach at the same time. One way: spicy food. When we said “warm up,” we really meant, “Put your taste buds through the ringer and leave them sobbing for a cold glass of milk that’s been chilled in the cold weather outside we so desperately have been trying to escape.”

Metro Detroit may be cold in the winter, but these dishes are spicy all year long.

Orchid Thai

Found on Monroe Street in Detroit, Orchid Thai has an eclectic menu of traditional Thai and other Asian dishes. When it comes to how spicy their food comes, Orchid Thai recommends dialing your usual preference back a notch or two and then adding additional spices to your food yourself. There are plenty of traditional fried rice, curry and noodle dishes to choose from, in addition to several chef’s specials.

Bucharest Grill

Here’s a bit of a curveball, but trust us here. Bucharest Grill in Detroit, known not only for their shawarma but their gourmet hot dogs, too, has a hot dog known as The 1920 Red Hot. It may not sound like much (a hot dog served on a sesame seed bun with spicy mustard), but that spicy mustard is definitely one that will tango with your taste buds. At just four bucks, you might be inclined to get two, but if this is your first rodeo, give one a try before you decide to go in for a second beating.

Motor City Brewing Works

Motor City Brewing Works is best known for its craft beer, but this Detroit brewery also serves up delicious brick oven pizza and we have our eye on one in particular: the Sopla Fuego. Using habanero sauce, anejo queso, chorizo sausage, red onions and jalapeno peppers, this fiery pizza is topped with sour cream, cilantro and a hint of lime. If one slice breaks your personal Scoville scale, rest easy knowing the taps are always flowing.

Red Smoke Barbeque

Located in Greektown, Red Smoke Barbeque can be found in a historic two-story building on Monroe Street. When it comes to kicking up the heat at this barbeque, go for the Red Smoke sauce. It contains habanero and jalapeno peppers and should be applied to any of Red Smoke’s delicious barbeque meals if you’re looking for a punch of added flavor. Red Smoke also makes mean jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins, a spicy complement to any meal.