Heat-seekers will find no shortage of spicy food in Kansas City, from more approachable dishes that liven up your meal to outrageously hot sauces that knock your socks off no matter how many times you try them.
Quarter Bird at Mother Clucker
Head to Parlor, the Crossroads Arts District’s resident food hall, to try Mother Clucker, a Nashville hot chicken concept with six different heat options. For true spice heads, order the quarter bird (breast and wing or leg and thigh) at the “What the Cluck” level—the pop-up’s hottest flavor.
Death Nectar Wings at Grinders
The name says it all with this dish. Whether ordering the half (six pieces) or the full (12 pieces), beware: as the Grinders menu reads, “It will blow your mind and burn off a few taste buds.” If that kind of talk appeals to you, then these wings are a match made in heat heaven.
Jerk Ribs at Mesob
Mesob expertly blends Ethiopian and Jamaican offerings for diners of discerning tastes. Try out the jerk short ribs, which come sauced with a homemade jerk rum sauce—which touts just the right amount of heat for lovers of Caribbean cuisine.
Blazing Wok Bowl at Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop
Almost any dish at this Crossroads hub can be elevated with the “blazing” heat selection, but the blazing wok bowl at Lulu’s takes it to an even hotter level thanks to a spicy combination of jalapenos and red bell peppers prepared with wide rice noodles and other tasty ingredients.
Yesiga Tibs at Blue Nile Café
Habanero Chicken at Mission Taco Joint
Spicy Dan Dan Noodles at Columbus Park Ramen Shop
Sichuan peppercorn sauce and chili oil star in this Columbus Park Ramen Shop dish, which also features minced pork, sesame, thick noodles, gai lan and more, making it a formidably hot and delicious meal. Want to take it up a notch? Add a house-made chili bomb for just $1.