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Readers Vote: The 11 Best Spicy Dishes in the Twin Cities

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Last week, we asked for the best spicy dishes in the Twin Cities. The answers came pouring into the comments, the tipline, and Twitter, ranging from two kinds of chili to a whole lot of ethnic dishes to a spicy cocktail. So, without further ado, here are the 11 best spicy dishes in the Twin Cities, as voted by you, the readers.

Did we miss your favorite spicy dish? Let us know in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lone Spur Grill and Bar

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11032 Cedar Lake Rd
Minnetonka, MN
(952) 540-0181
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Commenter Paul Maki writes: "At least once a winter I need some Bola Red Chili from Lone Spur in Minnetonka. Fiery hot, Texas-style chili with great chunks of brisket. It may not be subtle, but it sure is hot!"

2. Best of India

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8120 Minnetonka Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 935-2320
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A reader writes into the tipline: "eBst spicy dish is the Chana Masala (chickpea masala) at the Best of India in St. Louis Park. Their 'medium' heat sends most people into an endorphin overdrive. It's not just the heat though - in my opinion they serve the best Indian food in the city and it's not even close. I'll take them over Namaste or Ghorka Palace any day of the week. Their food is complex and consistently well executed."

3. Wakame Sushi & Asian Bistro

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3070 Excelsior Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(612) 886-2484
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A reader writes into the tipline: "My favorite spicy dish in the Twin Cities is the Pad Thai at Wakame in St. Louis Park. Diners choose what level of spice they prefer. You can also add tofu, beef, chicken or shrimp. It's the perfect combination of sweet and spicy!"

4. Szechuan Spice

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3016 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 353-4281
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Commenter Whiskey & Bagels writes: "The Big Bowl at Szechuan Spice is not only a gigantic bowl of deliciousness, but it's made with some kind of Szechuan chili that really packs a punch. When I want a spicy meal this is my first thought. Not just hot but flavorful."

5. Namaste Cafe

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2512 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 827-2496
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RazorClamz comments: "Honestly, ANY of the curries at Namaste Cafe. Spice level 5 and a side of their habañero chutney will not only have you reaching for the water, but the tissues as well. Serious spice without ever compromising the incredible flavor. My personal favorites are the creamy masala, hot and tangy lamb, and goan coconut fish."

6. Krung Thep Thai

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2523 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 874-7721
A reader writes into the tipline: "I love the spicy but fresh crunch of Krungthep's Thai papaya salad that immediately makes you reach for water even though you know it won't help you. "

7. Brasa Premium Rotisserie

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600 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3030
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Commenter meezownplace writes: "Brasa in NE's new Green Chili is excellent - I don't think anyone is executing chili as well in town. It's very well-balanced and bright. The tomatillos bring a bit of sweetness that compliment the building heat from the 5 peppers used. The perfectly-tender pork shoulder doesn't hurt, either. It finishes with a nice vinegar tang paired with the crème fraiche garnish, it's a winter dish I could eat every damned day."

8. The Strip Club

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378 Maria Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55106
(651) 793-6247
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A reader writes into the tipline with a creative take on spicy dish - The Strip Club's famous spicy cocktail, the Cobra Kai (Kilo Kai Rum, habañero bitters, and house-made sour).

9. Harry Singh's Carribean Restaurant

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2653 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 729-6181
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A reader writes into the tipline: "Harry Singh's Jerk Chicken Roti is no joke. The soft roti bread, chicken, and veggies looks comforting but even a few bites, with or without the extra hot sauce, are going to make you sweat. "

10. Supatra's Thai Cuisine

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967 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-5859
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A reader writes into the tipline: "Green curry at Supatra's on W. 7th. Whenever the mood for spicy hits, I end up there."

11. Little Szechuan

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422 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(651) 222-1333
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St. Paul By Tricycle (@StPaulByTricycl) tweeted a response at us for the fish fillet and tofu in "spicy, tasty broth" at St. Paul's Little Szechuan.

1. Lone Spur Grill and Bar

11032 Cedar Lake Rd, Minnetonka, MN
Commenter Paul Maki writes: "At least once a winter I need some Bola Red Chili from Lone Spur in Minnetonka. Fiery hot, Texas-style chili with great chunks of brisket. It may not be subtle, but it sure is hot!"
11032 Cedar Lake Rd
Minnetonka, MN

2. Best of India

8120 Minnetonka Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55426
A reader writes into the tipline: "eBst spicy dish is the Chana Masala (chickpea masala) at the Best of India in St. Louis Park. Their 'medium' heat sends most people into an endorphin overdrive. It's not just the heat though - in my opinion they serve the best Indian food in the city and it's not even close. I'll take them over Namaste or Ghorka Palace any day of the week. Their food is complex and consistently well executed."
8120 Minnetonka Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55426

3. Wakame Sushi & Asian Bistro

3070 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
A reader writes into the tipline: "My favorite spicy dish in the Twin Cities is the Pad Thai at Wakame in St. Louis Park. Diners choose what level of spice they prefer. You can also add tofu, beef, chicken or shrimp. It's the perfect combination of sweet and spicy!"
3070 Excelsior Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416

4. Szechuan Spice

3016 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Commenter Whiskey & Bagels writes: "The Big Bowl at Szechuan Spice is not only a gigantic bowl of deliciousness, but it's made with some kind of Szechuan chili that really packs a punch. When I want a spicy meal this is my first thought. Not just hot but flavorful."
3016 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

5. Namaste Cafe

2512 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
RazorClamz comments: "Honestly, ANY of the curries at Namaste Cafe. Spice level 5 and a side of their habañero chutney will not only have you reaching for the water, but the tissues as well. Serious spice without ever compromising the incredible flavor. My personal favorites are the creamy masala, hot and tangy lamb, and goan coconut fish."
2512 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405

6. Krung Thep Thai

2523 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
A reader writes into the tipline: "I love the spicy but fresh crunch of Krungthep's Thai papaya salad that immediately makes you reach for water even though you know it won't help you. "
2523 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

7. Brasa Premium Rotisserie

600 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Commenter meezownplace writes: "Brasa in NE's new Green Chili is excellent - I don't think anyone is executing chili as well in town. It's very well-balanced and bright. The tomatillos bring a bit of sweetness that compliment the building heat from the 5 peppers used. The perfectly-tender pork shoulder doesn't hurt, either. It finishes with a nice vinegar tang paired with the crème fraiche garnish, it's a winter dish I could eat every damned day."
600 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

8. The Strip Club

378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
A reader writes into the tipline with a creative take on spicy dish - The Strip Club's famous spicy cocktail, the Cobra Kai (Kilo Kai Rum, habañero bitters, and house-made sour).
378 Maria Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55106

9. Harry Singh's Carribean Restaurant

2653 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
A reader writes into the tipline: "Harry Singh's Jerk Chicken Roti is no joke. The soft roti bread, chicken, and veggies looks comforting but even a few bites, with or without the extra hot sauce, are going to make you sweat. "
2653 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

10. Supatra's Thai Cuisine

967 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102
A reader writes into the tipline: "Green curry at Supatra's on W. 7th. Whenever the mood for spicy hits, I end up there."
967 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102

11. Little Szechuan

422 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103
St. Paul By Tricycle (@StPaulByTricycl) tweeted a response at us for the fish fillet and tofu in "spicy, tasty broth" at St. Paul's Little Szechuan.
422 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55103

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