Finding Spicy Dishes

Spicy Sesame Ramen at Tajima
Spicy Sesame Ramen at Tajima

Just when we thought we were in the clear with perfect, summery weather, San Diego’s June Gloom strikes again this week! And since there is no sign of the sun showing itself in the foreseeable future, we recommend spicing things up with some of the city’s hottest dishes. From wings drenched in hot sauce to a decadent burger topped with serrano chilis, we’ve rounded up the spiciest of the spicy to heat things up during June Gloom.

Satisfying San Diego’s hunger for authentic Japanese cuisine and ramen, Tajima showcases a cozy menu with plenty of items perfect for dreary weather. Dive into a bowl of ramen, like the Spicy Sesame Ramen made with a spicy tonkotsu soup base, mixed with ground pork, bean sprouts, fried garlic chips, half a ramen egg, baby bok choy, green onions and Japanese seaweed. Tajima has locations across the city, from Convoy to East Village. Or if you don’t feel like leaving your home, have your meal delivered through Postmates!

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Farmer’s Table is a neighborhood eatery where locals and visitors can come together to enjoy honest food done right. Along with wood-fired pizzas and flatbreads, salads, sandwiches and an array of scrumptious entrées, Farmer’s Table also serves appetizers like their Duck Wings, served with a spicy, jalapeñotangerine sauce. If the spice from this tasty starter doesn’t wipe away your June Gloom, nothing will!

Louisiana Purchase is the talk of the town and it doesn’t get much spicier than Chef Q’s Crab Fingers, smothered in a sriracha lime butter sauce! Chef Q relocated from New Orleans to be at the helm of the kitchen for this North Park spot, dedicated to serving only the best seasonal ingredients and big, bold flavors from the region. The Crawfish Monica Ribeye, a 14 oz. cast ironed seared ribeye with Nola’s famous spicy crawfish cream sauce is another must-try menu item.

barleymash is the Gaslamp District’s high-energy, go-to spot for appetizing and progressive bar fare. During June Gloom, it only makes sense to liven things up by stopping in to barleymash for lunch or dinner! And if you love a little bit of heat, The Volcano is right up your alley. A grilled beef patty smothered in cream cheese, roasted serranoes, salsa fresca, crispy tobacco onions and a tequila-cilantro aioli, this burger comes on a homemade barley-beer bun with your choice of house fries or green papaya-jicama slaw.

Little Italy’s Cloak & Petal invites guests to feast on authentic sushi, appetizers, and small plates in the intimate and trendy dining spot. If the bright and colorful cocktails don’t help pull you out of a June Gloom funk, try the spicy Hamachi Jalapeño with yellowtail, ponzu, yuzu and cilantro. Pair with the subtly spicy Shotgun, a cocktail created with a blend of brown rice tea infused reposado tequila.

Jalisco Cantina, located in Oceanside, is named for an area of central-coastal Mexico that is rich with picturesque landscape and rolling hills, filled with blue agave plants. During this dreary, overcast weather, plan a trip up to Jalisco to dine and drink with warm, welcoming people who embrace fresh ingredients in each dish. Opt for the sharable Spicy Shrimp Guacamole, a delicious mix of avocado, jalapeño puree, lime, poblano, cilantro, cotija and tostada.