Some Like it Hot and Spicy

Spicy Sesame Ramen at Tajima in San Diego
Spicy Sesame Ramen

International Hot and Spicy Food Day, on January 16th, is a day your taste buds will tingle, a day where heat-seekers and those who love to spice up their meals with peppers and chilis can celebrate to their heart’s content. But even if you aren’t normally a spicy food lover, there are plenty of dishes around San Diego that offer varying levels of heat. From tasty tacos to pizzas topped with zesty sauces, here are some of the best spots to spice things up!

Satisfying San Diego’s hunger for authentic Japanese cuisine and ramen, Tajima boasts a comforting menu with plenty of spicy items to enjoy on January 16th. Start with a serving of Kimchi, spicy and sour pickled napa cabbage, before diving into a hearty bowl of ramen, like the Spicy Sesame Ramen. This delectable bowl consists of a spicy tonkotsu soup base with sesame paste, ground pork, bean sprouts, fried garlic chips, half a ramen egg, baby bok choy, green onions and Japanese seaweed. Tajim a has locations across the city, from Hillcrest to East Village!

Woodstock’s Pizza is known for their fresh toppings, savory sauce and premium mozzarella cheese, so why not check out their El Cajon Boulevard or Pacific Beach location on International Hot and Spicy Food Day?! Try the Sriracha-Cha, made with creamy Sriracha sauce, crispy bacon, juicy pineapple and freshgreen onions topped with a spicy Sriracha swirl. Woodstock’s also allows guests to customize their own pies with delicious crusts, sauces such as creamy sriracha and zesty red sauce, and plenty of toppings, like jalapeños.

Stop into any of The Taco Stand’s four San Diego locations – in North Park, Encinitas, downtown or La Jolla – to taste authentic bites inspired by the many stands in Tijuana. Handmade corn tortillas, top grade meats and fresh ingredients can be enjoyed on each taco, including the Camaron, or spicy shrimp. Grilled shrimp, cheese, avocado, cabbage, tomato and chipotle sauce make up this menu item that has just the slightest kick. So next time you’re looking to spice up your lunch or dinner, make your way into The Taco Stand!

With multiple locations across Southern California and Nevada, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza is a great place to celebrate International Hot and Spicy Food Day. From fresh gourmet salads, like the Spicy Thai Grilled Chicken with julienned carrots and zucchini, tomatoes, peanuts, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint and Thai dressing, to award-winning pizzas loaded with flavor, Sammy’s has spicy dishes for all taste buds. We highly recommend the Spicy Italian Sausage pizza, with fresh organic oregano and house-made tomato sauce.

Good, fresh, cooked-to-order food is what Bub’s at the Beach has been about since first opening in PB, and that truly shows as you glance through the extensive menu. From appetizers to sandwiches, salads to burgers, Bub’s has it all, including famous grilled wings. The beach bar has sold over five million to date and if you really want to bring the heat, order any of their four hot wings; Honey Habanero, Archie Habanero, Carolina Habanero or a Mango Habanero.

As a newcomer to the Hillcrest neighborhood, Natural Style Chicken has already made quite the name for itself in the Point Loma community. Open for lunch and dinner, guests can choose from a selection of naturally prepared chicken dishes, hearty sides and combo specials. The restaurant’s Chicken Teriyaki plate, which comes with your choice of two sides, packs just the slightest spice, ideal for those looking to keep things tame on International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Those who are a little more adventurous should opt for the Kimchi Fried Rice.