The 10 Best Spicy Dishes in San Francisco

Kevin Henderson
You'll need an extra bottle of water to eat this.
Lemon-juice cleanses and detox teas, phthah. Some of us clear the system with the purging fire of chiles -- the scouring heat that ignites the lips, the jagged pain that descends from sinuses to diaphragm, the beads of sweat that form on swaths of skin we never knew had sweat glands.

San Francisco does not lack for sweat lodges of the gastronomic kind. The peppers that first made their way east on Portuguese and Spanish trading ships have circumnavigated the globe, returning to the city in the form of Korean stews, Thai salads, and North African condiments. After the jump, here are 10 of the best dishes that set multiple parts of our bodies aflame in 2011. A round of Tums for the house!

Jonathan Kauffman
1. Duck larb at Thai House Express

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Conrad Seeto
Conrad Seeto

I like Spices/II. I also like the Volcano curry at Volcano Kitchen.

Karl Wilder
Karl Wilder

Those are not the best, and many of them are not truly spicy. Check out Mission Chinese and some of the other spicy places.

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