There is something thrilling about food loaded with capsaicin: the immediate alarming of the senses, the tears, runny nose, and endorphins. From laziji to vindaloo, the scorching hot dishes found on this map span a range of cuisines and cultures made by chefs across the Portland Metro area. While Portland is home to a vast selection of spicy dishes, the ones featured on this map are noteworthy due to the sheer magnitude of heat — and creative culinary elements that make these dishes worth the potential pain. Please note that the dishes are not ranked, but listed geographically.
A number of Portland restaurants have resumed onsite service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More