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Food Critics: The Spiciest Food In Kansas City

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The science behind what makes spicy and hot foods hot we understand fairly well: the capsaicin in the seeds of the peppers tricks your brain into believing that your flesh is on fire. Why people have sought the sensation of burning may be harder to pin down, but undeniably the practice is present across the world. Hot peppers and spices can be found in almost every type of food in varying degrees.

On Friday's Central Standard we take a searing look at the places in and around Kansas City that serve the best and spiciest food. Here's a rundown of some of the ones we discussed during the show. Add your favorites to the comment section below.


New & Noteworthy:

  • Lemongrass, 7316 W. 80th St. Kansas City, MO
  • Kansas Town, 1403 W 39th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64111
  • Voltaire, 1617 Genessee St, Kansas City, MO 64102 
  • Scratch, 310 W.8th St Kansas City, MO 64105
  • Michael Forbes, Dinner ABC Cafe 10001 W. 87th Street
  • Poco’s, 3063 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
  • ABC Cafe, 10001 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212
  • Em Chamas Brazilian Grill, 6101 NW 63rd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64151
  • Los Alamos Market, 1667 Summit ST., Kansas City, MO 64108
  • The American, 200 E 25th St #400, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
  • Ca Va Champagne Bar, 4149 Pennsylvania Ave,Kansas City, MO 64111
  • The Presentation Room, 310 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64112


  • Emily Farris
  • Mary Bloch
  • Gloria Gale
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Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.