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    * Amigo's (Mexican)
      Altamonte Springs, Winter Park (and other locations)
      They will "heat" up your food upon request!
      From: Myron Menaker, myronm@bellsouth.net
      Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998

    * J.B.'s Fish Camp (Indian)
      South of New Smyrna Beach
      Be sure to try the rock shrimp, and ask for "Jungle Juice" for dipping!
      From: Myron Menaker, myronm@bellsouth.net
      Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999

    * Mexican Connection (Mexican)
      in New Smyrna Beach.
      Good (not great)
      From: Myron Menaker, myronm@bellsouth.net
      Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999

    * Mr. Dunderbek's Deli
      Volusia Mall
      Best selection of hot sauces. Randy bought them out a few months ago, but they probably have replenished their stock!
      From: Myron Menaker, myronm@bellsouth.net
      Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999

    * Rio Bravo (Mexican)
      Rt. 92
      Good (not great)
      From: Myron Menaker, myronm@bellsouth.net
      Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999


JACKSONVILLE

    * Whitey's Fish Camp[Jamaican]
      Orange Park, state road 220
      "Another good seafood place."
      From: "Michael W. Jones", marmot2@ibm.net
      Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999


MELBOURNE

    * Jerkeys[Jamaican]
      Winter Park (and other locations)
      Small town but we have a takeout Jamaican restaurant "Jerkeys" that serves fiery curried goat, oxtails, and jerked pork and chicken that are awesome. There are some Thai places that are also good. On the whole, Florida food is devoid of hot chiles.
      From: "Michael W. Jones", marmot2@ibm.net
      Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999


ORLANDO

    * Clay Oven (Indian)
      on Rt. 17-92 in Longwood...that's south of DeLand and Sanford.
      They will "heat" up your food upon request!
      From: Myron Menaker, myronm@bellsouth.net
      Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998

    * Don Pablo's(Mexican)
      International Drive
      Not especially hot, but the food quality was quite good and the service was excellent. I asked them to punch the heat to the max, but it still was only about halfway between a jalapeno and a serrano in heat level.
      From: Kevin Crooks, kcrooks@terraworld.net
      Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998

      Don Pablo's is really a nasty chain of bland food and all the restaurants on I-drive are pretty awful and only good for the tourists who just don't know any better. Might as well include Hooters since they have a "hot" wing sauce. LOL
      From: Kym Cubero, kcubero@bigfoot.com
      Date: 01/ January/ 2002

    * Jerkeys[Jamaican]
      Altamonte Springs
      Small town but we have a takeout Jamaican restaurant "Jerkeys" that serves fiery curried goat, oxtails, and jerked pork and chicken that are awesome. There are some Thai places that are also good. On the whole, Florida food is devoid of hot chiles.
      From: "Michael W. Jones", marmot2@ibm.net
      Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999


PANAMA CITY

    * Runaway Island
      "On The Beach"
      Good food, and they will bring you hot sauce (not Tabasco!) and they mix a pretty good Goombay Smash too!
      From: Imildur@aol.com
      Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997

    * The Palapa
      "On the bay next to Hathaways Bridge"
      Its really just a big outdoor bar (including a raw bar) under a HUGE Palapa (palp frond roof). They serve grouper nuggets which are good, spicy but not what I would call hot. There are lots of other places, including several steak houses, but I have never been to those.
      From: Imildur@aol.com
      Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997


ST. PETERSBURG

    * El Pass-O Cafe [Tex-Mex]
      1120 Pinellas Bayway S. #114. Tierre Verde, Fl. Phone is 727-867-6267
      ** See Tampa**
      We cook alot of Tex-Mex style dinners as well as lots of Dave's original stuff. Our Grilled Shrimp with Creamy Chipolte Sauce won Best of the Bay Area award this year. We love to do seafood with interesting dishes. Tonight we have Grilled Tuna with Pico De Gallo and Carribean Pork stuffed with Dave's homemade chorizo and served with a ancho pepper honey glaze.
      From: Judith Stone, madpepco@gte.net (Proprietor)
      Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999

    * Peppers on the Pier [Hot Sauce Shop]
      "On The Beach"
      a hot sauce shop in a big tourist location. Pricey, but nice folks. I was thrilled to find purple chile pepper lights to add to the collection to go on my husband's steam car.
      From: Susan Byers, chilewmn@bluemarble.net
      Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999

    * Red Mesa[Mexican]
      4912 4th St. N.
      Excellent salsa, and the poor waiter hopped back and forth bringing me little dishes of fresh chiles from the kitchen. There were no vegetarian entrees to speak of but the chef happily prepared something for my friend and I. A little pricey---maybe I've just been in Indiana too long.
      From: Susan Byers, chilewmn@bluemarble.net
      Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999

    * Saffron's[Caribbean]
      1700 Park St. N.
      very much on the MILD side. This poor waiter had his work cut out for him as I wanted to try all their sauces. The jerk sauce was MILD MILD MILD. I passed, my friend loved it. My request for scotch bonnets drew a blank but he eventually brought me some fruity pepper mix that was very tasty. My dinner was very good although too MILD. Prices were good and I had one of the best drinks I've ever had in a restaurant. The service was very good too.
      From: Susan Byers, chilewmn@bluemarble.net
      Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999


TAMPA

    * El Pass-O Cafe[Surf/Turf]
      Gulf Blvd
      Dave fixed me up with his famous Shrimp in Creamy Chipoltle Sauce (Pure and absolute heavenly).. Rob had the Enchiladas, which was made with Daves own recipe for the filling. Dave and Judith added some habanero's to the dishes to meet our taste in heat . The Food was absolutely fabulous. The cream Chipoltle sauce will go down as one of the best meals Ive eaten that contained Chipoltle. The service and hospitality was great as well. They were very eager to have us try the sauces they make and ALL were very good. My Favorite was the Madder n Hell Sauce and the Green With Envy Sauce. We also tried some of new stuff they are coming up with and all were just as delicious. Highly Recommended lace to have some GREAT food and meet some super nice Chile-heads , They've ot a website but I do not recall exactly what the URL was. :-)
      From: "Tom Cuneo", forsite@forsite.net
      Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999

    * Ibex Cafe [African - Ethiopian]
      1809 W. Platt Street
      Near downtown Tampa

      This place will light you up! It's African food. It's served on this "injera" a flat piece of sourdough/fermented bread. They put the food and sauce on top and you eat with your hands, tearing off pieces of the bread to dip in the food.
      From: Kym Cubero, kcubero@bigfoot.com
      Date: 01/ January/ 2002

      The wonderful vegetable stews (called "wots") and beef and chicken dishes are served with injera, a large crepe made of a special type of millet flour called teff. A piece of injera is broken off and used to scoop the food into your mouth, where the incredible infusion of spices will surprise and delight you -- ginger, mustard seeds, white pepper, thyme, nutmeg and more. Some of the essential spices of Ethiopian cooking include Berbere, a combination of powered red pepper with a dozen spices, fragrant cardamom and basil, and fenugreek, which has the aroma of celery. Coriander and turmeric are used in the vivid yellow dishes. Garlic and cumin impart strong, warm and aromatic flavor to richer foods. From: Bridget McCrea, A Back-Door Culinary Tour Of Tampa, Florida
      Posted on: Lodging.Com
      Date: ???

    * Peppers[Hot Sauce Shop]
      Gulf Blvd
      EXCELLENT Food and service. Our Waitress went well out of her way to get us some Hot Sauce that was around our high heat level. The Garlic-oil-herbs that they serve with the fresh baked bread was wonderful in it's own right. I had the Fish Kabob with stuffed shrimp . Rob had the surf and turf, he said his steak was excellent as well. I highly recommend this place to anyone travelling in the area for a great meal.
      From: "Tom Cuneo", forsite@forsite.net
      Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999

    * Salt Rock Grill[Surf/Turf]
      Gulf Blvd
      EXCELLENT Food and service. Our Waitress went well out of her way to get us some Hot Sauce that was around our high heat level. The Garlic-oil-herbs that they serve with the fresh baked bread was wonderful in it's own right. I had the Fish Kabob with stuffed shrimp . Rob had the surf and turf, he said his steak was excellent as well. I highly recommend this place to anyone travelling in the area for a great meal.
      From: "Tom Cuneo", forsite@forsite.net
      Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999

    * Thai AM[Thai]
      Gulf Blvd
      The food was pretty good here as well , although not as good as we expected after having eaten at the other places first hehe( guess expectations run high after you've eaten at places like El PassO Cafe and Salt Rock)... The lady who waited on us was more than happy to spice things up though for us, and although it wasn't habanero hot, I did have "the great sweat" running when we left. I had the spicy shrimp and asked them to make it Thai Hot. It was a good meal, Rob had the Curry Beef but was slightly disappointed as it was more like a coconut milk stew rather than a strong curry flavor.
      From: "Tom Cuneo", forsite@forsite.net
      Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999



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