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Austin on Cooking Channel’s Heat Seekers

26 December 2010 2,858 views 16 Comments

Tomorrow, Austin will be featured on a new Cooking Channel show called Heat Seekers. I know about the show because a few months ago, one of the producers emailed me to ask about Austin restaurants known for spicy food. I laughed to myself when I received the email because there are so many Mexican and Tex-Mex spots in Austin with wonderful spicy dishes.

I actually queried folks Twitter and came back to the producer with some great suggestions: Diablo Prawns from Zandunga, Sarovar, green curry at Pad Thai, cerveza fajitas at Polvos, anything at Habanero, and the tortilla soup at Manuels.

Adam talked with his friend Kenny and they suggested the green sauce at El Pollo Rico, dona sauce at Tacodeli, and the spicy beef at Asia Market Cafe. They also pointed out that Austin has not one, but two stores dedicated to selling hot sauce: Tear’s of Joy on 6th Street and Sambet’s.

He also enjoys the 5-pepper dishes at Madam Mam’s Thai, South Indian spicy foods at Swad, and South Congress Cafe or Rio Rita for a bloody mary with hot pepper-infused vodka.

The Cooking Channel crew came to Austin in October, and they decided to shoot at the Texas Chili Parlor, Zandunga, and Chilantro. I stopped by Zandunga to watch some of the filming during lunch one day, and have been there two other times for dinner. Here are some of the dishes I’ve enjoyed:

Chips and Salsa

Chips and Salsa

Scallop and Red Snapper Ceviche

Scallop and Red Snapper Ceviche

Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido

Chile Relleno and Chicken Mole

Chile Relleno and Chicken Mole

Some other dishes that I have enjoyed at Zandunga include the Baja Lobster tacos and their frozen guava-agave mojitos.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of Austin’s hottest dishes being featured on the show tomorrow, along with San Francisco, the other city on the show. Tune in to The Cooking Channel on Monday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. to check it out!

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  • marcoskirsch

    The Salsa Doña at Tacodeli really is something special.

  • marcoskirsch

    The Salsa Doña at Tacodeli really is something special.

  • Rebeccammendations

    Awesome– thanks for the heads up on the TV schedule, Jodi. So happy to see Tears of Joy and Zandunga made the list!

  • jodibart

    You are most welcome. I always love to see Austin starring on national food TV shows!

  • jodibart

    You are most welcome. I always love to see Austin starring on national food TV shows!

  • http://twitter.com/geffo geffo

    The other place they filmed was the Texas Chili Parlor! They had to eat the XXX Chili and barely made it through.

  • jodibart

    Thanks, Geffo! I'm looking forward to seeing the episode :-)

  • http://twitter.com/geffo geffo

    The other place they filmed was the Texas Chili Parlor! They had to eat the XXX Chili and barely made it through.

  • jodibart

    Thanks, Geffo! I'm looking forward to seeing the episode :-)

  • http://twitter.com/geffo geffo

    What did you think? I PA'd on the show here in Austin and I like how it turned out. Good energy.

  • jodibart

    Great job on the PAing. I do like how the show turned out and was excited to see Zandunga get featured. They made me want a horchata so badly! I might have to stop by there very soon for one ;-)

  • jodibart

    NOTE: The show featured the Texas Chili Parlor, not Tears of Joy as I originally wrote. I've made that change above but wanted to clarify for anyone who read the original blog post yesterday.

  • jodibart

    Great job on the PAing. I do like how the show turned out and was excited to see Zandunga get featured. They made me want a horchata so badly! I might have to stop by there very soon for one ;-)

  • jodibart

    NOTE: The show featured the Texas Chili Parlor, not Tears of Joy as I originally wrote. I've made that change above but wanted to clarify for anyone who read the original blog post yesterday.

  • jodibart

    Great job on the PAing. I do like how the show turned out and was excited to see Zandunga get featured. They made me want a horchata so badly! I might have to stop by there very soon for one ;-)

  • jodibart

    NOTE: The show featured the Texas Chili Parlor, not Tears of Joy as I originally wrote. I've made that change above but wanted to clarify for anyone who read the original blog post yesterday.