Chefs are sprinkling food and beverages with cayenne pepper to perk up winter weary palates. Not only does it provide a spicy kick—the fiery seasoning offers a myriad of health benefits. As a significant source of beta-carotene and other antioxidants, it's said to combat everything from nasal congestion to ulcers. Here's how the potent pepper is working its magic on menus.
Cayenne Fried Calamari; $9.50
Peanut Butter & Co.
New York, NY
The Heat is On Sandwich: Spicy peanut butter and chilled grilled chicken with a bit of pineapple jam; $7.95
Restaurant X and Bully Boy Bar
Cowboy Rib Eye of Beef (for two), brown sugar and cayenne rub finished with sauce béarnaise; $70
North and Clark Café
Pikant Hot Chocolate or Mocha spiced with cayenne pepper (12 oz.); $2.95
Fresh Pumpkin Margarita: Patrón Tequila and slow-roasted Pumpkin garnished with Azúcar de Pepita; $7.95
Café Adelaide & Swizzle Stick Bar
New Orleans, LA
Rye Whiskey Braised Pork Cheek "Smashed" Po-boy with three cabbage slaw, cayenne pickle ribbons, shaved Dorothea chevre and green tomato mayonnaise; $14
Tango Restaurant & Lounge
El Diablo: Bittersweet cube of sinfully rich dark chocolate graced with cayenne, spicy almonds, cocoa nibs and burnt meringue finished with a tequila caramel sauce; $10