i'm a chowhound who lives in chicago. i'm reading a marvelous series of private eye novels set in baltimore. it's great to be learning something about your city from a native who clearly adores it. (the author is laura lippman). her main character, tess monaghan loves to eat. she's constantly ordering sandwiches with 'hots' on them. i assume some kind of hot pepper is being requested. could someone enlighten me further? thanks so much.
You are correct. "Hots" in Baltimore means vinegary hot pepper spread. You should be able to find it at the supermarket in the relish dept. Sun of Italy is one widely available brand...made in Baltimore too!
Ms. Lippman definitely knows her Baltimore lingo! "Hots" is a very good example of the local patois.