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ohmuffin Sep 26, 2007 10:06 AM

Anyone know of any stores that specialize in hot sauces anywhere around Boston (i have a bicycle and i can ride almost anywhere around Boston, Sommerville, Roxbury, etc etc)? I've been having some troubles finding good places that have a selection. Specifically I'm looking for a straight habanero sauce or scotch bonnet sauce. Really and sauce thats REALLY hot.

thanks in advance

  1. ScubaSteve Sep 26, 2007 10:12 AM

    there is/was a few vendors in the Quincy Market area that sold nothing but hot sauces. you could try any of the area's yuppy grocers, there are a couple on Charles St that had decent selections.

    but i'd just go here and save the shoe leather:


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    1. re: ScubaSteve
      ohmuffin Sep 26, 2007 10:15 AM

      yeah I've been to all those places on Charles st, but when i was in quincy market i couldn't find any of the sauce people there, i remember seeing one a few years ago but I'm gonna assume it closed?

      1. re: ohmuffin
        Alcachofa Sep 26, 2007 11:22 AM

        The Quincy Market cart is an incredible rip-off. $10 for a $4 bottle. Seriously, that bad. Sad, also, since there used to be a good store in the market dedicated to hot sauces (now closed).

        Yes, the Alston Marty's has a half-decent selection, i.e., better than a supermarket, but still could have more.

        The best selection I've seen recently was in New Hope, PA, unfortunately.

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      ItalyFan Sep 26, 2007 10:20 AM

      Marty's Liquors in Newton has a large selection. Maybe that Alston branch does too?

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        galleygirl Oct 11, 2007 06:29 AM

        I was in that Marty's (Newton)last nite; 4 shelves worth of hot sauces, lined up as tight as the reataurant displays...I'd check it out...

        1. re: galleygirl
          Blumie Oct 11, 2007 07:49 AM

          This is not a knock on Marty's -- which is a great store -- but on the hot sauce industry in general: way too much effort goes into coming up with a funny or catchy name and an appealing label, and far too little effort goes into creating a superior sauce. It only adds to the appeal to me of the El Yucateco sauces that their names are not catchy and their lables are ugly! Unfortunately, when you try to choose from a selection like what they have at Marty's, it is nearly impossible to choose a good sauce since all you have to go by are the names and the labels.

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        Pegmeister Sep 26, 2007 10:27 AM

        Gypsy Kitchen on Hancock Street in Quincy Center has a great selection of hot sauces. They are also T accessible, just take the red line and get off at Quincy Center. I also love their selection of cheese and wines and they've recently started offering a takeout menu with items such as pulled pork; vegetable lasagna etc. They have a website you may want to check out drhot.net Enjoy!!

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        1. re: Pegmeister
          catsmeow Sep 18, 2009 06:38 PM

          FYI...The owner of the Gypsy Kitchen was the owner of the hot sauce store that use to be at Fanueil Hall market a few years ago. She started out as a tiny store front on Hyde Park Ave in Roslindale many years ago that grew into an internet business and then opened the Fanueil Hall place.

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          elissa8009 Sep 26, 2007 10:28 AM

          Try the Tropical Foods chain of grocery stores in Boston, Dorchester, and Roxbury

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            bearzie Sep 26, 2007 10:54 AM

            The woman who owned the hot sauce store in the Quincy Market closed that store because of high rent many years ago. But she did open a shop in Quincy, MA called Gypsy Kitchen @1241 Hancock St. 617-847-1946. I haven't been in the shop for years but did go by it a few weeks ago and it was still in business. When I was in the shop years ago, she was continuing her hot sauce business there but also included nick-nack items, etc. I'd call or go to her website. http://www.drhot.net/index.html

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              steve999 Sep 26, 2007 11:14 AM

              Do you know specifically what you want or do you want to try before you buy?



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              1. re: steve999
                ohmuffin Sep 26, 2007 11:23 AM

                i would love to try some if possible, but i really want "Inner Beauty" but rumor has it that its no longer being sold

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                  StriperGuy Sep 26, 2007 11:32 AM

                  Inner beauty is not straight habanero, but rather mustard base / habanero.

                  They still make it at East Coast Grill, they just can't call it Inner Beauty cause they sold the name. They might sell you some.

                  That said, most of the mustard base/habanero caribbean style hot sauces taste pretty similar. I've tried a dozen of them and they are pretty indistinguishable.

                  1. re: StriperGuy
                    ohmuffin Sep 26, 2007 11:40 AM

                    yeah, the inner beauty is for a friend out of the city, but thats good to know that they sold the name

                    is it just their "house sauce" now?

                    1. re: ohmuffin
                      TomH Oct 10, 2007 11:30 AM

                      Inner Beauty is still listed as an ingredient on their menu ( see the hot crispy hell bone) and they referred to it last time I was there for "Hell Night":.


                  2. re: ohmuffin
                    C. Hamster Sep 26, 2007 11:44 AM

                    There are several "authentic" recipes for Inner Beauty available if you google. Also there is one in their book ".... of the Hot Sun."

                    It's yellow mustard/habarnero/mango based and all of the copycat recipes I have tried are very easy to make and delicious.

                    1. re: C. Hamster
                      ohmuffin Sep 26, 2007 11:47 AM

                      yeah i just found this article:


                      and i just wrote all those ingredients down, so i may try to do this later today

                      1. re: ohmuffin
                        ohmuffin Sep 26, 2007 07:44 PM

                        i made it per those instructions... then i made a 2nd batch with habanero peppers instead... and wow is the heat WAYYYY different

                        they both taste really good, its just the habanero batch.. lets just say, dont take a spoon full the 1st time you try it, and thats after eating 1/2 a habanero before i started making the mix...

                        so i now have 2 gallons of two different sauces, im pretty happy

                        1. re: ohmuffin
                          Blumie Sep 26, 2007 09:02 PM

                          It really depends on the individual pepper. You will find some scotch bonnets hotter than some habaneros and vice versa.

                    2. re: ohmuffin
                      foodscience Oct 12, 2007 12:36 PM

                      They do make inner beauty at ECG, and in the past they have given me a decent quantity to take home after my meal (free of charge). But, its made without preservatives, so the waitress told me it wouldn't last too long.

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                    Blumie Sep 26, 2007 11:28 AM

                    El Yucateco KutBil-Ik is my current favorite every day sauce. Note that they make three main types of habanero-based sauce; this is their hottest.


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                    1. re: Blumie
                      ohmuffin Sep 26, 2007 11:39 AM

                      wow thanks, thats pretty much exactly one of the things im looking for

                      edit:// maby something a big hotter than that one actually

                      1. re: ohmuffin
                        Blumie Sep 26, 2007 12:27 PM

                        You really ought to try it before going hotter. I have a very high tolerance, and I find that this one has a decent kick.

                      2. re: Blumie
                        tcd Oct 8, 2007 06:03 PM

                        yes, but where do you get it?

                        1. re: Blumie
                          Dinsdale45 Oct 10, 2007 11:25 AM

                          That little Salvadorian market on upper Moody St. in Waltham has all those El Yucateco products for a couple of bucks each. Also, Bufalo (sic) chipotle sauce, rocoto chiles in jars, chile pastes, and big bags of dried chiles.

                          Whenever I'm near Portsmouth I detour up to Durham. The Durham Marketplace has a large variety of hot sauces, salsas, and cooking sauces.


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                            bear Oct 11, 2007 07:43 AM

                            Do you remember the name of the Salvadoran market, or maybe what it's next to?

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                              Dinsdale45 Oct 11, 2007 02:06 PM

                              It's called something like "International Market" and it's next to an Indian market on the same side of the street as Watch City Brewery, but nearer the upper end of the street.

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                                LovesFoieGras Oct 12, 2007 10:04 AM

                                Do you La Chapencita? Wouldnt say it was Salvadorian, they have all sorts of Latin stuff and there is another one next to that one. There are quite a few on Moody Street now-a-days :-).

                                1. re: LovesFoieGras
                                  Dinsdale45 Oct 12, 2007 06:16 PM

                                  I forget where I heard it was Salvadoran. Maybe it isn't. That name doesn't ring a bell but I never paid much attention to the name.

                                  1. re: LovesFoieGras
                                    bear Oct 12, 2007 06:38 PM

                                    I really like La Chapencita. Great prices on chiles, good selections of Mexican cheeses and crema. Banana leaves and corn husks for tamales,etc. I'm guessing it's more Central American-Mexican focused than geared to a specific country, but haven't really investigated enough to know. Combined with the Indian/Asian/Central American markets across the street, a great resource.

                              2. re: Dinsdale45
                                StriperGuy Sep 1, 2009 01:52 PM

                                I prefer Bufalo to El Yucateco and have been looking for a source for the chipotle. Thanks.

                                1. re: StriperGuy
                                  steinpilz Sep 18, 2009 04:55 PM

                                  I've been searching for El Yucateco after being reminded of it reading this thread last week, finally found their red and green chili sauces at the Twin City Plaza Shaws today (didn't see the one Blumie mentioned).

                                  I also got another jar of the great Jamaican Country Style "Boston Jerk Seasoning:"


                            2. kobuta Sep 26, 2007 11:39 AM

                              Opinions on the food at the restaurant aside, does Firefly in Quincy actually sell all those variations of those hot sauces in their restaurant too? They have some pretty scary looking ones in the restaurant itself.

                              1. Passadumkeg Oct 12, 2007 10:32 AM

                                Mo Hotta Mo Betta has a web site with a large selection of hot sauces, including Dave's. (www.mohotta.com)

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                                  Dinsdale45 Oct 12, 2007 06:19 PM

                                  Really nice guy runs this company. Great sauces. Reasonable prices.


                                  1. Dr.Jimbob Oct 14, 2007 06:41 AM

                                    It's a little more of a walk on the wild side, but the Super 88 stocks a variety of regional hot sauces. They have some Chinese stuff that comes from Sichuan (and possibly Hunan?) provinces that can be pretty lethal. The only problem is that you'll probably need someone who can read Chinese as there is not much hint of what's namby-pamby and what's real-deal and the hired help's command of English is sometimes a little suboptimal. You may have to do some experimenting too, to find the flavor you like, but I have two or three sauces that I use for my cooking, which most of my friends can't stand straight up.

                                    You'll probably want to try the main branch in the South Bay Center, btw, as the other branches don't have as broad of a selection available.

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                                      tdaaa Sep 1, 2009 01:42 PM

                                      My go-to source is Firegirl.com - they used to be based in freeport maine, but have since moved. I find the ratings to be relatively accurate and the prices fair. Didn't particularly like the firegirl-labelled sauces, however.

                                      My favorite wicked hot sauces - Blairs XXX hottest sauce and Da Bomb Ground Zero

                                      My favorite bottle - Mustard Gas ( comes in a aluminum cannister with a gas mask on the label - its the only thing that will actually make me eat a hotdog)

                                      1. TomH Sep 1, 2009 01:51 PM

                                        I have ordered from these guys recently:


                                        Good selection, decent prices, reasonable shipping. They also have a pretty cool "Hot Sauce of the Month Club".

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                                          kmrmsw Sep 1, 2009 03:15 PM

                                          Code 10 on Washington St in the South End used to have an extensive selection

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                                            cynsriddle Jan 5, 2010 10:30 AM

                                            There's a fabulous hot sauce called Brother Bru Bru's. It's made with Habaneros and has lots of heat. It's got a unique flavor and it's also all natural and really clean containing only peppers, garlic, vinegar and spices. You can get it at Pemberton's in Cambridge 2225 Massachusetts Avenue (617) 491-2244. It's a deal at $3.99

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                                              carneyvore Jan 5, 2010 11:16 AM

                                              Admittedly, not very convenient, but Julio's liquor store on Rt. 9 in Westborough has a very solid hot sauce selection, including Dave's Total Insanity.

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