Short Order: ChiliSpot
ChiliSpot set up shop in Kenny Center almost a year ago. It does not serve chili, though there’s probably a market for that sort of operation.
Instead, ChiliSpot is a Chinese joint with a menu that features spicy foods, hence the name: Think more in terms of chili oil.
ChiliSpot has a full dining room, with plenty of space and seating and a decor that features lots of words on the walls. It also runs a robust carryout operation, and an order of Chengdu DanDan Noodle is perfectly suited for just such a request. According to the internet, the dish has a long history in China, with a name originating from the pole (a “dan”) hawkers used to carry it to the market.
At ChiliSpot, the spicy noodles are packed into a bowl, and topped with ground pork and steamed bok choy. Although the bok choy was gone far too quickly, the remaining noodles clotted with bits of pork have enough savory personality to inspire an empty bowl in no time.
Beyond the noodle scene, ChiliSpot’s menu ranges from egg rolls and General Tso’s to Griddled Pork Intestine and Dry Pot Lamb Spine. There’s also an especially interesting option worth exploring called Mr. & Mrs. Smith. It’s not often found on local menus, but the Sichuan dish was named Appetizer of the Year by GQ in 2017. In classic format, it features slices of beef tendon and tongue with peppercorns and (yes) chiles.
The next few weeks in the holiday season are truly some of the nicest times for Chinese food. It makes the perfect detox for all the comfort cooking. And often, Chinese restaurants serve on holidays when other eateries close (the host wasn’t 100% certain of ChiliSpot’s plans). ChiliSpot is closed Wednesdays, but doors are open Thursdays through Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. at 1178 Kenny Centre Mall.
Fo more information, visit chilispotcolumbus.com.