7. Tacos with Jalapeno Bacon and Habanero Puree at Rojo
This Latin and American restaurant has been a staple in the Highland Park neighborhood for the past 16 years. Over that time, owners Clark Lopez and Laney Dejonge have proven they know the secret to keeping happy customers. For one, you've got to give them what they want. Lopez says he noticed early on that the neighborhood didn't love spicy food, so Rojo toned down its recipes for house salsa and queso; however, for the heat seekers out there, they created something even more satisfying: habanero puree. The devilish mix of fresh habaneros, pureed whole with cilantro, salt, lime, and garlic is served alongside and on top of anything customers desire, from grilled steak tacos (pictured) to corndogs and chicken fingers. The spicy sauce is dangerous, with a strong initial heat and an even stronger afterburn, so just a drizzle will do. Another restaurant secret: the recipe is adjusted each week depending on how hot the habaneros are, meaning you'll never have to worry about a weak batch. A sprinkle of salty jalapeno bacon over the top adds a smoky spice to the blistering habanero heat.