I recently happened across a post by one MF Grocery about a small, mostly carryout joint in north St. Louis called Mammer Jammer which proudly declares, "We Offer the Hottest Sandwich in Town." His colorful (workplace warning: contains f-bombs) description of the place (http://groceryeats.com/2008/03/12/mam...) compelled me to give it a try. It was worth the trip. The woman working the order window made us feel welcome while also doing her best to protect us from the heat of the peppers that were about to be tossed on the grill.
The menu includes a "degree of hotness" chart on the back, from "Regular - No Fire. For the Faint-hearted," through "Mild," "Hot," "Extra Hot" ("You like living on the edge"), "Super Hot," "Mary Francis" ("The hottest highsteppin' mama in town!"), "Big John," and "IT" (You are in The Here After")!
I chose Extra Hot for my first foray into the world of the Mammer Jammer. The Mammer Jammer sandwich is basically a cheese steak with hot peppers and a secret hot sauce. It's served with crisp fries and a small drink for $6.40 The price goes up slightly if you order one of the three hottest categories.
After about a ten minute wait my friend and I sat at one of the two small tables to dig in to our spicy feast. We weren't disappointed. This is a sandwich to eat with a knife and fork. The extra hot version was tangy but not tear-producing, at least to this palate. When our friend at the counter saw that we liked what we had eaten she insisted on making a batch of steak with their newest batch of peppers--as yet unnamed--to be placed in a category between Big John and IT. We happily complied. It was one of those slow burns--after a couple of bites I was trying to figure out how I could avoid breathing, because the inside of my mouth felt like an inferno as the air passed by. Still, I'm looking forward to trying Mary Francis next time.
The restaurant also carries other kinds of sandwiches: Polish sausage (with or without cheese, onions, chili, and peppers), hamburger, fish, chicken, tripe, veggie (I have no idea what they put on this one), and some others, as well as shrimp, some fried sides, and some tasty looking desserts.
We don't hear much about north St. Louis on this board. Time for some folks to go exploring.
5124 Natural Bridge Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63115