Hot Stuff Mon

Eclectic | Grocery Store
Worth a detour

You cannot eat at Hot Stuff Mon, located in the historic downtown area of St. Augustine, but if you are a fan of spicy food, you want to know about this little grocery store. The small, peppercentric shop carries sauces, salsas, foodstuffs and condiments of all degrees of hotness from pinging to stinging to sadistic, but its unique specialty is the datil pepper and the many uses to which St. Augustine natives have put it. My favorite is the eye-opening pepper jelly (great with cream cheese on crackers) and I have become good friend of a ferocious powder known as lust dust, which local cooks use as a secret ingredient in chowders, stews, and chili.

Among the shelves of sauce, rubs and preserves are packets of seeds for people to grow their own. Most datil peppers come from backyards in and around St. Augustine, with only a few local small commercial growers. If you are a jelly maker or salsa maker and run out of your own crop, it is highly unlikely anyone else will be willing to sell you theirs. “The crops are small enough that everybody holds on to what they grow,” explained proprietor Chanel St. Clair. Local folklore says the peppers are so precious that growers use alligators as sentinels to guard their crop.

What to Eat
Datil Pepper Jelly
Lust Dust
Hot Stuff Mon, Datil Peppers
Datil Peppers
Like its close botanical cousin, the habanero, the datil pepper has a bright, fruity heat that develops slowly as it rolls back across your tongue. These lovelies are from Chanel St. Clair's private stash.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 5pm
Tuesday11am - 6pm
Wednesday11am - 6pm
Thursday11am - 6pm
Friday11am - 7pm
Saturday11am - 7pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
8 stops | 191 MILES | 4 hr 33 min

Florida's north coast is an eater's paradise, with fare both exotic and familiar. The menu includes fish camp cooking at its finest, pour-your-own pancakes at the Fountain of Youth, fried shrimp that may be the best anywhere, and a four-alarm delicious legacy of Minorcan hot peppers.

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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