Some spicy, some hot, the five starters below are worth noshing despite the high temps outside.
1. Beaver Poppers, Beaver's
Hurts so good: We love the spicy jolt of lip-numbing heat from the Beaver Poppers. Your order of six panko-coated, cheese-and-chorizo-stuffed jalapenos may look innocent, but these little devils pack a fiery punch. Lower the heat by dipping the addicting pepper poppers in the accompanying side of buttermilk dressing ($8).
2. Fried Pickles, Pluckers
The fried pickles at the Austin transplant is the stuff late-night eaters dream about. Six out-of-the-barrel juicy dill pickle spears are lightly fried in seasoned batter and served with creamy ranch dressing for maximum enjoyment ($6.99 for six; $3.99 per half order).
3. Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, Del Frisco's Grille
Egg rolls and Philly cheesesteaks unite in one amazing snack: golden fried bites filled with prime tenderloin, strip steak shavings, white American cheese and caramelized onions. Side sauces includes honey mustard and sweet and spicy chile ($10.50).
4. Chesapeake Crab Balls, Liberty Kitchen
You don't need to wear seersucker or live in Maryland to enjoy deep-fried crab. These tasty bites come three per order with dilly tartar sauce ($10.75).
5. Loaded Tater Tots, Punk's Simple Southern Food
Not your typical fried tot, the "tater" here applies to the potato chip that coats a combination of creamy rice, bacon, scallion, cheddar and sour cream. The decadent snack comes with buttermilk dressing ($9).