Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine in St. Petersburg, infamous for its super spicy Inferno Soup, will be featured in the Aug. 5 episode of the Travel Channel show Food Paradise. The show is like a culinary documentary. Each week it follows a theme, like the best breakfast, and finds restaurants all over the country that are notable. Tampa's Bern's Steak House was featured in an episode on the best steaks, and they did a "Meatloaf Paradise" episode that featured Datz in Tampa and its meatloaf stuffed with mac and cheese. Nitally's, known for its creative fusion of Thai and Mexican dishes, will be featured on the Aug. 5 episode, which premieres at 10 p.m., titled "Hot and Spicy Paradise." For more than three years the restaurant has been daring heat-seekers to eat its Inferno Soup, a nuclear concoction of broth, veggies and hot chilies. With more than 200 challengers, and a prize that once climbed to $1,500, so far only two people have conquered this soup. The prize now sits at $500, said Ally Valdez co-owner of the restaurant at 2462 Central Ave.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer