Best West African Hot Sauce

Oh Mercy!
Sick of Sriracha? Here’s a new option for heat seekers. Like the ubiquitous Thai condiment, Oh Mercy! hot sauce goes with pretty much everything: morning eggs, a side of fries, or a bowl of chili. Creator and Ghanaian transplant Mercy Bloomgarden’s recipe begins with ginger, garlic, onions, and tomatoes—the base of most sauces in the West African nation—then adds plenty of habanero peppers. Super spicy yet deeply flavorful, its complex taste lingers as long as the burn. Pick up a jar at the Falls Church Farmers Market, Arlington’s Lebanese Taverna Market, Maple Avenue Market in Vienna, or online at