Generally, we think of eating as a pleasant experience, but there’s something to be said for discomfort, too — a bite of pepper that gets your nose running, a salsa that requires a glass of milk, hot wings that are ... hot. 

“Prediction? Pain.”

— Clubber Lang, poet laureate

Generally, we think of eating as a pleasant experience, but there’s something to be said for discomfort, too — a bite of pepper that gets your nose running, a salsa that requires a glass of milk, hot wings that are ... hot. Sorry. The heat must be getting to us. So why don’t you enjoy these spicy dishes while we cool off.

— by Greg Elwell, photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck

Spicy Lamb Shank dish at Misal of India in Norman.  mh
  • Spicy Lamb Shank dish at Misal of India in Norman. mh

Misal of India

580 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman

misalofindia.com

579-5600

Indian food has a reputation for bringing the heat, but there are few dishes quite so fiery as Misal of India’s spicy apricot lamb shank. Misal’s can keep it under control, but — with your permission — it’ll set the temperature of the vindaloo sauce to blazing and burn your mouth with delicious, fiery spice.

Hell’s Kitchen and chili fries at Flatire Burger in Edmond, Friday, April 17, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Hell’s Kitchen and chili fries at Flatire Burger in Edmond, Friday, April 17, 2015.

Flatire Burgers

318 E. Ayers St., Edmond

flatireburgers.com

359-2006

No, there’s no DONKEY! on the Hell’s Kitchen burger at Flatire, just loads of burning-hot toppings that would tempt the devil himself. It’s covered in sweet onions, jalapeños and a serrano salsa, with pepper jack and a killer chipotle mayo, and you’ll be damned (happy) if you do and damned (sad) if you don’t.

Botana and Special Salsa at Chelinos in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 17, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Botana and Special Salsa at Chelinos in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 17, 2015.

Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant

6509 Northwest Expressway

chelinosmexicanrestaurant.com

728-2770

Do you hate your mouth? C’mon. It has never done anything for you. So consider ordering Botana and the Special Salsa at Chelino’s if you’d like your revenge. Botana will throw grilled onions and fried jalapeños at your taste buds while the salsa stabs your tongue ... with flavor.

Sriracha hot wings and ghost pepper pork rinds at Knucks Wheelhouse in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 17, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Sriracha hot wings and ghost pepper pork rinds at Knucks Wheelhouse in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 17, 2015.

Knucks Wheelhouse

103 E. California Ave.

knuckswheelhouse.com

605-4422

What’s the point of mild hot wings or tame fried pig skin? Tell your server to crank the Sriracha hot wings and ghost pepper pork rinds at Knucks Wheelhouse to 11. And if a cold beer doesn’t ease your pain, owner Drew Mains said they make their own ranch dressing to cool you down.

The Spicy Dawg at Spicy Dawg in Choctaw.  mh
  • The Spicy Dawg at Spicy Dawg in Choctaw. mh

Spicy Dawg

14359 NE 23rd St., Choctaw

spicydawg.com

390-2888

Most dogs aren’t hot. You’d have to be drunk to swipe right on most of them. But the eponymous Spicy Dawg is like the greatest supermodels in history ground into a fine paste and forced into a casing. If the combo of hot links, pepperoni, jalapeños and mustard doesn’t do it for you, they have a wall of hot sauces you can buy to finish the job.

Evil Jungle Chicken Curry at Banana Island in Oklhaoma City, Thursday, April 16, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Evil Jungle Chicken Curry at Banana Island in Oklhaoma City, Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Banana Island Restaurant

1117 NW 25th St.

bananaisland-hub.com

602-1188

Evil Jungle Chicken is a curry dish that doesn’t even mess around. It’s not “happy pasture fish” or “innocent forest turkey.” Banana Island’s EVIL. JUNGLE. CHICKEN. is a force of sheer delicious destruction served over rice. Order a side of Maalox or an ambulance.

The very popular Chicken Vocano dish at Siam Noodles Thai Cuisine in Midwest City.  mh
  • The very popular Chicken Vocano dish at Siam Noodles Thai Cuisine in Midwest City. mh

Siam Noodles Thai Cuisine

7016 SE 15th St.

thaidelightoklahoma.com

733-3552

Why doesn’t “spicy dish” at Siam Noodles have a clever name? Because you have to think to come up with a clever name. And after eating “spicy dish” (either with fish, beef, chicken or pork), you’ll understand why nobody had time to ponder a funny name. They were too busy aiming a firehose filled with milk at their melting faces.

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