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Food

Three Hot A$$ Dishes To Celebrate National Spicy Day In L.A.

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It's National Spicy Day, and should you care to give your palate a challenge, here are three places you can do so. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Shio Ramen at Orochon RamenThe atomic ramen at this Little Tokyo noodle shop has attracted the likes of Adam Richman of "Man Vs. Food," and it's easy to see why with the first slurp. If you finish the entire bowl of the Spicy #2, you get a picture and a place on the 'Wall of Bravery," which considering the pain is hardly a fair reward. But if you're up for the culinary challenge, you'll be amongst the few who have finished the bowl of chili-filled ramen.

Dynamite Curry Crab Jitlada or Nam Khao Tod at Night + Market: If you've ever taken a trip to Thailand, you know the brutal fire of truly "Thai spicy" food. Both Night + Market and Jitlada take it to that level with their dishes. Jitlada first introduced this type of masochist eating with their Dynamite Curry Crab (aka the Dynamite Challenge), which is made with what was formerly the hottest chili on earth, the ghost chili. The newer Nam Khao Tod at West Hollywood Night + Market is also a fireball. The papaya salad, just like most of the food at the restaurant, is almost unbearably hot. Thank god there's plenty of sticky rice and Thai tea that help cool down your palate afterwards.

Suicide Wings at Ye Rustic Inn:The aptly-named buffalo wings at this Los Feliz restaurant live up to their name; you'll likely want to off yourself in the hours after eating these flaming cuts of chicken. Many restaurants around the country do a rendition of a suicide wing to attract tourists, and frankly, the medium spicy version is just enough for us. But if you're up for a challenge, this is definitely the place to do it.