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Hot and spicy food

The exterior of Big Daddy's in Massapequa Park

(Credit: Kirsten Luce)

The tongue throbs, the eyes water, the scalp sweats; nothing wrong there.

If there's a problem with spicy food on Long Island, it's in finding it.

Yet no need to despair; you can get your jolt (be it high-voltage, medium or mild) at any of the following places, whose kitchens will ignite to order. Just be sure to let your server know your level of masochism.

--Compiled by Joan Reminick

  • A plate of Shrimp and Grits is seen

    The Bayou $$$ | Cajun-Creole, Pub 2823 Jerusalem Ave. North Bellmore This thoroughly Cajun/ Creole station is always on-point with year-round festive d├ęcor and a menu ...

  • Critic rating 2
    Big Daddy's restaurant in Massapequa. (Sep. 14, 2012)

    Big Daddy's $$$ | Cajun-Creole 1 Park Lane Massapequa Without question, there's nowhere from the Cross Island to the Montauk Lighthouse that does Mardi ...

  • Chipotle Mexican Grill in Huntington Station. (Nov. 23,

    Chipotle Mexican Grill in Huntington Station $$ | Mexican 435 Walt Whitman Rd. Huntington Station The emphasis is on well-sourced ingredients at this national Tex-Mex chain for burritos and salads. ...

  • Masala Wok in Hicksville. (Dec. 18, 2012)

    Masala Wok $$ | Pan Asian, Indian 107 Broadway Hicksville Masala Wok specializes in the Chinese food of India--that is, the food cooked by the ...

  • Critic rating 3

    New Chilli & Curry Restaurant $$ | Indian, Thai 106 Woodbury Rd. Hicksville Mostly featuring Indian cooking, this casual restaurant serves vegetarian plates, breads, tandoori (clay oven-cooked) entrees ...

  • Inside Taj Tandoor in Hickville.

    Taj Tandoor $$ | Tandoori, Indian, Vegetarian 1953 Deer Park Ave. Deer Park The neat tall tables, organic-feeling chocolate-brown walls, mirrors and framed works hanging on the walls ...

  • A dish of Thai Hot Penang Chicken Curry

    Thai Angel $$ | Thai, Vegetarian, Restaurant 1812 Veterans Hwy. Islandia What looks like a modest storefront in an amorphous shopping center is really a surprisingly ...

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