Some Like It Hot in East Bay

Tamara Palmer

Food with a spicy kick can help to kickstart your metabolism and feel elevated as you enjoy a meal. The buzz from spicy food is so real, you can feel it from your head to your toes, and it will keep you coming back for more. For some, it’s a sport — for others, it’s a daily must. Try these different ordering ideas If you are among the many who identify with spicy food as a satisfying lifestyle, or want to work on building your love of what’s hot.

Halal Guys

Pro tip: add hot sauce to your Falafel Platter and Gyro (Beef) Sandwich just a drop at a time as you build up your tolerance to spicy food. Even the smallest bit of it will set your meal on fire.

The Halal Guys (Berkeley)
The Halal Guys (Oakland)

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Falafel Platter

Their world-famous platters start with salad (lettuce and tomato), rice, and our vegetarian protein falafel. Includes two white sauce packets and one hot sauce packet. Add more hot sauce for the appropriate effect.

Gyro (Beef) Sandwich

Served on a warm pita with gyro and topped with shredded iceberg lettuce, and chopped tomato. Includes one white sauce packet and one hot sauce packet. Add more hot sauce for the appropriate effect.


Up the Scoville scale of comfort food classics with Spicy Cauliflower and Jalapeno Popper Mac, which Homeroom describes as “spicy — but not too spicy.”

Spicy Cauliflower

Roasted with paprika, pecorino, and crushed red pepper.

Jalapeño Popper

Spicy—but not too spicy. Sharp cheddar, cream cheese, hot peppers, and crispy breadcrumbs.

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Little Star Pizza

The Chicago deep dish pizza specialists at Little Star Pizza offer a Spicy Baked Wings starter to pair perfectly with a Spicy Sausage (Small Deep Dish).

Spicy Baked Wings

Dry spice rub, celery, with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Spicy Sausage (Small Deep Dish)

Spicy calabrese sausage, cherry peppers, red onions, crushed red pepper.

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Spices! 3

People who can really handle hot food love Spices, where Chicken Wings With Explosive Chili Pepper and Spices! Spicy Chow Mein are perpetually popular orders.

Chicken Wings w/ Explosive Chili Pepper

Numbing Spicy. Is that a boat of wings with peppers or a boat of peppers with some chicken?

Spices! Spicy Chow Mein

With chicken, pork and shrimp.

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