If you are someone who likes food with a kick, then you need to head to Indianapolis. You’ll find three specific items on some local menus that will definitely make you sweat and clear your sinuses. 

If you’re a newbie to any of these dishes, go slow. They’re not for the faint of heart. If you can finish off all three of these, you can call yourself the King or Queen of the Triple Heat Challenge.

St. Elmo Steak House Shrimp Cocktail

St. Elmo’s Shrimp Cocktail

It’s an absolute must when you’re in Indy - a visit to St. Elmo Steakhouse for their world-famous shrimp cocktail. It’s the only appetizer on the menu and has been since day one way back in 1902. The horseradish is their sauce is freshly-shaved daily, which contributes to the heat factor. Dip your four jumbo shrimp into this sauce and proceed with caution.

Rathskeller Pretzel with Hot Mustard

Pretzel with Spicy Mustard at the Rathskeller

When you dine at the Rathskeller, a big soft, pretzel is brought to your table in lieu of a traditional bread basket. And with that pretzel comes beer cheese and hot mustard. That hot mustard, it is beyond hot. And it is a heat that sneaks up on you. At first taste, it might not seem so bad, but before you know it, it will sneak up your nose and take your breath away.

John's Famous Stew

John’s Famous Stew

This restaurant’s Macedonian roots go back to it’s opening in 1911 and you can still get their famous stew with the same recipe that they’ve had since the beginning. It’s made from scratch daily and simmered in a savory broth. It comes in three heat levels: Mild, Medium (with just a touch of “hot”) and Hot (very spicy!). Want to go all out? Ask them to add hot peppers, too.