Without spicy cuisine, diners would seek out flavor-thrills elsewhere, causing huge spikes in incidents of fire-swallowing and bungee jumping mouth-first into vats of Pop Rocks. Dine on the edge with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Indian fare at Copper Chimney on Black Mountain Road.
Copper Chimney, a food truck turned restaurant, detonates salivary glands with authentic South Indian-Hyderabadi fast food. Traditional snacks, such as samosas ($2.99 for two) and idli—rice cakes served with chutney ($3.49)—prepare appetites for more sizeable savories, including crispy crepe blankets known as dosas ($3.99–$7.99), served in masala, egg, and onion-masala flavors. Vegetarian entrees, such as ginger vegetables ($5.99), prevent non-meat-eaters from grazing in nearby parks, and diners seeking meatier options find protein-packed comfort in the chicken Hyderabadi biryani, served with gravy and the spicy-cooling combo of chili and raita ($6.99). Customers who prefer to dabble in a variety of dishes can explore Copper Chimney's buffet ($6.49), which is stocked with more exotic spices than Christopher Columbus's fanny pack.
9474 Black Mountain Rd.
Suite D & E
San Diego, California 92126