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South Indian food truck in San Diego

ipsit | Dec 1, 200903:15 PM     111

Greetings everyone
This is to report on a really interesting food find near Miramar - the Copper Chimney South Indian food truck!
In India, it is very common to get snack-based south Indian food (dosas, idlis, vadas) from food carts or street vendors, but this hasn't really caught on in the U.S. - so eating a dosa or idli streetside remains a rare experience (I know of just one other such truck - and its in New York - i'm sure theres others in different cities that would be great to learn about)

In any case, San Diego now has it's own food truck. It is usually parked at the intersection of Black Mountain Road and Kearny Villa road, opposite the Am-Pm gas station. The owner, Allen mentioned that they may change their location, but they can be reached at 619 997 6946 to find out where they are parked. They are there fridays 5-7, sat/sun from 12.30-5pm and mondays 5-7.30pm. Probably better to call and check before driving out there.

As for the food, the menu is short - idli (rice cakes), medu vada (the donut shaped deep fried savory dough), dosa (masala and plain), mirchi bajji (fritters of anaheim chillies) and hyderabadi chicken biryani. We tried the bajji, vada and dosas. They were out of idlis when we ate there, and as a vegetarian, I couldn't try the biryani (the owner said if I notified him, he could prepare a veggie version). The vadas and bajji were prepared fresh to order. Both were spiced excellently, and served with green coconut chutney (authentic and excellent!). the bajji also came with a terrific tomato chutney. The vada was served with a red chutney and very good sambar - while sambar does not traditionally have baby carrots or bell peppers, it was piping hot, well spiced and with enough flavor, so that I wasn't bothered by the wrong choice of veggies (at least there were no green peas or corn). Besides, eating that food while standing streetside brought such nostalgia that I am not inclined to be critical (others may disagree)

The dosa was served with the same 2 chutneys as the vada and sambar. It was crisp, thin and the potato masala was spiced and cooked just right (mashed, not diced and with no red pepper powder). The owner did mention that they change the menu often - they sometimes add Hyderabadi dishes as well - this is A REAL treat, since good Hyderabadi cuisine is not found in San Diego outside Hyderabadi homes.

Additional pluses - our meal of the above items plus 2 bottles of water cost just $9! The owner also assured me that they have all the required health dept certifications etc. etc. - moreover, they prepare the vegetarian and non vegetarian food separately (often a key issue for strict vegetarians). They do catering too.

I forgot to ask how long they have been in business - it's likely they already have a following, but I did not find any mention on this Board, and a place like this certainly merits a mention. The Indian food scene, especially the south Indian scene in SD is nothing special, and this place adds a welcome dimension. I am keen to know if other hounds have been here and if their experiences were positive, or different.

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