Spicy City: Slow Burn in San Diego’s Kearny Mesa

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Spicy City: Slow Burn in San Diego’s Kearny Mesa
Spicy City
4690 Convoy Street
San Diego, CA 92111
858 278 1818

Date of Visit: April 13, 2013


San Diego struggles to find a gastronomic identity beyond the gastropub, but a good place to start your culinary journey in Ron Burgundy’s backyard remains Kearny Mesa. The neighborhood houses more than a mile of strip malls that are mostly devoted to Asian restaurants. Spicy City is one of the neighborhood’s best options, resting in the back of a strip mall, which showcases the dishes of China’s Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. They might as well lash the sprawling menu with chile oil and chile pods, since they’re so integral the cuisine. Occasional greenery helps tame the slow burn, but won’t stop inevitable stains.

The Scene

Spicy City graces Plaza del Sol, a strip mall that isn’t as fancy as the name suggests. Expect mirrored walls, red paper lanterns, and not much more, which keeps people focused on food.

Must Order Food

  • Snow bean Leaf w/Garlic ($11.99)
  • Chef's Special Green Beans ($8.99)
  • Fried Lamb with Cumin ($11.99)
  • Szechuan Style Spicy Fish ($12.99)

Nearby Culture



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