Been gone for a long time and on my return I found Bishop's Chili on 18th. and Damen gone, gone, gone. Just plain bulldozed and replaced by an industrial building.
Does anyone know if they moved, and if so, where? Also, where can I get my Filberts Rootbeer fix now?
At least Playa Azul and Neuva Leon is still alive on 18th.
There were 2 or 3 other Bishops in the western suburbs. Maybe someone more familiar with that area can confirm if they are still around.
For Filberts root beer you can go to Lindys Chili. I think Mellow Yellow in Hyde Park serves it too (something about Filberts and chili). NN Smokehouse was the only place Ive seen it on the north side. Im not sure if the new place in NNs old location (with almost the same menu) still carries it.
But why not go to the source? The Filberts factory is definitely worth a visit; there cant be many of these old places left anywhere. It's just a little brick building in west Bridgeport. They've been at it since 1926, but only at that location since 1992. When you walk in the side door you're in a sort of a loading area with cases of pop everywhere. Toward the back there's an old bottling line clanking away, capping the bottles one by one. It's a lot of fun to watch and the place smells wonderful.
And it's really cheap. Not long ago a case of no return twist-offs was $8 and a case of quarts ran $6 (+ $3 deposit). If you're really serious about this root beer thing you can get a keg (don't know the price but I'm sure it's a great deal). They also make quite a few other flavors.
3430 S Ashland Av
open until 5 Mon-Sat
re: Rene G
When I was a kid, the Filbert's factory was on Archer Ave., right near where 31st. curves to hit Archer, near the river. I remember the bottle clinking sounds.
In my family, there is a life-long debate between the Lindy's faction and the Bishops' people.
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to learn of Bishop's branches and that Filbert's is alive and bottling. I will make the trek. Thanks.
re: Leemarie Bonk
Bishops Chili used to be available frozen in some supermarkets but Im not sure if it still is. I havent specifically looked for it (even though I always enjoyed going to the old place on 18th and Damen I was never a huge fan of their chili). It looks like they now have only a single store, in North Riverside. They have a website (link below) with contact information so you could ask them if its sold elsewhere. You could also mail order directly through their website.
There is a Bishop's Chili in North Riverside. They
use to be on Roosevelt Rd. and Harlem Ave. which is
now a Walgreens.
I eat there about once a Month and love the good ole'
I know this answer is about 12 years too late for Jack, but there is still one original Bishop's Chili bar/restaurant left in the Chicago area. It is about 15 miles west of downtown Chicago on Cass Ave in Westmont. Good old-time chili!