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ejohn Jan 29, 2007 07:03 AM

Any recommendations? Thanks.

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    richg RE: ejohn Feb 12, 2007 11:48 AM

    Hey John! I noticed that nobodys replied to your post. Not many chiliheads here I guess, plus it is hard to find a good bowl of chili. I tried/checked out over 100 and found mixed results. I'd like to do a more complete report sometime. For right now, I like these places; Biscuits Cafe, Gladstone Street Pub, Henry's Cafe, Iron Horse Restaurant (best pork chili), Laurelwood Public House (Space Stout), McMenamins, Nick's Coney Island, Pal's Shanty, & River City Saloon (good black bean). It turns out most places serve canned of some sort. I haven't found a good place that serves chicken chili and the vegetarian ones are so-so. Let me know of any places you've checked out and what you think. Hope this helps....Rich

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      MichaelG RE: ejohn Feb 13, 2007 09:18 AM

      One place you haven't checked is Podnah's. Neither have I. Review in the A&E, however was promising.

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        extramsg RE: MichaelG Feb 15, 2007 01:42 PM

        I like both Podnah's and Ken's Place's chili. I don't know if either is exactly what people are looking for when they think of chili, but both taste good. I'd like to hear more of Rich's results -- more detailed descriptions of his favorites. That's quite an undertaking. Also, I'd like to know when he actually found Nick's Coney Island open.

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          MichaelG RE: extramsg Feb 15, 2007 02:40 PM

          The thing about Nick's being open is it's a lunch place. But it looks like a bar. That's the issue. People think its a bar but its a lunchoenette that looks like a bar. Problem is, I would never want to go to a greasy hot dog place for lunch. I'd love to go there for beers during the dinner hour or late night. What a great place it would be for that 2:00 a.m. beer and chowdown of a hot dog or chili. What perfect spot for the hipsters to gather for that late night drunken feast to soak up all the alcohol!

          Just one of those bizarre incongruencies I guess.

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            extramsg RE: MichaelG Feb 15, 2007 09:12 PM

            I have gone by all hours of all days. Only by accident once did I go by and it was open. However, I had just eaten.

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        medorand RE: ejohn Feb 13, 2007 05:21 PM

        My favorite bowl of chili is on S.E. Belmont (at 33rd St.) at a place called Laughing Planet. It's for real bean people (vegetarian also), so if you're looking for Texan chili this is not the right place. But if you want spicy, fresh, and beany...go.

        1. SanseiDesigns RE: ejohn Feb 15, 2007 01:50 PM

          Is Nick's Coney Island still open? I used to go there on the openning day of Cub's baseball season - packed!

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            PDXChilihead RE: ejohn Aug 5, 2007 06:56 AM

            Hey ejohn! Check out my report at http://portlandfood.org/index.php?sho.... Feel free to add your comments. Hope it helps!

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