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Your favorite bowl of red in Austin?

jwynne2000 Mar 4, 2007 06:44 PM

I've had a craving for some good chili lately and wanted to get some opinions on some of the best in town. I've tried Texas Chili Parlor a couple of times. I didn't really like the texture of their chili... it's a little too thick. I like mine to be a little more...i don't know... "soupier".

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    jwynne2000 May 19, 2007 05:58 AM

    I tried the chili at Third Base last night and was quite pleased. It was a no-bean variety, with an ample amount of tender shredded beef and a nice thin layer of red grease on top. Spiciness was adequate... I usually like mine a little hotter. Served with very generous piles of shredded cheese and jalapenos on top (so much so that I'd recommend getting it on the side).

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    1. re: jwynne2000
      sbhlaw May 20, 2007 03:45 PM

      you wouldn't think it but ruby's bbq on guadalupe has great chili

      the t-man was awesome, but bert's is gone

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        scrumptiouschef May 20, 2007 07:06 PM

        Feel free to visit Bert's other, still open ,location
        Bert's Bar-B-Q Address:
        3563 Far West Blvd Ste 109
        Austin, TX
        Phone: (512) 345-2378
        Mon-Fri 11am-8pm
        Sat 11am-7pm

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          sbhlaw May 21, 2007 02:43 PM

          didnt know there was another location. thank you for that info.

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      yimay Mar 20, 2007 09:24 PM

      i'm not a vegan but i'm in love with the vegan chili at dog almighty. don't even try the regular beef chili. it's terrible.

      1. tom in austin Mar 20, 2007 06:56 PM

        Not sure if this counts as a "bowl of red", nor if this delicious dish is still an option, but my favorite "chili" in town was Bert's BBQ's Turbo T-MAN. A mixed slurry of various BBQ meats, beans, and (optionally) fritos, this thing was an amazing punch in the face.

        I enjoy Texas Chili Parlour, but nothing there blows me away. If they have an amazing dish I'm missing, please let me know.

        1. Chicago Wine Geek Mar 6, 2007 09:08 AM

          Another vote for the Texas Chili Parlor. When I used to stay at the Doubletree on 15th, I ate there a lot!

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            achtungpv Mar 7, 2007 03:35 AM

            I went there last winter and dunno if it was because I was, an off day or what, but I got the XX as usual and it consisted of 3 big chunks of steak in a watery brown gravy. Tasted more like a stew than chili. I was horrified. Hopefully that was fluke. A few years ago I'd go once a week. Now I only get over there once a year or so and want it to be good.

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            austxtinker Mar 5, 2007 05:37 PM

            I was really surprised when I tasted a companion's bowl of red at Texas Land and Cattle at south location. It had great texture and chili taste that reminded me of the bowl of red that I got as a kid at the Midland Ranch House....a taste that I strive for when I make my own.

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            1. re: austxtinker
              Rene Mar 6, 2007 07:51 AM

              Texas Land and Cattle seems to make a traditional Texas chili... just meat and spices, little if any tomato. It was a very pleasant surprise. This was at the Lakeline location and it's been a year or so.

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              achtungpv Mar 5, 2007 12:49 PM

              PokEJoe's BBQ actually has pretty good chili...at the Parmer location anyway. Got it as a side dish and was surprised it was actually pretty authentic...steak instead of hamburger and pretty spicy.

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                sambamaster Mar 5, 2007 08:17 AM

                Chili Parlor is decent. if it's too think, pour in some beer....thin it out the cowboy way! too thick???? are you kidding. Where ya from, Cincinnati? No five-ways here!

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                  Willisinaustin Mar 5, 2007 08:14 AM

                  I'm a fan of a bowl of XXX at the Texas Chili Parlor but then I can't stand my chili to be "soupy".

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                    hooliganyouth Mar 5, 2007 09:30 AM

                    I second that emotion. I like to fight an epic battle with my chili.

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