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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Willisinaustin

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

    2. 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!

      1. 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.

        1. 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

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

              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.

            2. 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. 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. 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

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

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

                    1. re: sbhlaw

                      Feel free to visit Bert's other, still open ,location
                      Bert's Bar-B-Q Address:
                      3563 Far West Blvd Ste 109
                      Austin, TX
                      78731-3029
                      Phone: (512) 345-2378
                      Hours:
                      Mon-Fri 11am-8pm
                      Sat 11am-7pm

                      1. re: scrumptiouschef

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