Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Nov 9, 2007 05:00 PM

Looking for the best chili in LA

I'm having a party next weekend and would love to serve chili. With Chasen's out of the game, we're looking for suggestions on the best place to go to for take-out or catered chili. Any ideas?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Chili My Soul

    Chili My Soul
    4928 Balboa Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

    2 Replies
      1. re: wutzizname

        Gotta say I was less than impressed by Chili My Soul.

        I think that in their effort to have so many varieties, they lose focus on the basic idea. They should have one signature chili and rotate the other varieties.

        We must have tried 9 of the versions available at the time and none of them were spectacular.

      2. Whole Foods does a good chili

        1. Chili John's in Burbank is the best chili in L.A.

          Chili My Soul is a close contender, and they do have a greater variety (30+ flavors, with at least a dozen available every day). But CJ's is the real deal.

          Chili John's
          2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

          2 Replies
          1. re: maxzook

            Definitely second Chili John's for the best chili in LA!

            1. re: SoCal Foodie

              Finally tried this place last night. Bought the chicken chili (with spaghetti) for my wife and I had the beef (sans beans). Delicious flavors, but man, the beef chili is real-deal, stick-to-your-ribs stuff that sits like a gut bomb. The amount of oily grease was insane, but dang that's good chili.

          2. Please ... Chili My Soul hands down - the best chili i have ever had

            1. Try Engine Co. No. 28 in downtown LA. Really good meaty, clean taste.


              5 Replies
              1. re: ipsedixit

                ipse, #28 is one of our favorites also.

                1. re: russkar

                  #28 missed the mark for me. It is a bit too "refined" or gentrified. They make it with filet mignon, which may be a very tender cut, but I think good chili should be from a more robust, heartier cut of meat, if you will, made from chuck or another flavorful cut that benifits from long low heat cooking.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  I've been plotting to try their meatloaf...any opinions on that?

                  1. re: broncosaurus


                    I would pass on the meatloaf. While it's been a while since I've had it, the one time I did try it the meatloaf was tasteless and rubbery.

                    In fact, most of the stuff at Engine Co. is pretty subpar. I usually just run in to get an order of chili and garlic fries take-out. That's about as useful as Engine Co. gets for me.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      It used to be one of their best comfort food items. I admit it's been too long since I have tried it and maybe they changed the recipe. For awhile it was my favorite meatloaf second only to the one that was found at 72 Market St. in Venice.