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Looking for a chili place in vienna va

yossarian22e Feb 6, 2008 05:45 PM

I was recently told about a place in vienna va with good chili. I can't remember the name that was told to me but i wan to check it out. Does anyone happen to have an idea which place it might be?

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    Ericandblueboy Jul 11, 2008 08:16 AM

    Recently went to Vienna Inn. It was my third visit in the last 5 years. Each time I've had their chili dogs. I know it's a cheap dive but I've never had such flavorless hotdogs before. The chili tasted fine but the hotdogs themselves had a mushy texture and no taste. I would definitely pay more for tastier dogs.

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    1. re: Ericandblueboy
      BigEats Jul 11, 2008 10:30 AM

      Chili and the Vienna Inn are synonymous.

      But the solution to your mushy dog is Del Marei Grill in Alexandria. As it turns out, the chef-owner's wife is the grand daughter of the Abraham family who started the Vienna Inn many years ago. As a tribute to the Abraham family, the chef-owner at Del Merei travels to Vienna once a week for about 40 lbs. of the original chili, and he serves a version of the Vienna Inn chili dog at the bar at Del Merei. He replaced the tired old white bun at the Vienna Inn with a potato bun, and he grills the hot dogs instead of beer-steaming them. Other than that, it's the Vienna Inn chili dog at Del Merei.

    2. monkeyrotica Feb 7, 2008 11:38 AM

      There's a Hard Times Cafe in Herndon, but I don't know if I'd go out of the way to get their chili.


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        gingerbread girl Feb 6, 2008 06:22 PM

        Could you be talking about Vienna Inn? They have good chili dogs.

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          dcskinsfan Feb 7, 2008 10:16 AM

          Yea, I'd guess you mean the Vienna Inn. Good dogs, but beware, it's a dive...as I think good chili places should be.

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          dcish Feb 6, 2008 05:50 PM

          jammin' java?

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