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Hit Chili My Soul today where I found that they just raised all of their prices -- significantly.

A basic bowl jumped from $9.95 to $12.95. That's a full 30% increase. Add one small soda and tax and my bill was $16.45.

Maybe that'd be reasonable at a sit-down restaurant, but CMS is basically a take-out joint, with a tip jar on the counter and self-serve soda in paper cups.

The Chili is good, yes. But I always thought the servings were kinda miserly, making it a bit overpriced at $9.95 a bowl. Now, with these new prices, it's just way outta line.

Don't think I'll ever go back.

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  1. That sucks. I love the Mindy Remix but I'm not paying over $15 for it. Harrumph.

    1. unfortunate. thanks for the heads up. I remember their diablo 10 chili being the only chili i couldn't eat. i couldn't even finish the sample cup.

      1. I agree. I like the chili but don't go very often because it is more than I want to spend for lunch.And when I go my son usually wants to go too.I usually only go when I have discount coupons.

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        1. re: chuck

          Other places serve Chili My Soul... try Jinky's, as they usually have at least 5-6 varieties a day.

          1. re: Emme

            Emme, I thought I saw another thread a while back in which it was determined that Jinky's doesn't serve chili from CMS. Anyone know which is correct, (or if my mind is playing tricks on me again and I didn't see something about Jinky's not serving CMS chili)?

            1. re: Servorg

              Found the post I recalled (and which confirms that Jinky's no longer serves chili from CMS): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/45908...

              1. re: Servorg

                how strange! i was just there a couple of months back and my mama ate it over a baked potato... weird.

                1. re: Emme

                  Jinky's hasn't had "actual" Chili My Soul chili for years. They had a contract with Chlii my Soul for about ten years, in which they produced the Chili My Soul flavors using Chili My Soul recipes, in their own kitchen. Then the two owners had some sort of falling out.

                  Jinky's, rather than giving up on their popular Chilis slightly modified all of the recipes, took the Chili my Soul name off their menu, and changed the spellings or wordsings if the names of the flavors very slightly.

                  As such, Jinky's "Spicy Mango Chicken chili" is superior in quality, flavor, and portion size (and three bucks cheaper) than the "Habanero Mango Chicken chili" at Chili my Soul, where the flavor was developed.

                  The only downside at Jinky's is that you don't get the Chili my Soul sides... which in my experience is no major loss.

                  1. re: Moomin

                    Thanks Moomin for clearing that up.

                    1. re: wutzizname

                      Had lunch at Jinky's yesterday. Didn't get the chili but confirmed that they're still serving their own versions, and still $9.50 a bowl.

          2. re: chuck

            Where can we get the coupons? Looks like we'll need them.

          3. $13 for chili at basically a self-serve/take-out? Bummers ... I still find some of their varieties irresistible but looks like I'll be going to that place less frequently. :(

            ~H.C.
            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

            1. Oh well. Chili my Soul has never really knocked my socks off, and definately not to the tune of 13 bucks. Anyone know of any other places that have a good chili?