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Best Chili Fries

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It may not be high cuisine but I love a good chili fries w/ cheese. So I went to lunch today at 'The Hat' and ordered their version of chili fries.
Man, they are the best chili fries I've ever had. Lots of grated cheddar cheese, good quality chili with lots of ground beef and no beans, all over a big pile of hot fries. Mmmmmmmmmm !
Can anyone recommend another spot with good chili fries ?

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  1. Mo' Bettah Meaty Meat Burgers (Fairfax and Pico) does a good version, with their excellent home-cut fries.

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    1. re: SKU

      Chili my Soul on Balboa Blvd in Encino. Don't have the address handy. Homemade french fries and incredible chili (they have something like 30 different types, from the traditional to the nouveau). Perfect.

      1. re: SKU

        1)YES! There's no bettah than Mo Bettah''... AND, for the dieter in your party, they have Chili Fritos!

        2) How come no one's mentioned Tommy's? As with their burgers, you wouldn't want the fries w/out the chili or the chili w/out the fries, but put em together y voilA!

        3)had top 5 fries (no chili) yesterday in Leimert Park at a place called (I think) The Kitchen (definitely no relation to the Slake spot); right across from the actual park; it's a BBQ joint. Make that top 3 fries.

        PS thanks to the person w/the guts to get real re Pink's. I hope it lasts forever, but it sucks.

        1. re: Est Nyboer

          How chili fritos can be lower calorie than regular fries with chili, you've got me -- fritos are the highest calorie chip of them all!

          That being said, I love chili fries, so I'm glad this thread was started.

          I like those from Fatburger, and also, those from Rick's (on Fletcher and Riverside).

          P.S. All those people who are saying Tommy's or Pink's need to venture out.

        2. re: SKU

          The HAT's chili fries are incredible!

          I didn't know that Mo' Bettah Meaty Meat Burgers was still around? Has anyone been there recently cause that and Hawkins are on my CARDIAC lunch alert list!

          1. re: nrique

            Mo' Bettah has unfortunately been gone for years...

            1. re: schrutefarms

              It was open at the time in Aug. 2002 when SKU posted that.

          2. Tops in Pasadena. I love their chili fries. Good thin fries topped with loads of meaty, no-beans chili. I actually can't stand the chili fries at the Hat. From my experience, there's hardly any beef at all in that chili, and it's way too greasy.

            For the record, I also love the Pastrami sandwiches at Tops. They're done like Johnnie's or the Hat (boiled), but piled twice as thick as the Hat. Also has great burgers.

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            1. re: Bert

              Where in Pasadena is Tops?

              1. re: Scott

                Check the link below. there are two locations. one is off of colorado just east of rosemead, and the other is on walnut and allen or something like that...

                Link: http://www.topsburgers.com

              2. re: Bert

                I agree. I love Tops chili fries.... yum!!

              3. That's interesting -- never had chili fries at The Hat, but I don't really care for their regular fries: Too starchy (as opposed to having a bit of crispiness) ....Maybe the chili helps!

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                1. re: Scooter Pie

                  The Hat fries ROCK, you know you are eating real potatoes!

                  1. re: chino wayne

                    Well, I guess our tastes in fries are pretty divergent, Wayne!

                    My current faves are maybe not even technically fries -- but I love the pommes frites at Le Petit Bistro. Crispy and sliced thin. Very European. (But I can't imagine them with chili!)

                    1. re: Scooter Pie

                      You probably already know this, but pommes frites is French for "fried potatoes." This is why us Yanks call 'em French fries. Technically, pommes frites are the original definition of "fries." But maybe it's also because "Belgian fries" just doesn't roll off the tongue as smoothly.

                      1. re: Chris G.

                        I had always understood that the term "french" in french fries referred to the way the potato is cut (i.e., it's frenched) rather than to the country of origin. (See link below).

                        Link: http://food.epicurious.com/run/fooddi...

                        1. re: David Kahn

                          Very interesting info. Perhaps "french" is also in reference to the way that they are eaten with your tongue.

                          1. re: Chris G.

                            Yikes -- maybe you ought to get those chili fries to go...

                      2. re: Scooter Pie

                        I can also go with a really good shoestring fry.

                    2. re: Scooter Pie

                      Yes, the fries at The Hat are always under cooked.

                    3. simply put -- PINKS!

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                      1. re: Rio90027

                        sorry, but PINK'S STINKS.
                        how can you call that chili????
                        Barney's Beanery beats that crap.
                        Actually, I have to say, BB's is my fave over Johnnie Rockets but I haven't been to 'the Hat'.

                        1. re: Ivana Yeate

                          Pink's fries suck as well, hence the chili fries couldn't be good either.

                          Pink's makes an OK hot dog, but how much of a culinary achievement is that? Not much of one.

                          I honestly don't know why people persist in claiming it's a worthwhile palce.

                        2. re: Rio90027

                          Agreed, Pinks chili fries are very good.

                        3. m
                          Mrs. Marshall

                          Okay, normally I go for the really good cheddar cheese, and the lean ground beef chili type foods, but c'mon! When we're eating chili(cheese) fries, all that flies right out the door and we're looking for the most decadant treat we can find - right!?!

                          Well, I've found mine at Tommy's Original. That signature chili that I NEVER want to know what's in it goes perfectly with their relatively new addition french fries and that processed american cheese food product they put on top. Mmmm...mmmm...

                          1. If you're feeling daring, I've seen people order chili fries with pastrami at The Hat.

                            1. The Hat makes THE BEST chili cheese fries. I recommended the pickle and tomato on them, enhances the already amazing dish.

                              We saw some folks with some of that yummy pastrami on their chili cheese fries when we visited last week. Hmmm...might be worth a shot.

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                              1. re: SK

                                I think Lucky Boy in Pasadena has the best chili cheese fries. Absolute decadence, but so worth it, especially on a late night...You feel it the next day though. Where can one get good chili cheese fries in the OC???? I tried Ted's Place in Aliso Viejo, and they don't come close to LB's version.

                                1. re: High Maintenance

                                  LUCKY BOYS!!! LUCKY BOYS!!!....oh do you ever pay for it! I have been sending people here for years....tons of cheese! Delicious!

                              2. i second the hat chili fries...i always ask for extra crispy

                                1. I personally don't care for the chili fries at The Hat. Their fries just aren't that good - they're under cooked. Their chili is good, however.

                                  The best chili fries I've had in LA is at Lucky Devils in Hollywood. Their fries are properly fried, and they make their chili with kobe beef. It's a little more high end than The Hat, but well worth it. It's some of the best chili I've ever had too.

                                  The chili fries at Pinks are really good too.

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                                  1. re: spankbot

                                    Every time I order fries anywhere - I ask for them well done. Even Pink's. You may want to give The Hat another try - ask for them well done.

                                  2. The Soul Fries at Chili My Soul. Yummy, shoestring, and you choose your favorite chili from the menu.

                                    1. When I saw the title of the post---The Hat was the 1st thing I thought of. I'm not really sure one person can eat an order, must be spilt.

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                                      1. re: Scotty

                                        I can eat a whole order by myself, I pay for it after, but when I am eating them, I don't care about the consequences. My girlfriend always wants to share but I tell her that I am going to eat them all. I order them with extra cheese! I go to the one in Alhambra on the corner of Valley Blvd and Garfield.

                                      2. OK maybe you will laugh - but Ruby's have good chili fries.

                                        The fries are crispy, and the chili is mainly shredded beef, not mystery meat.

                                        As opposite from Tommy's as it gets. While I like Tommy's chili dog, the fries tend to be a bit too thick and limp.

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                                        1. re: notmartha

                                          I find Tommy's disgusting. The burgers are dry, even though they are doused in what they call "Chili", the fries are soggy, and the "chili" is terrible.

                                          1. re: Diana

                                            Ruby's are pretty good. And I'll probably get nailed for this, but Der Wienerschnitzel isn't bad either.

                                            1. re: thericequeen

                                              I agree on Weinerschnitzel's. Always well done. I sprinkle salt on top and am in heaven! I think Tommy's are good too, although I specify "Extra well done" they never come out that way, so I have to eat them right away (and I usually don't eat all the fries anyways, but I do try to eat all the chili). The other day I went to Tommy's for lunch and got the chili cheese fries and a hot dog (but instead of getting it with the usual chili & cheese, I got it with just mustard and onions), and I have got to tell you, that hot dog was fantastic! Usually it is covered by the taste of the chili and it masks how good the dog is, but from now on, I will be getting the hot dog that way. Really great!

                                              1. re: WildSwede

                                                Uh I Like the Chili Cheese Fries from.......Del taco ytou have to eat them as soon as you get them the crinkle cut fries work good with the chili & cheese my 2cents

                                              2. re: thericequeen

                                                OMG Ricequeen - at least you won't be alone in exile. Ruby's and DerDog are my favorites. I always "clean" my chili-cheese dog wrapper with my fries. "Cheese paper" (ala Derdog and In-n-Out), are one of life's guilty pleasures.

                                          2. The best chili cheese fries I've ever had is at Cypress Best Burger. It is huge! I can never finish it. A few years ago, it used to be $2.25 for an order!!! Now, I think it's a little less than $4 for an order. Much tastier and cheaper than The Hat.

                                            Cypress Best Burgers
                                            3249 N Figueroa St
                                            Los Angeles, CA 90065-1525
                                            Phone: (323) 223-1505

                                            1. TOMMY'S!!!!!! Also, a lot of people mention chili my soul. Is it the same owners as The Griddle? I've noticed that their chili is called just that.

                                              1. I recently had the chili cheese tater tots at Sonic in Fullerton. Now it might not seem special, but the super crispy puffs of hot tater tots covered with some pretty good beef chili and shredded cheddar were simply awesome.
                                                I will have to agree with you on the Hat's version. Still my favorite. And if you're ever daring, try the pastrami chili cheese fries....they slap hot pastrami on top of the chili and cheese. Make sure they include chopped tomatoes and pickles on top, too...the acid brings a nice balance to the amount of grease you are comsuming.

                                                Sonic Drive In
                                                1632 N Lemon Street, Anaheim, CA

                                                1. there is oki dog on pico blvd its quite excellent. but ur gonna have to take a jog after lol

                                                  1. Another favorite, Johnnie rockets

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                                                    1. re: Skunk2Racer

                                                      I used to get these all the time in high school. They always hit the spot.

                                                    2. I just had some Friday night at The Stand in Encino. Do NOT waste your time! They were garbage, and not in a good, junk-food kind of way.

                                                      Ubiquitous, squarish, low-level chain fries with a bit of chili that was FAR too tomato-y/ketchupy sweet, with about the lowest grade of nacho chees (think sub-Taco Bell) to put on top.

                                                      I will give them credit for putting large, fresh onion chunks on top, though.

                                                      1. I'm really not a chili cheese fry guy, but a bud had some at Carneys on the Sunset Strip the other day and I think I ate most of them. pretty tasty.