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Jun 6, 2008 11:40 PM

ISO Best Chili Burger - meaning great chili too

Why is it that almost every time I order a chili burger, the chili is usually warmed over slop - basically a hot meat smoothie? Like Tommy's - sorta tasty in a soupy way, but obviously from a can. Is there anywhere to get a good quality burger with homemade-style (real meat) chili?


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    1. Fatburger uses good chili for their burgers (or separately). For best results, order the burger "on the char", so they charbroil it rather than grill it.

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      1. re: Steve Green

        To me, Fatburger's chili tastes like dog food. I'm a huge fan of Fatburger, but never order the chili there.

        1. re: OC Mutt

          Hey, Mutt, I guess you'd know about dog food. ;-)

          However, I also like Fatburger chili -- especially compared to the brown library paste at Tommy's. When I go nowadays, I often order two baby fatburgers w/chili, instead of one larger burger, and the tidy concoction is very good for a chainburger.

      2. Houston's Saturday Special is Chili.

        It is fantastic and they are known to run out.

        Houston's Restaurant
        10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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        1. re: kermalou

          do you happen to know if it's beef, turkey, or pork chili on Houston's on Saturdays?


          1. re: kevin

            It has always been beef in the past.

            1. re: kevin

              I've never seen Pork Chili anywhere. I know from other posts of yours that you avoid all things porcine but have you or anybody else seen Pork Chili on any menus? I had a math teacher in junior college, Richard Zucker, that was into chili competitions and gave me his recipe for a Pork Chili but I don't think that I have ever seen it on a menu. Thanks!

          2. I still say that the chili at Carney's, (either the Sunset Strip location or Studio City) has great chili burgers and dogs. If you want more of a "main course" type of chili then you might like Engine Co. 28 in downtown LA. They don't have a chili burger on the menu so you might need to order the burger and then a cup of chili to satisfy your urge.



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            1. re: Servorg

              I'm thinking along the lines of Carney's (which I haven't been to in a few years, but always liked) and Fat Burger. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll go bulk up now.

              1. re: Jeryy

                If you go to Carney's then try either the 1/2 lb. chili cheese burger or their double chili cheese burger. Also really good chili cheese fries. Look forward to reading your review no matter where you end up.

            2. try Chili My Soul in Encino. They make awesome chili. They have a burger on the menu and they would be happy to put their chili on anything you order.