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Apr 30, 2009 10:33 PM

Tub's Fine Chili, Culver City - A Quick Hit

Whizzing down Overland in Culver City as we are very prone to do, my wife, Dommy!, screamed excitedly when she first saw the sign. "We've got a Chili joint near us!!" And I took a look and there it was in the place of the former 2Go Subs.

I saw they were open and stopped by to get a sample and maybe take some home to the wife.

The guy behind the counter was friendly and with with the samples. They were out of the Steak town and the Turkey drive but I did try a Tiny and I do mean Tiny, sample of the Chuck Wagon Grind, Smoked Pig, Chicken & Spurs, and the Cattlemen's Pass.

The Chili's had no heat. The heat is added in with their special TNT sauce but for some reason in the end I didn't end up with any. But for the Little tastes I did get there was potential. I walked out of there with the Cattleman's Pass which is the Veggie chili. it had Soy "meat', veggies and Beans Served on top of a toasted Pita formed into a bowl or as they say a Tub. The Chili was well rounded and Flavorful minus the heat and its worth a trip back to at least try some of the others and to get the hot sauce. Plus they have Sides of Fried Potato rounds and they will put chili on pasta or Pizza. Though there is no sign of a chili dog anywhere.

The other reason to go is the kitsch factor. They've Cowboy-ed the place with rope accents everywhere and all the the employees wearing the Cowboy hats with the logo and the Cowgirl manning the register is just the cutest thing.

It seems a bit random and a bit out of season to get excited about a chili restaurant opening up the street..but we'll be coming back 'round to try more now ya'hear!

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    Tub's Fine Chili
    4263 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

    1. Patrick, we're going to try this place. It sounds more interesting than Chili My Soul here in the SFV. Thanks for the heads up!.

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      1. re: TomSwift

        Chili My Soul has more varieties... but I like this base WAY better... Although vegetarian, the chili had body and hearty taste... much better than any veggie chili I've tried...


        1. re: Dommy

          you guys should try the veggie chili at earlez grille on crenshaw, near expositon. or is it rodeo. great stuff, and topped on a tamale it goes down great.

          1. re: kevin

            I have had it but Dommy hasn't and so far I like Tub's Better. But I need to go back to tubs and check it out more thoroughly to have a better sense of the place.

            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              if tub's is better for veggie chili then it's pretty darn good. did you just have a free sample or a bowl of it so that you more than a few tastes.

              so they have veggie chili, an all beef chili, and a pork an chicken chili?

              1. re: kevin

                I brought home a Bowl which Dommy and I shared. I am thinking I will have to Go back to earls and Retaste.

                They have Steak & Beans, Ground Chuck[ no Beans], Pork & Blackeyed Peas, Turkey & Beans, Chicken & Garlic [No Beans] Plus the Veggie which has beans

                1. re: kevin

                  OK So I biked over to Earle's today for lunch and I'd misremembered Earle's. But essentially Earle's and Tub's are two different chilis.

                  Earle's is trying to mimic a meat and bean chili that would be great on a dog and hardy enough to eat by itself. It also has a slight sweeteness that reminds me of Baked beans but that may be used to mask the soy flavor which is didn't taste in the dish.

                  Tub's Veggie is too hearty for a Hot Dog. It has lots of different veggies in it and not too saucy But it is very flavorful.

                  I'm not sure i could pick one over the other, but I'm glad they're both around.

                  Take Care.

                  - P.

                  Earle's Grill
                  4326 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008

                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                    I really like Earle's veggie chili, but yeah, I'll try Tub's soon.

                    At Earle's a good way to go, is the Thriller, veggie tamale with cheddar cheese, pickles, peppers, and of course the veggie chili (keep in mind this might just be vegetarian, but of course not vegan, though you can get soy cheese there, though i haven't tried the soy chz yet.

              2. re: kevin

                I drove past Earlez just the other night on my way down to Pann's and wondered if it was good. Anything worthwhile beyond the chili and tamales, kevin?

          2. Chili on sphagetti?!? Do I smell Cincinnati-style chili? Do they have anything with the classic OH chili cinnamon-clove-spice flavors? My Cincinnati born and raised SO will thank you!

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            1. re: jdwdeville

              I think there's a place in Burbank or somewhere that serves the kind of "chili" you're describing. 3-way or 5-way chili, however, does not depend on that stuff for its existence. An ancient lunch joint in Nashville, Varallo's, specialized in bowls of their own chili (still available in cans, I think, though the restaurant closed about 10 years ago) with beans and spaghetti (3-way) or the same plus cheese and something else (hot dogs? ravioli?) for the 5-way. And whenever I'm finishing up a pot of leftover chili for lunch, I nearly always add it to either spaghetti or egg noodles.

              Oddly enough, someone opened a Cincinnati-style chili place in Nashville maybe 20 years ago, called Queen City Diner, but closed after failing to build a clientele beyond the few homesick Cincinnati emigrés.

              1. re: Will Owen

                by burbank, Do you mean chili john's/ they do serve there chili many ways, but they are not from cinncinatti but rather green bay (the also have the oringial in green bay, but that one has been sold and resold many times and the chili has suffered)

                1. re: kevin

                  Sorry, I just had the impression that CJ or whoever had a Cincy option. I have been wrong before, enough times that I'm used to it...

            2. Went to Tub's today. Variety. Commitment. Flavor City in Culver City,especially the (pulled) pork, (garlic) chicken, and (meaty) steak recipes. Good, filling American food can be tough to come by in LA and as a Mid-Western college boy I know it when I see it. Straight off the chuck wagon taste served up on a unique flat bread reminded me of my famous "bread on the bottom" chili recipe. Pick it up and eat it taco style. Don't be afraid to "gun sling it" for their comfort food sides (especially the slaw). A little joint with fun country style. If only they served Fritos and Budweiser. Chili comes mild, so get liberal with the special hot sauce.

              1. Thanks for the info about a new chili place! I'll have to check Tub's out VERY soon as I'm a BIG chili lover! To some of the posts I've read out here, yes, Chili John's (in Burbank), does have Chili Mac...chili served over pasta. You can also get it by the bowl there, but, the chili mac is my favorite way to get their chili. And, yes, Chili My Soul has 30 or so varieties, so, they do have more varieties than Tub's, which, from their website, seems to be about 5 or 6 different varieties. And, yes, Earlez has really good veggie chili!

                One place I haven't see anyone mention is a fabulous chili place I recently discovered called Chili Addiction. They sell chili, chili dogs, chili over macaroni. I found them, of all places, at the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sundays. They're kind of tough to find as they are on a small alley, but, they are well worth the hunt as they have really excellent chili and, over 70 varieties, including many veggy ones! (although they only bring a handful with them each week). I had the Prime Rib chili and was amazed.

                Anyway, it's great to hear that LA has a new chili place and I can't wait to check it out....I'll be sure to report back after I've given them a try, :) YUMM!

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                1. re: lderringer

                  Is the new chili place only there on sundays as part of the Farmer's Market?


                  1. re: kevin

                    kevin, I believe you are correct. As of now I think they only sell chili during the hours of the market on Sunday, but, I believe they'll also do catering and deliver if you are close to the Hollywood area.