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Jul 14, 2009 10:24 PM

Original Tommy's vs Tommy Jr.'s Chili Taste-Off

The OC Register recently printed the results of an informal taste-off between Original Tommy's chili against a new rival, Tommy Jr's Original Chili. The latter is owned by the son of the Original Tommy's burger stand founder in L.A. and he claims that his chili is the original meat-only chili recipe that his father used over 60 years ago (I attached the entire newspaper article below). The chili taste-off was easily won by Tommy Jr.'s and I'm very anxious to try it. According to the article, unless you go on-line to and have it shipped, the only other way to buy the chili is at some Food 4 Less stores..... Any comments from Hounds who have ate Tommy Jr's chili?---And does anyone know what markets are carrying it?

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  1. It sounds like the original is not the "original" that made Tommy's famous. The corporate food devil strikes again. Another famous LA creation that is not the same are those chocolate chip cookies once made by Wally Amos -- once known as "Famous Amos" but the real deal can still be had. from Chip and Cookie.

    Chip and Cookie.

    1. I found the photo hard to read, so here's the link to the OCR's webpage. I'm gonna have to try this!

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      1. re: upstarter

        Thanks upstarter, the original print article did not include those wonderful photos shown in the on-line article.

      2. That's what I'd love to know! I've seen this question posted a few times and no one has ever answered it - What Food 4 Less and/or Ralph's markets have you ACTUALLY SEEN this Tommy's Chili in? I haven't been able to find it anywhere.

        I spoke to a Food 4 Less employee on the phone, asking they carried the chili, they said they didn't, but his store manager absolutely saw it at a Ralph's (same parent company) in Hollywood. When I pressed him on what specific location of Ralph's in Hollywood his manager saw it, he said the manager couldn't remember.

        In the meantime, I've checked just about every Food 4 Less in the Valley and I've yet to see it anywhere.

        Details please on who actually carries it.


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        1. re: rockhead

          If you read the OC Register article some people who left comments mentioned the Food 4 Less stores where they found the chili but they're all OC folks. But at least it shows that some of the Food 4 Less stores do actually carry it, Someone said the staff didn't know anything about it but they found the chili anyway, near the premade sandwiches.

        2. Big deal that Tommy Jr's chili won the taste-off.
          He's got an uphill battle to get his product off the ground. He's basking in the old mans glory and he can't get beyond selling chili by mail and spotty Food 4 Less distribution.
          He's not going to get any help from Original Tommy's.

          The only solution to put himself on the map would be a Tommy's Jr. that sells his chili recipe on burgers and hot dogs, but I'm sure there's some kind of family non-compete clause.