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Need Super Bowl Chili...now that Chili My Soul is gone

My friends and have been chowing down on Chili My Soul chili for years now while we watch the Super Bowl.

Where do we get some premium chili-to-go now that CMS is no more? I'm in the Woodland Hills area, but someone is coming from Silverlake, so anything in-between is good.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Seems to be quite a bit of talk about Chili John's in Burbank. I've never been.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/684781

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    1. re: monku

      Thanks. I've been there and dig it. But, it's a bit out of the way. Other suggestions are welcome, or it may be time for a CJ run on Sunday.

        1. re: monku

          According to Yelp, Chili John's is closed Sundays and Mondays.

      1. re: monku

        Was a semi-frequent patron of CMS. Decent stuff. Chili John's, IMHO, was sub par - got take out and by the time I got home, say 20 minutes later, an inch of grease had formed on the top of the container. Could not bring myself to eat it. Just saying.

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        Chili John's
        2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

      2. Scroll down or do a search, this was covered in depth earlier in the week,

        1. If you're considering CJ's, which I can wholeheartedly recommend, I'd call Thursday (today) and confirm their hours. They have been known to be somewhat erratic at times.

          Also, consider getting the "chili kit". Take it home, throw it in the crock pot along with about 3/4 bottle of Guiness or Anchor Steam/Porter and a shot of Bourbon. I only use about half of the beans (it's a 5-6 lb. can). Cook on high until it just begins to boil and then reduce the temperature and let it cook down low and slow for couple of hours and it's good to go. Tastes even better after refrigeration and re-heating a day or so later. Don't forget the grated cheese and some crackers.

          Oh yeah, you'll need more beer and, perhaps, Bourbon (Single-Malt Scotch for me) to further enhance the game experience.

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          1. re: degustateur

            I can confirm that CJ is closed on Sundays. I have often eaten at the Buchanan Arms (good Scottish Pub and restaurant BTW) across the street on Sundays (hoping to get CJ chili to go) and CJ is sadly closed.

          2. There's almost too much about chili in today's Times Food section, including an article about the Dolores Chili Brick, widely used by such fine dining establishments as Philippe. That's good enough for me! Widely available in supermarkets and Costco, it's just the basic beef-and-chili formula to which you may add beans or chiles or tomatoes or whole baby goats if you want. I make the chili around here, but if I didn't feel like it this would be my choice. Especially for a giant pot.

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            1. re: Will Owen

              Dolores Chili Brick isn't bad in a pinch, I eat it whenever I go to Philippes. Met the owner at a Costco food show at the Commerce location and he seemed to deny it was made from beef hearts as a poster claimed on this site. Whatever, it's not bad.

              1. re: monku

                The beef hearts was part of the story as printed in the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

                1. re: Servorg

                  Yeah, must have been that guy Burt who eluded my beef heart question. Doesn't bother me it's stii good. I buy it and keep it in my freezer to make chili dogs.

                  1. re: monku

                    According to the Times story, Burt says the use ground beef heart in addition to the ground beef to add body to the mix. And the manager from Philippe said that their "secret" is that they thin their Brick chili with beef stock instead of water.

                1. re: BeenThereAteThat

                  Damn, sorry I'm answering this a year late - I ate it! If I'd known I coulda saved you some …

              2. Jinky's used to carry a pretty wide selection of chili from (IIRC) Chili My Soul. Don't know if they have stopped carrying it or have found another supplier or? In any case they might be worth a call to see if what their menu shows is still available or? http://www.jinkys.com/jinkys_menu.swf...

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                1. re: Servorg

                  It's been a long while since Jinky's carried Chili My Soul chili. Don't know what they carry nowadays.

                2. File under ~ For Future Reference:

                  Chili Addiction tried to open by now, but it looks like next week (hopefully/maybe). With 47+ varieties of Chili it would fill the gap left with the closure of Chili My Soul:

                  http://chiliaddiction.com/

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                  1. re: JBC

                    Chili Addiction store delayed but they're at the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings (Selma/Ivar).

                    1. re: JBC

                      I tried them at the farmer's market a few weeks ago and was disappointed. Tried two types and it was too oily and didn't really have a classic chili taste. Maybe it was just an off day or I didn't try the right types (I thought I got the two most vanilla ones, I asked them for the best ones to start with). I'll certainly try them again when they open the store but was disappointed with my first go at it.