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Sep 13, 2010 07:38 PM

Chronis in ELA

There has been some chat in the past about Chronis and its being taken over by someone new and their famous chili dog is not the same.
I picked up a newsletter from Greg Chronis, the owner and he dispels these rumors. He is now the sole owner after having bought out his uncle and co-owner George. Greg has been partner in ownership for over 16 years. He
guarantees in this newsletter that nothing has changed and in my opinion, it hasn't. He uses the same vedors and still serves the Hoffy N.C. 7 hotdogs.
The N.C. stands for "natural casings" and 7 stands for seven inch. Greg also indicates that he has been making Chronis "famous" chili for over twenty-two years and that hasn't change at all. They get deliveries from their meat supplier five days a week to ensure freshness to us the customers. They get everything fresh with the exception of the fries which are semi frozen.
Apparently the rumors got back to Greg and he has set the records straight.
So, for all the Chroni fans, it's still business as usual and as good.

5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

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  1. Chronis is in my rotation for chili dogs.

    5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

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    1. re: monku

      monku, what are the other top places in your chili-dog rotation?


      1. re: Harry Niletti

        In order of preference:
        Pink's for their mild Polish sausage with chili, onions and mustard.

        Fab and Skooby's but they are that convenient.

        Anywhere I see chili dog on the menu is fair game.

    2. Tried Chronis for the first time recently and was very disappointed with the chili dog. Although the dog meat was fine, the chili was very greasy and flavorless IMHO. The pastrami sandwich was also greasy and fatty. At least J&S saved the day for me on the way back home!

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      1. re: SoCal Foodie

        Not to sound like an old timer but in the late 70s and early 80s this was a great dog. In the last 15 years, well not so much. I'll just leave it at that.

        1. re: Bruin2

          Only change I've seen in 25+ years is it's been recently painted.

          1. re: Bruin2

            Interesting, same owner, same vendor, same recipes but "in the last 15 years, well not so much."

            1. re: Neta

              Well, to respond, I don't know that its the same owner, same vendor, and same recipe, though I certainly, read your original post. I'm not saying it isn't, but you know, saying its the same vendor , for example, doesn't mean the product is the same. And saying its the same recipe, for example, doesn't mean the meat in the chili is the same, or how long its been sitting, or whether its been in a freezer. What I do know, is the last time we went, and my wife grew up in the neighborhood, the weiner and chili both tasted like they had been sitting there a while, and the bun was stale. We threw them away after a few bites. Our idea of a great chili dog is Carney's. Chronis was not like that. Maybe our last couple of experiences there were not the norm, as a number of posters think they're still great.

              5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

        2. I've been enjoying their chili dogs and burgers for about 40 years and still think they're the best. I've gone to Pinks, Carney's, New York hot dog carts, etc. but I always come back to the favorite "Cronis"

          1. I always thought Pinks was grossly overrated. Chronis has been my favorite chili dog for many years. However, It does seem like the prices have gotten a little high in recent years...

            5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

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            1. re: toonoble

              With the exception of a that Slaw Dog, the price for a chili dog is about $3-$3.25 at all the places.