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Looking for delicious chili to takeout...westside thru downtown please

not too expensive
must be delicious...need a big amount for a party I'm having
please help

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  1. Hey 1900Therese!

    You might consider Chili John’s. It’s the real deal, for sure. Perhaps the best Midwestern style (finely ground beef ) chili in the country, imho. They also serve a chicken and a vegetarian version made with bulgur wheat. All are offered in varying degrees of hotness. Get it straight, with beans or over spaghetti, with oyster crackers (“Chili” John Isaac invented them), onions and cheese. Love the hot tamales made with their original beef chili. Try a slice of cold, delicious pineapple cream pie to complete your meal and cool yourself down, especially if you opted for the hot chili. You may want a whole pie (or two) for your party.

    You can buy a “chili kit” that includes the fixings (chili, beans) to take home and make your own. I like to add some dark brew and a few secret ingredients to mine to rock it up a notch and let it cook down low and slow in the crock pot for a couple of hours. It’s even better than CJ’s! The kit is very reasonably priced, about $30 IIRC. The chili itself is concentrated and, when added to the beans, goes a long way. I prefer mine with a minimal amount of beans (usually straight), however.

    Chili John's originated in Green Bay Wisconsin in 1900 and opened a second location in Burbank in 1945. It is the oldest restaurant in Burbank. Gee, they’ve been around for over a century, so they must be doing something right. Hey, if they ever did close shop, I’ve got dibs on that ultra cool neon clock behind the counter.

    Chili John’s
    2018 W. Burbank Blvd.
    Burbank, CA 91506
    (818) 846-3611
    Open Tues–Fri 11–7, Sat 11-4
    Cash only

    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/63134/r...

    http://www.chilijohns.com (Wisconsin location

    )

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

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    1. re: degustateur

      Chili John's has terrible chili, reminds me of canned chili.

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

    2. How about Carney's or Tommy's, or even The Hat, they sell theirs. Personally, I am not crazy about Chili John's, if you want it spicier they put more liquid on it. There is a new place on La Cienega near Beverly Blvd, that supposedly has all sorts of chili's you might check that out.

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

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      1. re: paprkutr

        The La Cienega place is Chili Addiction (click on the place link for their website/menu).

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        Chili Addiction
        408 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        1. re: paprkutr

          I've lived in Los Angalus off-and-on since I was three months old but have somehow never made it to Chili John's. My understanding has always been that it's the polar opposite of the now-defunct (but never da' funk) Chili My Soul, and that puts it on a high pedestal, as far as I'm concerned. I've also never liked the chili on hamburgers and hot dogs at Carney's, Tommy's, The Hat, or Fab. But if you don't mind going a little out of your way and want to try a Midwestern-style chili of the fine-ground beef persuasion. If you crave a deliciously cheap taste (but no off-tastes) -- I mean chili with the staying power of barn paint -- then head over to Cupid's at Winnetka and Vanowen, order a chili dog, and taste. Complete the experience with a ton (small size) or two (large size) of grungy-good fries from Daglas next door. You're very welcome.

          -Harry

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          Cupid's Hot Dogs
          20030 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA

          1. re: paprkutr

            I don't think Carney's or Tommy's chili is edible by itself.
            Why won't they list it on their menu as a separate item?

            If you ever looked up close at Tommy's chili I don't know what those lumps are supposed to be, but it isn't ground beef.

            1. re: monku

              i'm pretty sure that tommy's does sell the chili separately in containers.

          2. Clementine, perhaps? Although it would probably be more expensive than some of these other places...

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            1. re: aching

              Clementine would not be my choice for chili. Generally, their chili is served as a chili soup or as part of a sloppy joe. Have never really seen a straight-up chili there. In any event, every chili preparation I have tasted at clementine would be too soupy to be classified as the real deal.

              1. re: maudies5

                I should have qualified - I've never actually had Clementine's chili, but I know they have it, their food is solid, and they seem to do such a nice job with their takeout and catering - that's why it came to mind.

            2. Like Servog said -- Chili Addiction is AMAZING. Really, they have such a variety and tasty flavor of chilis. I love beef chili -- but the chicken chilis are my favorite here. Chili Verde and Chicken Tamale. Really good. But not cheap and not sold in large portions.

              Chili actually is rarely cheap because it is quite expensive to make -- I have done the calculations and making a gallon costs around $17.

              why not just go to costco and get some huge cans of dennison's? add some of your own ingredients or topping bar (cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, etc.) and serve away. that would be the cheapest and would probably taste pretty good -- but i really like dennison's.

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              Chili Addiction
              408 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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              1. re: nachosaurus

                I'm loving Chili Addiction too -- been there a few times now -- but I would not recommend buying a large amount for a party without first trying a bowl of the given flavor. And you'd probably want 2-3 flavors. Some of their flavors (which they have very many of) miss the mark a little bit, which is fine for a downing a single bowl, but I'd feel uncomfortable if I was throwing a party and putting one of those flavors out without having taste-tested it first. But the better flavors are indeed amazing. Their homemade ice cream is incredible too!

                I'm guessing they could easily do a large amount with enough advance notice, but don't go in there expecting to buy it on the spot.

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                Chili Addiction
                408 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              2. Shakas in Alhambra or Montebello.
                Art's The Art of Burgers has a chili very similar to Jay's Jay Burgers!

                There is a place in Culver City that is suppose to be good.

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                Shakas
                101 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

                Art's Take Out Burgers
                11629 Valley Blvd, El Monte, CA 91732

                Shakas
                2300 S Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                1. I have tried Tubb's Chili in Culver City and found it to be pretty decent. They have five or six different types, and they let you taste each one if you like. That's all they do, and they cater as well.

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                  1. re: Phurstluv

                    Bite Bar serves a delicious turkey chili at lunch. I have never gotten it to go so have no idea how well it would travel. Sure is good, though and Elizabeth puts some yummy cornbread "popper" on the top.

                    1. re: Phurstluv

                      I gotta say I'm with "Phurstluv" on this one. Now I'm going to add I haven't had about 90% of the other chilies mentioned, but Tubb's is pretty good and in the area specified by the original poster. I'm not sure price-wise where she wants to be, but if you click on their online menu and go to the catering section it's about $70 a gallon (your choice of flavor and you pick it up). Looking at the menu I also noticed a chili dingo and it's described as an all beef Sabrett dog in a homemade cornmeal bun with your choice of chili, cheese and onions for under 4 bucks. I'm going to have to investigate further!

                    2. Wendy's has very good chili. Don't knock it unless you've tried it.
                      If you've ever had Chasens chili or are familiar with the recipe they are very similar.
                      Both could use a little help in the heat area for my taste.

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                      1. re: monku

                        As someone who is apparently addicted to that stuff at Cupid's, I'm in no position to criticize anyone's favorite, but tell us a little more about Wendy's chili, monku. Does it have that uniform, fine texture, and is it at least a little greasy??

                        -Harry

                        1. re: Harry Niletti

                          No it's not greasy and not a homogenous mixture. You can see each of the individual invredients. Again it need some heat there is none.
                          Definitely not like a hot dog "Coney" sauce as someone in the Midwest might call it.

                      2. I know you said downtown but I have to throw out that B-man's in San Gabriel makes some awesome chicken chili. They use the same chicken they use in their chicken bowls. Shamefully I have to admit I like the chili at Ralphs. The one by their hot soups.

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                        1. re: bigtums

                          I like B-Mans alot, but I find their chicken chili only bearable if you add some of their teriyaki sauce, otherwise it's sort of bland. Teriyaki fries are the way to go there in my opinion.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Stopped going to B-Mans,
                            I got tired of the "burnt" taste on every little piece of chicken.
                            They cut up the chicken into pieces then char the pieces and every piece has black char on it.

                            1. re: monku

                              What do you think the teriyaki sauce is there for?

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Wanted to like B-Man's, but even with the teriyaki sauce I can't get past all that char., it's on every little piece of chicken.

                                1. re: monku

                                  I used to love the chili at Hamburger Hamlet. I have to believe that Kate Mantilini would serve up some damn fine chili. Marilyn Lewis had some pretty great recipes; chili was among them.

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                                  Kate Mantilini Restaurants
                                  9101 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                  1. re: maudies5

                                    At Hamburger Hamlet they used to use to add that Carroll Shelby Texas chli mix to a can of chili, heat and stir.

                                    1. re: monku

                                      Have you tried the chili at Kate Mantilini?

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                                      Kate Mantilini Restaurants
                                      9101 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                      1. re: maudies5

                                        Never had the chili at Kate Mantalini's. A quick look at the Kate Mantalini menu and I see:
                                        "Signature White Chili breast of chicken, white rice, white beans, white cheese and fresh lime salsa"

                                        I was at Hamburger Hamlet when Marilyn introduced chili to their menu I believe in the early 80's.

                                      2. re: monku

                                        Sounds more like an Edsel than a Shelby.

                                        -Harry