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94degrees Nov 15, 2010 12:05 PM

Once the temperature drops, I get a craving for good chili. Anyone have any suggestions?

I can only recall seeing it at Plucker's on Greenville, Steak & Shake and Central Market.

I'd prefer if it had beans and not meat only.

Thanks

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  1. twinwillow RE: 94degrees Nov 15, 2010 01:17 PM

    Oh, I know I'll get letters for this but, I actually like (the ONLY thing I like) the chili at Chili's. No beans with extra onions and shredded cheddar. Very comforting to have when you crave it.

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      CocoaNut RE: twinwillow Nov 15, 2010 01:55 PM

      I agree. I have a lunch occasionally with a group of women and one of them loves Chilis. Go figure. Last winter, I thought I'd try their chili as nothing else on the menu appealed to me. I don't know that I'd recommend it, but it'll be my choice in the future when being summoned to Chili's.

      Outside of making my own, I like Tolberts in Grapevine. It helps that they are only 10 minutes away. With beans, (tsk, tsk) ask for North of the Border.

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      Tolbert's
      423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

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        randyjl RE: twinwillow Nov 15, 2010 05:23 PM

        Is their classic chili back? Last time I went (couple years ago) it was a weird bean soup! I vowed never to go back to a Chili's to the manager!

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          Mike C. Miller RE: twinwillow Nov 18, 2010 04:25 PM

          I was forced to eat at a Chili's recently in a small town. I've been before and had a great deal of trouble finding something I liked. Tried the chili this time. Strangely, it wasn't too bad, give where I was eating. God knows, I've had a lot better chili, but I've had worse, too. I'd be ashamed to server it at home as homemade, but in a pinch, it'll do.

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            twinwillow RE: Mike C. Miller Nov 18, 2010 05:01 PM

            Pretty much my situation as well. You're right about having better and, having worse chili. But, when you're stuck at an airport and the only thing around to eat is a Chili's restaurant, it works! Especially after experiencing Chili's HORRID burgers. And, it sure beats me having to drive From "Uptown" to Tolbert's in Grapevine for what I've been reliably told is, mediocre chili. I'm one who remembers when Frank X. Tolbert was alive and ran his chili restaurant on Mckinney Avenue just off Knox. THAT was good chili!
            As I said, I like the chili at Chili's. And if it's the nearest option, I'll take it.

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              CharlieKilo RE: twinwillow Nov 18, 2010 06:52 PM

              "...one who remembers when Frank X. Tolbert was alive and ran his chili restaurant on Mckinney Avenue just off Knox."

              Curious memory.....

              Tolbert's was at 3802 Cedar Springs @ Oak Lawn and his second location was downtown at 802 Main St.

              BTW. McKinney and Knox run parallel. So how could a place on McKinney be just....

              Oh... Never mind.

              Enjoy Chili's. I hear they just get better all the time.

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              Main St Cafe
              231 E Main St, Lewisville, TX 75057

              Tolbert's
              423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

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                CocoaNut RE: CharlieKilo Nov 18, 2010 07:45 PM

                Yep.... CS @ OL next to the firehouse, then in West End, THEN at the MAin St. loc. But, fyi, McKinney and Knox cross in the area near Weir's furniture.

                And twin, make the drive to GV and decide for yourself..... ;) I've been eating Tolberts chili for many years and it's just the same now as it was back when.

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                Tolbert's
                423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

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                  twinwillow RE: CocoaNut Nov 18, 2010 08:37 PM

                  @CocoaNut: I haven't been to Grapevine since, forever.
                  But, when I do go, and I want to. I will try Tolbert's for sure. I promise.
                  And just for the record Charlie, I'm not a big fan of Chili's. I was, along time ago when Larry Lavine opened the first one at Meadow Lane and Greenville Avenue. But my late buddy, Norman Brinker bought it, expanded it, and then ruined it. I can say that now only because he's not among us anymore.

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                    CocoaNut RE: twinwillow Nov 29, 2010 03:45 PM

                    Do you know/remember the name of the pizza place across Greenville (tiny little strip shopping center that ran east/west, next to the liquor store). I guess it was actually a Greek restaurant - they had the vertical spit of lamb roasting for gyros and was where I ate my first gyro. It came up in conversation last week, but no one could remember the name.

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                      el_matarife RE: CocoaNut Dec 6, 2010 07:49 AM

                      Olympic Pizza I believe. They've been gone at least 10 years, maybe 15. There used to be a sushi Japanese place on that intersection too.

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                        twinwillow RE: el_matarife Dec 6, 2010 08:20 AM

                        I remember it well. Olympic had great pizza. Also, there was a terrific little Chinese restaurant in that same strip. I don't remember their name (despite eating there often). They were the only Chinese restaurant in Dallas that served true NYC style Cantonese food at that time. They started out before Olympic opened. Olympic Pizza expanded to their space after they closed.
                        Across the street on Greenville just to the south of Chili's, was the Japanese restaurant you mean. Royal Tokyo.

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                          CocoaNut RE: el_matarife Dec 6, 2010 10:34 AM

                          That's the name! Thanks! (no chilii but) memory or maybe just nostalgia, remembers great pizza and gyro's.

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                    twinwillow RE: CharlieKilo Nov 18, 2010 08:25 PM

                    Charlie, Tolbert did move his Cedar Springs restaurant to the McKinney Avenue location (just a door south of Chuy's). But, it was not open for very long. I believe it closed after he died. And just for a fact, McKinney Avenue and Knox Street do not run parallel. They cross a block west of 75.

                    http://maps.google.com/maps?client=sa...

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                      Mike C. Miller RE: CharlieKilo Nov 29, 2010 02:55 PM

                      Frank X. Tolbert's at Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn was a wonderful place to eat back in the day. Right by the door they had a stuffed moose head with a Shiner Beer gimme cap. We used to ask for the table just under the moose. Very, very good chili. Really good burgers, too.

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                      Tolbert's
                      423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

              2. CharlieKilo RE: 94degrees Nov 15, 2010 04:52 PM

                Anyone who has lived here for any length of time will direct you, and rightfully so, to Tolbert's. (And by any length of time I mean born here.) Unfortunately since the passing of Frank X. Tolbert, his legacy can only be had at the Grapevine locale. Well worth the drive, though.

                If you happen to be from New York, or similar lands, then by all means head to your nearest Chili's.

                And may God forgive you.

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                Tolbert's
                423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

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                  OCNC RE: CharlieKilo Nov 16, 2010 07:06 PM

                  Tolberts can't be beat!

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                  Tolbert's
                  423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

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                    kylewilliam RE: OCNC Nov 16, 2010 07:58 PM

                    JC's Burger House at Preston & 121 has pretty decent chili. I'll add another vote for the chili at Chili's.

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                    Burger House
                    6248 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75214

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                  Christnp RE: 94degrees Nov 18, 2010 07:20 PM

                  Interesting that Chili's has come up. Dallas Observer did a blog comparing chili from Tolberts and Chili's. "With heavy heart", he gave the win to Chili's. http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/cityo...

                  For easy grab-and-go, Whole Foods has a decent chili with beans. In my experience, it's available every day in the "hearty soups" bar near the meat section, not the soups next to the salad bar. It's a little bland, but ok if you doctor it up.

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                  Tolbert's
                  423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

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                    twinwillow RE: Christnp Nov 18, 2010 08:44 PM

                    This is Texas. NO BEANS, please. Wholefoods should know better.

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                      Mike C. Miller RE: Christnp Nov 29, 2010 02:57 PM

                      Amen!! Chili with beans is a Yankee heresy. Sort of like catchup on a hamburger or sugar in corn bread. Bleech!!!

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                        el_matarife RE: Mike C. Miller Dec 6, 2010 07:51 AM

                        My own mother prefers her chili with beans and (shudder) spaghetti in the New Mexico style. Terrifying.

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                          twinwillow RE: el_matarife Dec 6, 2010 08:21 AM

                          Was she from Cincinnati?

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                            el_matarife RE: twinwillow Dec 14, 2010 11:19 AM

                            Hah, good guess but she's actually from Chicago. I assume it bleeds over the whole Midwest. But I did receive a can of Skyline Chili from Cinci once. Wasn't all that impressed. I prefer my chili thick over watery.

                            I saw an Tolbert quote in December's Texas Monthly today that "You can't make proper chili with beans, the chemistry is wrong." And when Googling the quote, I found a great 1978 article in Texas Monthly where they denounce tomatoes as part of a Yankee plot to make chili taste like spaghetti sauce.

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                            Tolbert's
                            423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

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                        irodguy RE: Christnp Nov 29, 2010 07:11 PM

                        Chili does not have beans. Now they could call it chili beans which is not Chili. Chili = no beans meat only.

                      3. twinwillow RE: 94degrees Nov 19, 2010 05:37 AM

                        While staying on topic, I thought y'all might find this interesting.
                        From 2005.....

                        http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Dallas...

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                          blynk RE: twinwillow Nov 19, 2010 06:26 AM

                          I lived down the street (on Pineland) from the Greenville Chilis, but much preferred Judge Bean's in the opposite direction. Always ordered the chili cheese burger - still my favorite kind of burger when the chili is thick and flavorful. Loved that area, back in the day - too bad its gone ghetto.

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                          Judge Bean's
                          314 N Main St, Keller, TX 76248

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                          Mister F. RE: 94degrees Nov 20, 2010 05:35 PM

                          Stan's Blue Note, on Greenville Avenue, has excellent chili. Delicious.

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                          Stan's Blue Note
                          2908 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

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                            a cuisiner RE: 94degrees Nov 22, 2010 08:13 AM

                            main street in grapevine a place called tolberts there famous for chili and they v won hella competitions....as a chef and foodie in the area its the jam

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                              CharlieKilo RE: a cuisiner Nov 29, 2010 07:39 PM

                              Wow! Thanks for the tip!

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                                Scagnetti RE: CharlieKilo Nov 30, 2010 06:34 AM

                                If you don't like that place, try Tolbert's in Grapevine.

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                                Tolbert's
                                423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

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                                DallasDude RE: a cuisiner Dec 1, 2010 08:51 AM

                                Frank X Tolbert won chili cook offs (founder of Terlingua Cookoff in '67). He passed some years back. Tolbert's is run by his daughter and I find the chili off-putting.

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                                Tolbert's
                                423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

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                                Mike C. Miller RE: 94degrees Nov 30, 2010 10:14 PM

                                Had the chili tonight at The Angry Dog. It was very good. One complaint was that it did have beans. One redeeming feature was that the beans were few and far between. But it was meaty and spicy without the spice being overwhelming. If they'd just get rid of the handful of beans, it would be great.

                                Also open late, so that's a bonus.

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                                Angry Dog
                                2726 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226

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                                  94degrees RE: 94degrees Dec 7, 2010 09:10 AM

                                  Good suggestions, everyone. I could go with or without beans...just checking my options for something on the healthier side.

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                                    Mike C. Miller RE: 94degrees Dec 8, 2010 03:21 PM

                                    One note on where not to get good chili, or at least chili that's not to my taste -- St. Pete's Dancing Marlin, in Deep Ellum. No beans, nice meaty taste, but not spicy enough. Fair at best. The grilled tuna sandwich, however, was very good.

                                    1. DallasDude RE: 94degrees Dec 9, 2010 10:37 AM

                                      OK. I found it. Great chili that is meaty, spicy and has a perfect 'gravy'. No beans, just good chili. Visit Charlie at the Windmill on Maple. You may thank me later. He also happens to be one of the better bartenders in Dallas.

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                                        94degrees RE: DallasDude Dec 14, 2010 11:00 AM

                                        Thanks. I'll check it out.

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