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Apr 16, 2011 03:45 PM

Where, O Where is there a Chili Dog without Beans?

Can someone please tell me if there is a single Weiner establishment in Seattle that doesn't make their Chili Dogs (or as those from the Midwest and East call them "Coney Island Dogs" or "Coneys")?

I do not like beans in my Chili Dogs, and I'll be barked if I can find one here that doesn't use beany chili!! Please help - I am having serious cravings. I can certainly make my own (I make a darn good one, too) but that's not as much fun as heading out for a chili dog and a beer.

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  1. Slim's last chance - the texas red is made without beans. IMHO, the texas red is the best chili in Seattle.

    4 Replies
    1. re: BallardFoodie

      Agreed...as a Texan, I am saddened that such a thing as chili with beans exists, Slim's chili is reasonably authentic to Texas style, although their weird chili on grits thing takes some getting used to.

      1. re: pusherman

        Why would you get it over grits when you can get it over Mac & Cheese!!?!?

        1. re: GreenYoshi

          Don't get me wrong, I like the jalapeno mac, too. But I think that I've come to the conclusion that I'm cheating myself out of more chili when I order it with the mac.

          1. re: GreenYoshi

            I enjoy Slim's chili dog, and their green chili over mac and cheese.

      2. Matt's Gourmet Hot Dogs does a bean-free chili dog that reminds me of Pink's on La Brea in Los Angeles.


        1. Mike's Chili Parlor.
          I don't love their chili, but it doesn't have beans and it's a fun place.

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          1. re: GreenYoshi

            Please don't order a chili dog at Mike's! The first two steps are dunking the bun in water, then microwaving it--ugh!

            1. re: coney with everything

              If LA wasn't so far, I would skip the Johnny-come-latelys and head for my favorite chili palace: Original Tommy's. And I would bag the hot dog for a chili tamale with a side of chili-cheese fries.

              1. re: MsMaryMc

                Oh my goodness, you just made my heart stop in a good way. I grew up eating tamales smothered in chili (without beans, of course) back in Houston. I don't know where you would find such a thing in Seattle, unfortunately. For some reason everyone here seems to think leaving the lard out of the tamales is a good thing.

                1. re: pusherman

                  If you do find any hereabouts, let me know!! Matt's Gourmet Hot Dogs used to do a decent chili tamale, but their supplier stopped making them, so they've been off the menu for a year or so. I do miss them (but I miss Original Tommy's even more!)

                  Matt's Gourmet Hot Dogs
                  6615 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

              2. re: coney with everything

                There is a place on Pico called Marty's thats the home of the Combo that makes the best Chili Dogs in Los Angeles. They use vienna beef dogs which are perfectly snappy.