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Jun 1, 2011 10:54 AM

Chili Fries in SD

You can get Carne Asada Fries everywhere, but i'm looking for Chili Fries. Who has the best chili fries in San Diego?

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  1. Got some at Studio Diner once. They were pretty good, not too greasy.

    Studio Diner
    4705 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123

    1. I may get flamed for this, but Carl's Jr. actually has some pretty solid chili fries.

      1. Not my cup of tea, but I have a friend who gets wild cravings for Chili Fries. He swears by his home town favorite, Tommy's in Mira Mesa. It originated in the Long Beach area. The Waterfront also does a pretty good version.

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        1. re: sdnosh

          I think you meant "Kearny Mesa" for Tommy's (it is on Clairemont Mesa Blvd near Ruffner St). Definitely a step or two up from Wienerschnitzel's chili fries.

          1. re: sdnosh

            And I assume you meant "Los Angeles" when you said "Long Beach area". The Original Tommy's Shack is on the corner of Beverly and Rampart just west of downtown LA.

            1. re: ikeg

              Forgive my geographic faux pas, I will whip myself with an appropriately soggy chili fry.

            2. re: sdnosh

              Tommy's has the oddest Chili I've ever tasted (well, except for those that are like vegetable ragu's, like Bangin' Burgers). It's like ketsup with chili powder and ground beef. No garlic or other spices. I find it weirdly bland. When I go to Tommy's, I actually prefer their burgers without chili (and I absolutely love chili burgers).

              Islands and Carl's Jr are marginally OK, with sufficiently low expectations. At least neither uses SER or Sysco chili AFAICT. Chicago on a Bun (or whatever it's called now) had decent chili, but it's been quite awhile since I've been there, and not since they changed their name, so caveat emptor.

            3. I used to order chili fries from Fatburger's when I was living in LA. I thought they were pretty good, though that was over 15 years ago. There is a Fatburger's in Pacific Beach.

              1. I noticed chili cheese fries on the menu at the Counter last night. I haven't tried them, but I like their plain and parmesan fries.