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Jun 19, 2011 05:35 AM

Pepy's Galley Has Damn Good Chili

Can't figure out why it's taken me so long to try their chili. My wife decided to have a cup to start last night and I am glad she did, because I said "Me too" and sure, throw on the cheese and onions. I am assuming they make this in house, but if they get it somewhere else I want to know where that is. It's got real beef, and the beans are cooked down so far that they almost disappear. It's got enough bite without searing anything that doesn't need searing (like your taste buds). Good depth of flavor and didn't need any further doctoring at all.

Pepy's Galley
12125 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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  1. Damn that sounds good, Maybe I'll hit it up before the farmer's market on sunday and follow it with a chicken cajun sausage and slab of delicisio red velvet cake at Dray's BBQ.

    1. Funny you say that. I was just there with an out of town friend recently and we noticed a plate of chili cheese fries going past us that smelled heavenly. I was asked how it was and had to sheepishly admit that I had never tried it. But seeing and smelling how good it was, I vowed to try it on my next visit. I wish we had seen it before we ordered and not after we ate.

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      1. re: Jase

        I'm slightly chagrined to say, (but maybe it adds to my CH street cred?), but I got up the next morning after posting about the chili and was there at their 6 AM opening to have a chili, cheese and onion omelet... I've got a problem and I don't think 12 steps will be enough to see me clear of it... ;-D>

        1. re: Servorg

          yeah, but aren't you the individual that always gets up super early to ride your bikes miles upon miles, that's way better than most of us.

          1. re: Servorg

            Don't be chagrined! Own it! Don't know about how CH street cred works and really I don't care. But if you like it, go for it. People have given me strange looks before when they find out I want a chili burger for breakfast. I don't care, if that's what I felt like and it was my only opportunity to try a place before I leave town, then I'm getting it. But then again, I've always been more of a savory than sweet breakfast person.

            I'm going to try and take a trip to Austin later this year just to try out bbq. I have no compunction about hitting Snows right when they open at 8 a.m. to make sure I'm not shut out and having bbq for breakfast. I figure it'll give me a chance to digest before I hit another place for lunch.

            1. re: Jase

              A little tongue in cheek (tongue in chili?) humor... ;-D> We are all here, gathered at the liver (no typo) together, to pay homage to the chow...(g)

              I hope you'll link your Austin board BBQ write up over here on the LA board when you finish, Jase. That way I'll be sure to read all your findings.

              1. re: Servorg

                Yeah, I think I know your postings enough to read the humor in between. I was trying to go for the sarcastic cockiness but there's no emoticon on that.

                If I manage to pull of the trip, I'll be sure to do a write up. But I have promises to keep and lots of miles to go before I eat.

            2. re: Servorg

              Again I found myself at Pepy's at opening (6 AM) and tried "fine tuning" the chili cheese omelet a bit. I went with an omelet cooked soft, with the chili and cheddar cheese, but ordered the onions to be grilled and had avocado added. This seems like the right combination for my taste buds. The grilled onions add a bit of sweetness and the the flavor produced by caramelizing the onions was also a plus. The avocado gives some dept of richness and I love the flavor with a liberal lashing of salt to bring out all its "green goodness".... Fried potatoes, an English muffin and coffee and water. It all came to $8.98, plus tip. I love Pepy's Galley...(in case you were having

              1. re: Servorg

                ok, i gotta get down there, but first do you remember if it's an all beef chili and do they serve up chili cheese omlettes all day long???

                i like the chili and cheddar/jack omlette at snug harbor, esp for the chili, but for some reason they cook the omlette portion too hard.

                1. re: kevin

                  The chili does have beans, but they aren't at all prominent. I think they basically get cooked way down during the chili simmering process. I am pretty sure that you can get breakfast all day/night at Pepy's.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    i just checked their website, and yes, menu says breakfast is served all day.

                    oh, and just for kicks i also had a quick read of some Yelp reviews...the chili gets all kinds of love over there too.

          2. You're such a sadist, to do a post with that headline and not tell us where it is ...

            Pepy's Galley
            12125 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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            1. re: maxzook

              You can bet I posted a place link when I put up my review. But the vagaries of CH bugs made it go "poof" for you evidently. It still shows for me (and probably others here to)...

            2. Inspired by this post, at our last visit this past week, I had them turn my side order of fries into chili cheese fries. The flavor of the chili was very good. I was amazed at the huge chunks of ground beef that were in it. The flavor combo of the chili and cheese with the fries was very good. However as good as it sounds conceptually, it didn't work as well as I had hoped it would. Strangely enough, the generosity and chunkiness of the chili meat actually worked against the chili cheese fries concept. At least it did for me. I like the chili in my chili cheese fries to have a more even distribution of ground beef. Where all the elements of the chili blend into one mass. That way when I pick up a fry, the chili and cheese are clinging to it and I pop the whole thing in my mouth. It doesn't quite work as well with the Pepy's chili as tasty as it is. Since the meat and the sauce is a touch more distinct.

              Still it was a fun experiment. The chili was definitely very tasty and eaten by itself I wouldn't be having the fry problem. I was commenting to my wife that it would be perfect to grab a cup to go as take out. It'd be a great snack.

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              1. re: Jase

                Funny you should talk about the drawback of their chili when it comes to fries. I totally agree that it would be hard to eat that way. So far I've only had it as a cup to start and then twice as an omelet. Those applications were great. But glad to hear that I wasn't suffering some sort of hallucination in finding the chili quite good. Thanks for the "feed back" Jase. Love all your local Mar Vista hounding.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Thank you for all the inspiration.

                  Too bad they don't have pasta on the menu. Otherwise I'd ask to try it on top for a west coast version of a three way. They're so accommodating there. I'm thinking that chili would be really good that way, top it off with the onions and cheese. A dash of cholula or tapatio. Or to totally make it a west coast version, ask for some of their smoky salsa. Or maybe I'm going overboard (at the galley) at this point.

                  1. re: Jase

                    I keep wondering about getting an order of their excellent chiliquilas (with eggs) and then a cup of chili as an "adder"...