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I got Fritos! Where's the Chili?

So I brought catering for my team from Mike's Deli (delicious as always!) and they know me now and throw in a couple of more bags of fritos... hee... So now this week I am on the hunt for the best chili in L.A. for take out. Willing to drive!

--Dommy!

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  1. Always wanted to go to Tubs, anyone been?

    http://www.tubschili.com/

    Jacks on Crenshaw is closed but Earlez is said to carry the torch

    http://earlezgrille.com/

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    1. re: jessejames

      I like Tubs... but their spicing is a bit of the softer side. It actually works REALLY well with rice (especially their Chile Verde one, it reminds me of Moms!), not so much Fritos.

      I do love Earls! They are one of the few old skool places that does Chili over Tamale RIGHT. Hmmm!!

      --Dommy!

      1. re: Dommy

        monday nite football sure would be better with that! never had it over the tamale....is it the same chili that jacks had?

        1. re: jessejames

          Not sure about Jack's chili because unfortunately my frito+chili revelation came late in life and chili fries gross me out.

          But's really good fast food tommys like chili, they use it on their chili dogs. It's hard to find a place that does chili+tamale right (or even still does them). Earls is good because they keep tamles steamed. So they a nice soft and moist. It's the gut bomb you'd think they are...

          Now if only someone would make a good tamale torta in this town and I'd have the catering take care of for my next meeting...

          --Dommy!

        2. re: Dommy

          I wonder how the former Chili Addiction http://www.theaddictionbistro.com/ (now The Addiction Bistro) is doing these days? They normally feature 4 different types of chili each week.

          1. re: Servorg

            I like Chili Addiction. They do one of the best housemade ketchups in town and they offer their chili to go frozen by the quart. Both are stupid expensive... but I'm a sucker for such things...

            --Dommy!

            1. re: Dommy

              One other thought. Clementine http://clementineonline.com/ has what they describe as:

              Meaty Chili $8/pint -
              Our hearty all-meat chili — smoky, with a slow burn

              Haven't yet tried it...

              1. re: Servorg

                I dunno if I've had Clementine's Chili... I might have as I buy their frozen soup quarts often. And believe it or not, they are cheaper than Chili Addictions...

                --Dommy!

        3. Ok, you'll probably slap me, but for a true Frito Pie, there's only one chili in LA that'll work.

          Tommy's.

          (I would consider The Hat, but their chili is *almost* too good for Fritos.)

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            so mealy you don't even need the fritos.... love chili, just don't love LA's Tommy style chili ... a bit on a jay burger (rip) but id rather have the more liquid and meaty stuff...ok, put a tommy burger in front of me and it won't go to waste....

            1. re: jessejames

              Fritos + chili is essential. You need a nice strong spiced chili to cover up the toe flavor of the frito. And you need the frito to add crunch and salt and make chili less like just eating meat slurry...

              --Dommy!

                1. re: Dommy

                  toe flavor...

                  i just lost my lunch.

                  unless you mean toe flavor in the way a runny triple creamy Roquefort has got the toe flavor en masse.

                2. re: jessejames

                  Dont's remind me of Jay's, oh Jay's Jayburgers.

                  The shitty little stand at the corner of SM and Virgil to cure the late night munchies with a triple Jayburger (chili, cheese, onions, natch) and washed down with fresh squeezed lemonade. No french fries. Just bags of potato chips, and graying slices of mildewy pie in the display case (I can't think of one person whoever ordered a slice of pie from there).

                  Pure fucking bliss.

                  1. re: kevin

                    i agree...tommy can't carry jay's jockstrap

                    1. re: jessejames

                      JJ, do you remember those graying slices of pie ?????

                      1. re: kevin

                        Kevin -- I had two jayburgers for eyes so missed em

                    2. re: kevin

                      During Jay's later tenure, I was enjoying a burger at the stand, and Jay showed up in his full plaid golfing regalia. He saw that my friend and I weren't having accompaniments with our burgers, so he split a bag of chips with us. He was awfully sweet and gallant.

                    3. re: jessejames

                      Jesse, God do I miss Jay Burger!!!! I was just thinking about it the other day and its been gone for years. What a loss.

                        1. re: bringiton

                          I feel your pain. Grew up with the San Diego location. Never went to the LA one.

                          I'm wondering: is Jays the most heavily mourned dead restaurant in LA? Honestly the only other restaurant I can think of that gets nearly this kind of posthumous love, at least on this board, is LaBarbara's (never went), and it doesn't get half the love of Jays. It seems like someone should really come in with a spin off a la All About the Bread spinning off Bay Cities deli.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I actually REALLY love Tommy's chili. I've always wanted to order one protien style... just a boat of chili, two patties and topped with their tomato, onion, lettuce mustard mix. I would call it death by dolores brick...

                        --Dommy!

                        1. re: Dommy

                          I see your Tommy's/Chili John's/Carney's and raise you Oki Dog.

                          I swear they put curry or someshit in their chili to make it awesome. doesn't feel as greasy as the other 3 either.

                          1. re: ns1

                            Will Oki Dog sell you a boat of their chili alone? I've probably revealed almost all of my disgusting eating habits on this post alone... but I just can't do an Oki Dog... even I have my limits...

                            --Dommy!

                            1. re: Dommy

                              In that case, you should do the Pastrami Burrito instead. That's really where it's at.

                              Mounds of pastrami, chili, and cabbage and sauteed peppers in a double-fisted flour tortilla.

                              Puro fucking bliss.

                              Nuff said.

                              1. re: kevin

                                k-dog, just add two dogs and cheese and you got the oki dog!

                                1. re: jessejames

                                  No, no, no.

                                  That fucks with the ratio and flavor profile.

                                  I'm all about that pastrami coalescing with the dope chili.

                              2. re: Dommy

                                I actually don't eat the Oki Dog (did it once, just to do it). Their chili dogs are fantastic though, vastly neater (and I feel smaller) than Carney's/Tommy's. No idea if they'll sell you the chili straight up, but $$$ talks.

                                1. re: ns1

                                  i get the chili cheese dog with pastrami and kraut and onions -- its very small, don't worry...

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    From oki dog? Seriously? Sounds delicious...

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      not advisable on a regular basis but woof woof!

                                      1. re: ns1

                                        for a laugh, check out the yelp reviews on oki -- reads like a digest of spinal tap album reviews!

                                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/oki-dog-los-a...

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          Meet up for lunch at Oki Dog ?

                                          Songs have been composed on Oki dog too

                                          1. re: kevin

                                            i think the night time is the right time but let me get back to you and let's do it.

                                          2. re: jessejames

                                            weak. roaches give the place character

                                            i go to the OG pico one btw.

                                              1. re: ns1

                                                Yeah, i was about to ask which one you guys go to.

                                                i always go to the one catty corner from roscoe's.

                                                i've never actually been to the one on fairfax near melrose near the old incarnation in mid-city on SM Blvd.

                                        2. re: ns1

                                          Their chili dogs are also much cheaper than Carney's/tommys/fabs.

                                        3. re: Dommy

                                          How very sad. NOTHING ELSE is like an Oki Dog.

                                          Desert Island food. Last Meal food.

                                          1. re: DWB

                                            " Last Meal food."

                                            I'm willing to believe that statement (and probably the paramedics couldn't do a thing for the poor suckers...)

                                        4. re: ns1

                                          If it doesn't feel greasy as the other three clearly you need to add pastrami to your chili dog there next time...

                                          But don't you need some kind of haz-mat license to buy that in bulk?

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            I understand that the land under Oki Dog has been declared a "Superfund" site...

                                            I owned a small business for most of the 80's with my business partner just around the corner from Oki Dog on Melrose and ate there one too many times. I just can't go back anymore. Kind of like the first type of alcohol you get violently sick on...

                                      2. re: ipsedixit

                                        i see your tommy's and raise you chili john's.

                                        1. re: linus

                                          I've never been to chili johns actually... Hmmm!!! They seem to be more of the Tubs model rather than Tommys...

                                          --Dommy!

                                          1. re: Dommy

                                            I've bought a tub from Carney's plus raw dogs. To me there's is like Tommy's but better

                                            1. re: jessejames

                                              And I'll take a Carney's chili dog over a Pink's or Tommy's chili dog any day of the week.

                                              In fact, on the current scene, Carney's still makes the best chili dog in town. There chili might be a skoshe notch better than Tommy's but their dogmeat is head and shoulders above.

                                            2. re: Dommy

                                              Dommy!

                                              You should go totally ghetto and just drop by your local 7-Eleven and pump away to your heart's content ...

                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                LOL! Where I live right now, it's so ghetto there are no 7-Elevens even close by... But Culver City is like adding its 24th... LOL!

                                                Me and Peggy Olsen... Pioneers!!!

                                                --Dommy!

                                                1. re: Dommy

                                                  No 7-11s ??

                                                  If there are no starbucks there too, you may just be in the ghetto.

                                              2. re: Dommy

                                                Chili John's is strictly on the Chili John's model. And highly recommended.

                                                1. re: condiment

                                                  I don't quite understand your sentence here.

                                                  "Chili John's is strictly on the Chili John's model."

                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    Chili John's has been making chili since 1900. (Since 1946 in Burbank.) It is a style onto itself.

                                                    1. re: condiment

                                                      Hi Condiment. There is an original family member (although neither location will admit that the other exists - I have been to both locations) who serves the same chili (with the same name) in Green Bay, Wi.

                                                      1. re: WildSwede

                                                        Did you just go to the original in Green Bay ????????

                                                        Thanks.

                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                          I have been there twice - 2 years ago and again last year. Not during last month's visit to Wi.

                                                2. re: Dommy

                                                  Chili John's is good - but they do more of a Cincinnati-style chili. 5 way, 4 way, whateva you want. May be good on a Frito Pie.
                                                  I am throwing in the chili at Larry's Chili Dogs (just down the street from Chili John's). Reminds me of the chili they had at Pappa John's in Van Nuys in the 70s. This is where I fell in love with chili dogs (and fries)! ;-)

                                                3. re: linus

                                                  i've never been to chili john's either. would this style of chili go well on, say, fries? :>

                                                  if so, are there are any recommended shops close to chili john's that sell good fries to attempt this culinary merge? :>

                                                1. My vote goes to Dog Haus in Pasadena (and Alhambra). Their tater tots with chili and cheese? It may kill me but I am pretty sure I don't care.

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                                                  1. re: RoxyGrl

                                                    LOL! I had those last week... They do EXCELLENT tator tots... but I think I like that same type of chili better at Slawdogs...

                                                    --Dommy!

                                                  2. I've never tried it, but how is the chili at Jinky's in Studio City? Only been there for breakfast/brunch, but they have a variety of different types of chili on the menu.