A piping hot bowl of chili warms the soul. It is the kind of meal that can feed lots of people, and is often a popular dish to serve for Sunday football. Chili can be prepared with meat or vegetables and beans alone; some people favor lots of toppings including sour cream, cheese, cornbread and even corn chips. It’s time take a seat and prepare your palate for some of the best bowls of chili in Los Angeles.
1415 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Blue Plate is Santa Monica’s version of a neighborhood diner. A simple setting with a modern menu, Blue Plate serves classics but always with a California twist. The Blue Plate “Famous Turkey Chili” is what many patrons come for, even during the summer months. This satisfying bowl of chili isn’t too spicy, but has just enough flavor from all of the fresh ingredients. If chili isn’t your thing, breakfast is served all day long. Soups including matzo ball and chicken rice are excellent choices, and the restaurant’s chalkboard highlights seasonal favorites.
8351 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Founded in 1975, Carney’s is an LA landmark. Visitors from all over the world journey to the restaurant built out of an old Pacific Railroad passenger train car. Carney’s chili is traditional in every sense, made with ground meat, beans, spices and the freshest of ingredients. You can pretty much order anything on the Carney’s menu with a side of chili. The menu features burgers and cheeseburgers, hot dogs (try the Red Baron), spicy polish sausages and, of course, Carney’s chili cheese French fries, a perfect 2am snack.
The Addiction Bistro
408 N. La Cienega Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
Co-owner and chef Johnny of The Addiction Bistro knows his chili. After participating in the Malibu Chili Cook-Off in 2008, Johnny not only took home two awards for six different chilis, but he sold more than 80 gallons of chili that weekend. He and business partner Rick capitalized on this chili addiction and opened the bistro in 2010. Their expansive menu features over 20 homemade chili recipes that can be eaten with chef’s 100-year-old Bavarian family recipe of handcrafted sausages and hot dogs. The food at Addiction Bistro is homemade (including condiments and tortilla chips), gluten-free (except for Johnny’s desserts) and has a whole menu dedicated to the vegan diet.
Tub’s Fine Chili & Fancy Fixins
4263 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230
Known for chili, chili and more chili, this Culver City diner will not steer you wrong when you are hankering for a warm meal. Tub’s serves all of its chilis (unless requested) in a toasted bread tub. The toasted bread bowl is unlike the traditional sourdough bowl. Creative-named chilis are served in this thin pita-like bowl. There are so many chili choices at Tub’s including steak town (marinated steak chili), chuck wagon grind (made with charbroiled ground chuck), turkey drive (a lean turkey meat chili), chicken and spurs (roasted chicken, hominy, green chilies and sagebrush seasonings), cattleman’s pass (for the veggie) and campfire triple-b (the “b” stands for beef, bacon and bean).
709 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
What started as a hot dog stand at the corner of La Brea and Melrose in 1939, Pink’s is still standing and has become even more popular than ever. The Pink family still runs the show here and continues to make its famous chili dogs (i.e. The Brando Dog, Mulholland Drive Dog, Martha Stewart Dog, Giada De Laurentiis Dog, LA Philharmonic Conductor Gustavo Dudamel Dog). For the traditionalist, Pink’s Stretch Chili Dog (9″ hot dog served in a bun and topped with Pink’s mustard, chili and onions, add cheese, too) is a perfect choice. Turkey hot dogs are available, too. Prepare to stand in line at any hour of the day – Pink’s opens at 9:30am and stays open until 2am. Sunday to Thursday, and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. It is worth the wait.
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