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Best Chili in Los Angeles

November 19, 2010 12:58 PM

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October was National Chili Month and to celebrate here is a list of a few places to get chili in Los Angeles:
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Chili Addiction

408 N La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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There’s so much to love about the menu at Chili Addiction. They offer 10 different types of chili including vegan and they make their own sausages (truffle and chicken) and hot dogs. Don’t forget to try the homemade ice cream.

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Tubs Fine Chili in Culver City

4263 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
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Tubs serves pizza chili, pasta with chili, and fried chili cheese nuggets. They also have veggie chili, turkey chili, and chili with pork that has been slow cooked for 8 hours.

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Chili John’s

2018 West Burbank Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91506-1319
(818) 846-3611

Chili John’s has satisfied locals for decades and specializes in Texas-style chili. You can also get tamales with beef chili and cheese inside.

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Hinano Café

15 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 822-3902

This popular bar and grill in Venice has been around nearly 50 years. They serve chili burgers, chili omelettes, and big bowls of chili from 8 am to 1 am every day. What makes their chili great? The love, they say.

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Tomboy’s World Famous Chili Hamburgers

1816 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 374-9944
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If you like your chili on a burger, this is the place. Actually, it’s not just burgers, but eggs, and hot dogs, too. Tomboy’s has a huge menu that includes salads, sandwiches, and Mexican food.

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Art’s Chili Dog Stand

1410 W Florence Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90047
(323) 750-1313

Art’s is the place to go if you’re looking for a traditional inexpensive chili dog.

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The Stand

4 Locations Around Los Angeles in:
Century City
Westwood Village
Woodland Hills
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For a not-so-traditional chili dog you can head to The Stand. Not only do they serve chili cheese dogs and chili burgers at their four locations, but they also have wine and a little ambiance to go along with them.

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709 N. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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What would make a chili dog even better? Bacon, of course. Pink’s has a Bacon Chili Cheese Dog with 3 strips of bacon, and a Poli-Bacon Chili Cheeseburger with a Polish hot dog and bacon on top of a cheeseburger. Delightful, and worth the wait in the ever-present line.

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  • Carrie

    You left out Chili My Soul in Encino?!?!? I live in Hollywood, and drive there, not only to partake of their delicious homemade chili (2 kinds, thanks to their famous “split bowls”), top it with everything from monterey jack cheese to chocolate chips (YES! Don’t knock it until you try it!), but also to wash it down with a delicious Mexican Coke (pure cane sugar). Veggie, turkey, buffalo, beef…all kinds, and 20 flavors available each day, each with their individual ratings on the “heat meter” for convenience…1 for wusses, 10 for the most daring. I LOOOOOOVE this place! That’s real chili. Not some place that happens to have chili as a condiment for an over-priced hotdog.

    • Sherri Blass Warren

      chili my soul,WAS the best but the owner died quite unexpectedly and they closed up shop more than a year ago.

    • YvonneinLA

      Thank you for the comment, Carrie! I’m dying to try chili with choc chips.

      • Marcella

        Chili My Soul closed a while ago. It was delicious- but Sherri is correct, very sad!

    • John from the Westside

      Not to mention if you haven’t been to a place for more than a year since it closed (more like 1 1/2 -2 years)…. how much could you have liked it? I live on the Westside and used to visit it every two months at the least.

  • Martyn

    Hmm never understood the fascination with Pink’s, their chilli is just an oil slick on a mediocre sausage.

  • Rick

    I am passing wind just thinking about it!

  • Bob

    The Stand is awful. They are so overrated, and inconsistent, and the quality of the ingredients is pretty poor. If you want gristle and strange hard spots in your dog, go ahead and give them a try. The burger is no better. Go to Fab Dogs in Tarzana instead for a great chili dog.
    Sad about Chili My Soul, it was fantastic.

  • Andy

    Lots of people miss it, but Pepe’s Galley has the best old-school classic chili – in a bowl, on an omelet, chili size, etc. The staff all wear t-shirts hyping the chili. Its an old fashioned diner in the corner of a bowling alley at Venice & Grandview in Mar Vista. You know its great, the place is always full of cops.

  • jj

    Please tell me if Pink’s or Tommy’s did NOT PAY to be ON this list, then HOW the HECK did they even get mentioned ? Both Pinks’ and Tommy’s serves up GREASE-LAVA ! If the writer of this article was NOT paid to enter some of the above restuarants on this list, then I seriously doubt that this writer grew up in the Southwestern U.S. Otherwise, they would definately KNOW that good and REAL chili cannot be found anywhere near Pinks or Tommy’s sludge burgers.

    Years ago, I visited Chili My Soul, it was tastely, but highly overpriced for such a casual (cheap) decor and for the portion size.

    If you do not have time to prepare your own, you might try Marie Callenders, or Hof’s Hut in Long Beach/Orng Cnty area. Their recipes include CHUNKS of QUALITY BEEF, and is not greasy or oversalted. Hof’s Hut Corp., owns Roadhouse Grill which specializes in American Southern cuisine. (Yes WE DO have a cuisine ! )

    If you are really on the run you will be shocked to find the CLOSET to homemade chili in a CAN, you MUST try the canned chili sold at Fresh and Easy ! SERIOUSLY, this is NO JOKE ! It has large chunks of beef and is NOT greasy or salty and doesn’t TASTE like the can ! You can even use it to make nachos, etc. I’t less than $2.00 per can and grease sludge can’t hold a match to it ! I almost tastes like home made ! That is NO exaageration, my father’s family are native Texans, I KNOW good chili when I see it.

    Again, my suggestions are for people who don’t have time to make their own and want a very tasty chili.

    Merry Christmas !

    Long Bch

  • craig

    There are a few you misseed. Hound dog in sune valley. papoo’s hot dog show in toluca lake. Larry’s chili dogs in burbank and what about tommy’s in burbank.


  • Dennis

    I do not understand people who do not check their postings for misspellings before hitting the “submit” button. I cannot believe the number of spelling mistakes I’ve just read.

    • Camel

      I second that! Don’t get me started on grammar!!

    • JJ

      Dear Dennis: dare you criticise anyone on their grammar, look at your own lack of expertise in the English language. You typed the following :

      I do not understand people who do not check their postings for misspellings before hitting the “submit” button. I cannot believe the number of spelling mistakes I’ve just read.

      Apparently, you have failed to, enter a, “,” (comma) preceding the, “FIRST quotation mark,” and you also failed to enter a, “comma,” preceding the SECOND, “quotation mark,” in your, HYPOCRITICAL ATTACK and FOOLISH ARROGANCE.

      Next time, you attack others for their lack of expertise using the English language, make darn sure you have displayed perfection yourself, THEN click the submit button.

      BTW, go back to Junior High School English and THEN get a LIFE !

  • Camel

    Sorry didn’t mean to go off topic. My vote is for Chili My Soul (unfortunately, they are long gone)…

  • DJPhonix1

    I’ve heard/seen this report over-and-over through the years and I am fed up that The World Famous “THE HAT” has NEVER been mentioned in
    “One of L.A.’s BEST Chili’s”!!!
    It’s always some TERRIBLE/HORRIBLE/DISGUSTING WEST(L.A.) SIDE locations that don’t even compare to a can of HORMEL!!!
    Can whomever does these “surveys” STOP being afraid of going EAST of Downtown L.A. and give the east-side a chance?
    San Gabriel Valley IS NOT INLAND EMPIRE and is a lot closer to downtown than let’s say Woodland Hills!?!
    Ask ANYONE that knows “The Hat” and they’ll tell u that it truly is ONE of the BEST.

    • DJPhonix1

      P.S. –There is also “The Galley” (a.k.a. THE BOAT) in Arcadia and
      TOP’S JR.Burgers which is also S.G.Vally and far from East L.A.

  • flip leppins

    This writer is an amateur and needs to go back to school to learn how to compose sentences that sparkle. Reads like PR copy…..and she obvisouly doesn’t know the difference between good chili and a bowl of brown paint.

    • DJPhonix1

      Is “Flipper” launching a personal attack on my grammar or my “freedom of speech” about chili?
      All I was saying is that the spectrum of this list should be expanded to more than just WEST L.A. I have tried a few on the list and feel there are better choices in L.A. and I never see them get any credit.
      “Flipper” I did not see the disclaimer on this website stating everyone’s sentences had to “sparkle” (W-T-H?) and ONLY English Professors like yourself could blog as well. If you could kindly point that out to me I will gladly remove my comments, but if you can’t? Then take J J’s (last sentence) advice to Dennis. (see above)
      in the immortal words of George Lopez: “IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT?…
      DON’T LOOK AT IT!”

  • Norm

    You forgot to mention the chili at Hustonsl They only have it on Saturday. Some of the best around. Comes with cheese, onions and chips.

  • RD

    You guys are wrong about the original Tommy’s chili! Any time I’m feeling a bit constipated, there is nothing better than either a tamale, double cheese, or even a chili cheese dog for a refreshing colon blow drom 10 to 20 minutes after consuming.
    And don’t forget the orange soda for complete colorization of your underwear!


  • Always left out

    I guess you did not look in Southern Cal!!! THere is no GOOD food in Orange County!!!!!!

  • Colin

    Carney’s and Skooby’s are far and away the best chilid dogs that I’ve ever had. Conversely, Pink’s is low grade dog food, over priced, crowded, and among the most overrated things on the planet. I don’t believe that is hyperbole.

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