Austin >Food & Dining > Texas Chili Parlor
1409 Lavaca St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.277088 -97.741963
Monday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 AM
Whether for a pre-Longhorn football game warm up or post work libations, the legendary Texas Chili Parlor is one of my favorite stomping grounds in the Capitol City. The casual, raucous bar always attracts an eclectic crowd, thanks to its drinks that are heavy on the pour and light on the wallet. While the rum-rich ‘Magnums’ and citrusy margaritas are quite tasty, my money order is always a Drew Drink. Consisting of two shots of vodka, a little soda, splash of cranberry, squeeze of lime, and served tall over plenty of ice, a Drew Drink is guaranteed to ensure the happiest of happy hours.
If you're looking to live life Tarantino-style, then Texas Chili Parlor is a must! This sticky and crusty old-school joint was made famous by the ADD-riddled director's Death Proof, but continues to delight fans with their plethora of chili, cheap prices and colorful clientele. TCP always promises to showcase cowboys- political and not. Due to its proximity to the Texas Capitol, politicians and lawyers love to live out the glory days of Austin with some yummy XXX chili and whiskey. A great place to bring out-of-towners or to hang with the folks that make Austin so special. Anthony Bourdain made a stop here while filming No Reservations in Austin.
How is it that I am just now discovering Texas Chili Parlor? It seems to be a little Lockhart bar that somehow got dropped into downtown Austin, which is precisely why it's so charming. Black eyed peas here on New Year's Day are a tradition for many, and having sampled them myself, I can tell you that they are hot, soupy, and just salty enough.
great customer sevice – out of towner who makes the TCP his 1st stop.good bar,great people who work there and the migas for breakfast a great way to start your day.nice place to mingle with the locals and nice atmosphere at night
A temple to one of Texas' sacred dishes, served in its unadorned glory. – In Short
This Capitol area cafe's decor mixes the faux antique signs of chain restaurants with beer joint bric-a-brac. The crowd includes businessmen, construction workers and state employees. The dining rooms are small and the tables are close together at peak times. The chili is served with only a few slivers of onion and jalapeno. The meat is tender, yet keeps its shape. There are three serving sizes and three levels of heat.
Unimpressive – With a namesake like Texas CHILI Parlor, you would expect the chili to be above average if not exceptional. This however was not the case during my visit. The chili and frito-pie were terrible. The "spicy" chili lacked heat and the frito-pie was bland. I could barely stomach the frito-pie after a few bites. Save the $15 and stop by Wendy's for their 99 cent chili which is actually a whole lot better and probably healthier.
Frito pie, baby! – I'm a Chicagoan, and every time I visit Austin, I make this place numero uno on my list. Gotta have the Frito pie. Great laid-back atmosphere.
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