Burbank >Food & Dining > Chili John's
2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA | Directions 9150634.180090 -118.333835
Tue - Fri 11am - 7pm, Sat 11am - 4pm, closed Sun, Mon
Super-fattening indulgence with so-so service. – Chili John's is a place you go to when you want to go all out with a chili feast -- it is fatty, salty, ladeled on top of a carb-loaded pile of spahgetti and topped with cheddar and more (optional). It is very, very good and the pies are absolutely wonderful.
Unfortunately, one more than one occassion I have been irritated by the loud-mouth people who work behind the counter and act like you've stepped into their social hour to eat. They are not very funny and discuss private business matters and gripes in front of customers -- which I consider highly obnoxious. It has caused me not to go back. But, you can get the chili to go which I recommend.
CHILI JOHN'S LEAVES ME CHILLY – I'VE BEEN THERE TWICE...AND I'M KICKING MYSELF FOR TRIP #2. THE CHILI I ORDERED WAS DEFINITELY FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE CONTAINER--DRIED OUT AND TASTELESS. AS A BURBANK RESIDENT FOR BETTER THAN 12 YEARS, I HAVE OFTEN MARVLED HOW THIS JOINT STAYS OPEN--I'VE NEVER SEEN MORE THAN ONE OR TWO PEOPLE THERE, AND IT SEEMS TO BE CLOSED MORE THAN IT'S OPEN. AVOID AT ALL COST!
I dig this Chili – There are many different options for your chili here. Levels of spiciness, added ingredients (noodles, sour cream, onions, etc...). Fun diner atmos with little waiting time except during a rush. The staff are friendly and easy pleasers. You can purchase a "Chili Kit" for around $20 and make it at home too.
Burbank chili parlor covers its culinary bases with chilis that embrace beef, barley and everything in between. – In Short
Opened in 1946, Burbank's oldest restaurant sports a painted white-brick exterior and a large red-lettered logo. Inside, gingham curtains, a mural of the Rockies and a welded horseshoe hat stand create the Midwestern vibe. The U-shaped counter surrounds a serving station where bowls of chili start off simple--just the meat or veggie base--and work up from there. Patrons specify mild, medium or hot, and can request beans, spaghetti, cheese, sour cream and onions.
Do you ever wish you could have gone to Mel's diner in real life? Well now you can. This place is legit! They have filthy menus, stained shirts on the wait staff, there are no tables, and nothing here is healthy...and it's perfect! They only have 1 kind of chili. Don't let them tell you any different. You can order beef, chicken, or vegi, and hot, medium, or mild...but it's all the same stuff! But it doesn't matter because it's the best chili ever. Top it off with some lemon pie and a tall coke, and you'll feel satisfied all day...although your office mates may wish you went straight home. Oh, and ONLY FOR LUNCH. They close early.
Choices, Choices – There truly are choices at Chili John's. Do you prefer beef, chicken, or vegetarian? Do you prefer it mild, medium, or hot? Do you prefer it over beans, over spaghetti, both, or by itself? Do you like onions, cheese, and/or sour cream? Hot peppers?
Fun, small, local atmosphere, with a U-shaped counter of approximately 20 seats, period. I hear the homemade pies (pineapple cream, and lemon) are the best, but I was too full after my chili.
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