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Chili Fries Round Up


I’ve been in a chili fries state of mind, lately, odd for me, usually it’s a twice a year kinda treat thing, but lately I’ve been imbibing every time they show up on a menu.   First time in this round was in Ukiah, CA, late at night on the current version of this road trip, which started a month ago, and has continued with a couple of brief hiatuses in the middle.

At Be Bops Diner, the chili was hot, meaty, the onions fresh and crispy, and the cheese bountiful.  I’m not usually a cheese guy on chili fries, tho I love it, a girl has to watch her figure!

The next stop was Boulevard Burgers in Woodland Hills, CA.  This was a food service type chili, the one that has that undertone of cinnamon, as I have mentioned so often, this is a popular food service offering, but I am not sure who it belongs too.  I’m starting to think it is from Vienna Beef.   It’s a good one, but I’d like it jazzed up a bit, and no, I am not sure what that means.

On to Jack’s Classic Hamburgers in North Hollywood, where they goofed a little, and gave me the chili on the burger, instead of the fries.  I had to do a little self-service relocation on that one, but fortunately, the chili on the burger was ample, so there was plenty to adjust.   I won’t make you suffer through the pix of that ordeal, it wasn’t pretty in the end!

Johnnie’s Pastrami in Culver City, Cailfornia, served up a nice order, again, I think this was Vienna’s product, but this might have been jazzed up a little.  It was the perfect accompaniment for the famous Pastrami dip.  I do love freshly diced white onions as my topping of choice!

Then it was on to the I-15 trek from Los Angeles to Vegas, and stopping at Original Tommy’s in Barstow, just for a side of their chili fries, on my way to lunch, needed a little something to tide me over.   Their presentation is usually a little prettier than this, I take responsibility for dumping them over in the sack and trying to make it good again on my own.  I failed, obviously, at the aesthetics, but won during the consumption round!

On my recent trips, by far my favorite chili, was the little local hot spot in Tulsa, Ron’s,  where not only the fries, but the burgers, are buried under pounds of deliciously meaty, mildly spicy chili!  Yep, there is a burger under there somewhere!

Chili fries.  It’s what’s for dinner.


Culver City, CA – Johnnie’s Pastrami


There are two or three places in Los Angeles that regularly tout that they invented the “French Dip.” No matter, years later along came Johnnie’s and created a legend all by themselves – the Pastrami Dip.

WTF? Friends of mine in Los Angeles are saying right now “BurgerDogBoy, you ate pastrami?! You HATE pastrami!”.

Not true folks. It’s just a little secret I keep close to the vest. I can’t help but love Johnnie’s, it was born the same year I was, and I have an affinity for things like that. I once owned a Seeburg Jukebox from the same year. Sweet. Just like me. Ran like clockwork. Mostly. Occasionally needed parts. Just like me.

Johnnie’s occupies a marvelous corner, there’s a really shady hotel kitty-korner that I have had occasion to use an hour or two – and next door is Cinco de Mayo, the all night Mexican joint I have written about before – and behind that, the Los Angeles beloved Tito’s Tacos. You could eat six meals a day and never leave this street corner.

Johnnie’s is open late, and has some cool outdoor seating with firepits. On this day, I plopped my large derriere at the counter, ordered the dip and a side of chili fries. Ah, there’s that familiar chili again. Could it be Vienna? There’s a Vienna clock on the wall here. Hmmmm.

I could only get through half the sandwich, having gorged myself on free pickles aforehand. Yummy, crisp dill chunks.

Could the true test of the worth of a sandwich be much the same as my test for pizza? How is it the next morning after being left out on the counter all night? Or in the case of the pastrami, how is it the next day after being left on the seat of the car all night?

Unfrickin’ believable. What a great breakfast.

Check out Johnnie’s the next time you are in L.A.  Yes, they have burgers and dogs.  Cash only, but ATM on site.

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