2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506
Parking: Street, Lot, On Site
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Family Style, American, Take Out
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Good for Kids: Yes
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I've been curious about Chili John's for the longest time and am so glad I finally checked it out. The staff is super friendly and greeted us with a taste test of their three signature chilis. All were delicious but my favorite was the chicken chili and my husband's was the mild beef. We will be back and next time we'll try the homemade pie too.
BEST. CHILI. EVER!
Seriously though, if you haven't been to Burbank's oldest establishment, and best chili around, then what are you waiting for!?
Chili John's has a great old school diner atmosphere, though it is first come first serve, so be prepared to wait if you come with a large group.
09/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
went here w/ my work-lunch partner-in-crime a few weeks ago & thought it was awesome. The staff had a cheery attitude, even in the saunaesque conditions in there & they really do serve up a mean bowl of chili.
We wrote a giant review, complete w/ a bunch of pics, on our totally amateur lets-kill-some-time-at-work blog. Check it out here if you're so inclined: www./burbankbites.blogspot. com/
12/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
It is sensational! I have a friend from Idaho who always makes a visit to have their chili when he is in the area. He even orders chili makings via express mail so he can enjoy it between visits. It is true the price is a bit steep but it is so good that it is worth the price. Besides chili I always get one of their special hot dogs, with the seasoning added to the meat. Don't forget dessert--the pies are very tasty.
12/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
DO......NOT............DO IT! There is a perfectly good reason for the name JOHN in the title.....because that is either where this concoction came out of or where you will be spending the remainder of your afternoon all while being so P.O.'d at yourself for the amount of money spent on this nonsense.We got lunch for 4 people.....that's 4 bowls of chili and an ungodly amount of oysters crackers and......IT WAS $48.00 BUCKS!!!!! FOURTY EIGHT!!!
Unbelievable......never.....ever. ever. ever .ever again.
08/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Even though Chili John's is closed during the summer, I have been going here for almost 20 years. Gene is a hoot! Love the small diner atmosphere and the chili is by far the best I've ever had! That's why I keep coming back. And as far as this place staying in business, some lunchtimes I've seen 10 to 15 people waiting for a seat at the counter! And if you really want to taste their chile during the summer time, Gene will set you up just call ahead and he will have the fixings ready for you.
07/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love Chili John's... The best chili in the valley. They are closed most of the time in the summer as it is a family run business who closes in the summer time. I have been to may different chili places and nothing is quite the same..... Love the atmosphere and food and it is not over priced. A great place to eat at....
02/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Some reviewers just don't seem to get it. Do you have any idea how old this place is, or its history? Their own oyster crackers are said to have inspired Nabisco to market them. The logo copyright is older than... The Burbank location is the oldest restaurant in the town.
Only a lightweight or novice would compare Tommy's or any good hot dog sauce to real chili. Yes, CJ's has hot dogs and the right sauce for those too, but it's really about the politically incorrect and oh-so-real chili here. Jumbo Judy and RJ Rev are both right about the menu choices, in fact. And so are Trip Advisor and Chris R about other facts.
Chili John makes only one chili, and it's hot. If you want it milder, add some of their fantastic signature pink beans. Still too hot? More beans. And please don't stir them. A little beans, chili oil (and other condiments, if you like) should complement the chili on your spoon, not be whirled into it.
Now if they'd just put up a website like the original in Wisconsin, so we can order the grub from out of town. I had the pleasure of getting my regular Chili John's fix for over twenty years while in LA throughout the 80s and 90s, and it will never be enough.
02/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Have lived in Burbank most of my life. Have driven by Chili John's many many times. It's a wonder how this restaurant stays in business. Most of the time I go by, it's closed contrary to the posted hours. Not to mention all the many times there is a large white sign on an easel inside the glass front door that reads ""GONE FISHING"". I agree with one of the other reviews about the few customers that are inside when they are open. Even though I've heard poor reviews about this place from friends and aquaintances that have eaten here, I would some day like to try their chili, then maybe I can give this place a better rating. Maybe the next time I go by there sporting an appetite, and they're open, I'll check it out.
08/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
03/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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!
03/24/2005Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/03/2003Provided by Citysearch -
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.
05/12/2003Provided by Citysearch -
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.