So, after visiting a friend in Azuza a couple of weeks ago, I happened to be driving down Azusa Avenue towards the freeway when I saw a sign that said "David's Chili House". Always the chili-head, I turned around and drove into the driveway. In the window were several pictures of fried shrimp, teriaki chicken, chili burgers - kind of an odd array of offerings. Intrigued, I walked inside. Nice, bright, clean space in a stripmall boasting a donut shop and taqueria. It was after 9pm and I was the only one in there. I was greeted warmly by the owner, Debbie. She asked if I wanted chili chips or chili bowl. I opted for the chili chips. Turns out she wanted me to try her chili (she is very proud of it) and was offering me a sample. I was pleasantly surprised. The chili was really good. Had a nice kick to it. She said it was her great-uncle's recipe and they kept it exactly the same all these years. I started talking to her and she said that it had only been open for 1 or 2 weeks and they were starting to get a steady stream of customers - many of them repeats.
I was looking at the nice menu on the wall - complete with colored pictures (I love that) and knew what I was having the second I noticed it - David's Chili Spaghetti: spaghetti, chili, cheese, onions and pickles on the side for (get this) $3.95!! YES! $3.95. I could not believe it. I grabbed a Strawberry soda from the cooler and was ready to go.
While waiting for my order, I talked a little more with Debbie (and her brother) and mentioned the odd assortment of items that they offer (said much nicer than that, of course): chili- burgers (with cheese $2.55), fries, dogs, spaghetti, chips and fried shrimp, fish, pot stickers, egg rolls, chicken, beef teriyaki, spicy pork, all as combos or plates with rice, salad, potsticker and eggrolls. Fish tacos - all kinds of things that you do not usually find on one menu all at once! She said that her family has been in the restaurant business for a long time and her brothers have a restaurant in East (?) LA and they sell the teriaki-styled items. She said that she always wanted to do something with her uncle's chili but also picked the biggest sellers from the other restraurant and added those to her menu as well. Sounded good to me.
My order arrived pretty quickly and was served in a large bowl. Not a HUGE offering, but very substantial for the $3.95 you are paying! And it was really good. I am from the school of chili spaghetti from Bob's Big Boy and still get it every time I go there, so I loves me my chili spaghetti. This one was very good. REALLY, really good, actually. Now that I think of it, I think I actually like it better than Bob's - and for $3.95 vs the $8 you pay at Bob's. I can't get over that price, if you hadn't noticed. I told her she needs to raise her prices. She said that she wants people to eat her chili and that is why her prices are so low. The teriaki combo is $5.99 and the Chicken & Fish or Shrimp combo is $7.99 so the real deal here is the chili, but while I was eating some other people came in and ordered the teriyaki and the spicy pork and they said they really like it.
If you are in the area, you should definitely try it. I think you will like it!! Thanks!
David's Chili House
319 S Azusa Avenue (just north of the 210, directly across the street from In N Out)
Azusa, CA 91702
Mon-Sat 10-10 (closed Sunday)