Not sure if this matters to anyone ...
Had lunch at Chili My Soul yesterday, it seems to be the halfway point between my office in Westwood and some friends who work in the Valley, so every couple of months we meet there for lunch.
Same food as always, the chili is good, the turkey patty was good (I had the soul size) ... it's a fine lunch, though sometimes I feel it's a little expensive for what you get, but not too much.
They have a sign that says Kobe Beef is coming. If anyone ever wondered what Kobe beef would taste like in chili, you won't have much longer to worry.
They also are featuring -- with a sign on the wall -- Mexican Coca Cola. It points out it's made with real sugar and tastes better. I drink diet, so I didn't have any. But I've noticed it mentioned in a couple of threads here and thought it was worth noting.
Final comment: There aren't that many places to get good chili in LA. Chili My Soul is on the short list, no matter who is writing it. And I think because it's good chili -- and they have about 20 different types a day that rotate -- the place is popular. But it is always chaos in there. It's as if they are one person short staffed every time I go. Once they only had one person in the whole place, the kitchen staffed walked out on the counterperson. Other times, it's just that weird system. It takes forever to order because everyone is sampling chili and then standing around trying to decide and the phone doesn't stop ringing and the person taking the orders keeps interrupting you while you are ordering to answer the phone and when your food is up it takes forever for someone to come around out of the kitchen or from behind the counter to bring you your food and the tables are never bussed because the place is so busy and there seems like there are only two people in there. I picked up yesterday and the countergirl (counterwoman? -- she was a girl to me, no offense meant) was the daughter of the owner because she kept referencing her dad and she was on the phone in the midst of everthing trying to get someone in to help her out ...
Anyways, Chili My Soul has good food and I go back all the time. But the chaotic way they run the place is sort of like a stage show, once you get used to it. OTOH, it seems like one more person on the lunch shift solves the whole situation ...
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