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Pacific Grove: Chili Great Chili--AVOID

Steve Green | Feb 11, 200501:32 AM

Absolutely Horrible.

We went to this restaurant on Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, in the hope of finding a simple decent meal. We had asked our B&B-keeper for a place that served a good burger, and he sent us there.

S.O. had the namesake chili, on rice, and I opted for the “American” burger. Seemed like safe options, no? No. The chili was bland and soulless, with no detectable chili flavor—essentially a nondescript red sauce with ground meat. No resemblance to any chili we’ve ever known—it seemed to have been made by someone who had never tasted or even seen actual chili. S.O. was invited to visit the condiment bar, which consisted of a bin of grated cheese, tired-looking chopped onions, and grayish jalapenos. My burger had an odd taste—as if it was part lamb, and had been spiced with gyro seasoning. At least that’s what I thought—S.O. suspected bad meat.

No point in complaining, because: 1. we were invisible to the help once we had received our meals, and 2. the place was completely full by that time. We decided that there couldn’t be anything wrong with the food-- we must have been the problem. Perhaps we ordered the wrong things, although one would think that the chili should have been at least OK at a restaurant called Chili Great Chili. Go figure.

Apparently Pacific Grove-ians think this place is just peachy, because there was a line of people waiting to get in when we finally (after over 15 minutes of plaintive waving) got our check and left. We cannot understand what the attraction of this place might be. It’s certainly not low prices, because a burger, coke, glass of house rotgut, and the so-called “chili” set us back over $25. We understand that local residents may prefer blander food that what we’re used to, but this food was just plain terrible. We certainly won’t be back.

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