Chili John's

2018 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506


  • Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-4p.m.
  • $
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
From a series of stainless-steel vats in the center of the room, the counterman at Chili John's scoops out pinkish beans, mounding them high in a yellow plastic bowl, then he carefully spoons thick, brick-red chili over the beans until the bowl nearly brims over onto the counter. With a flourish, he tops off the chili with a splash of bean water. He cocks an eyebrow, which means: "Would you like an extra little drizzle of orange grease with that?" Of course you do.

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