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Texas Chili Parlor

American Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleApril 3, 2013
    Since 1976, the kitchen's been serving good burgers, Tex-Mex, and, of course, chili of all varieties (XXX, veggie, Frito, etc.). Tarantino devotees will note TCP as a 'Death Proof' filming location.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanDecember 6, 2013
    Great Chili... Perfect for a cold Texas night... The Venison Chili is spot on... Break away from the normal chain fair at this cozy joint right in the heart of downtown Austin...
  • Katie B.
    Katie BJanuary 24, 2014
    Too much of a good thing is a VERY GOOD thing here! Second time here in two days, my newest addiction. If you order the combo get the queso, guacamole and chili, mix all three and fall in love!
  • Franz S.
    Franz StrasserAugust 16, 2011
    You probably want to stop here with a few colleagues if you had a long day and just want to grab some beer and eat some chili. Authentic Texas cuisine, and you feel like you're in the right spot.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloFebruary 24, 2015
    Quentin Tarantino’s favorite Austin spot. The chili comes in X (mild) to XXX (hot) and is topped with crackers, onions, and jalapeños. Video of the best places for chili: http://wxch.nl/1JGRTS8
  • Chuck's G.
    Chuck's GhostNovember 10, 2015
    Loaded Nachos, Real Texas No Bean Chili, Waygu Burgers (when available) and cold beer in honest to God bottles. Close to the Capitol and moderately priced. What's not to love?
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SegalJanuary 2, 2013
    This was a great lunch! The XX was a LOT spicier than I expected. Favorite was the black Bean chili (they were out of white chili). Fun place. Kids all enjoyed it.
  • chelsea c.
    chelsea coronaAugust 17, 2013
    Great food! The 3X chili is really spicy, the first chili I've ever had where I didn't have to add Tabasco! Good salsa! It's got a good vibe here.
  • Nicolas L.
    Nicolas LerouxJuly 15, 2013
    The chili is good. I like spice and the XX was spicy enough for me. I can't imagine what the XXX is like though.
  • jodi h.
    jodi hendersonMarch 1, 2012
    I like my food a little bit spicy, but the XX-spicy was a bit too much for me. Will get the X-mild chili next time. Chili dog was super good BTW!
  • Josh A.
    Josh AAugust 2, 2015
    Austin Classic. Go for the XXX chili which is awesome, but expect to pay the price tomorrow. They also have some basic Mexican fare.
  • Herb H.
    Herb HollandJune 23, 2011
    Never had the pork chop, but they make a SUPERB mess out of a potato! Try the XX on a spud! Have the ranch dressing ... it'll cool the palate!
  • Rusty
    RustyAugust 16, 2013
    Ask 'em if you can try the Venison chili, it's about as hit as the 2x. Not too hot really but super tasty!
  • Greg P.
    Greg PellegrinoJanuary 13, 2016
    2 star chili with added jalapenos was plenty hot. Next time I'll try the 3 star. Mad Dog marata's were awesome!
  • 👾 Jon C.
    👾 Jon CarrollJune 7, 2012
    Get the habanero chili and the steak and enchilada combo. This place is an awesome dive, love it.
  • Derek B.
    Derek BeattieMay 2, 2013
    Xxx hot, habanero and sausage chili sampler.. absolutely fantastic, lethal and lava-like!!! Hello restroom!!!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferSeptember 22, 2011
    If you're looking for a place in Austin that sells Chartreuse -- you are in luck! Happy hour food is also excellently priced.
  • Lily
    LilyAugust 9, 2014
    Killer Bloody Mary. Come for the chili sampler. Stay for the Tarantino experience.
  • Brandy Lee
    Brandy LeeJuly 20, 2013
    The beef fajita grande burrito covered in queso was amazing. The beef was extremely tender!
  • Maegan H.
    Maegan HarlessOctober 26, 2014
    Cheese nachos and potato salad is awesome! Surprisingly, wasn't a fan of their speciality chili..
  • Austin American-Statesman
    Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 21, 2012
    You might remember this iconic eatery/dive bar from Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Death Proof.’ Order up some hot chili and a cold beer, but don’t ask for Lone Star. You won’t get it here.
  • Maxine O.
    Maxine OlefskyJuly 25, 2013
    Amazing little dive with great cheap food to offer! The venison chili is bomb dot com y'all.
  • Jason I.
    Jason IceNovember 26, 2013
    They don't sale lonestar beer for a reason... Wonder why? And only 1 unisex shitter. Good luck ladies. I think this place is owned by yankees... I gotta ask Max. They have beans in the chili...
  • Sharon R.
    Sharon RockwellOctober 13, 2013
    now serving migas! Never thought of eating chili and migas but I must say it was delish!
  • Mary V.
    Mary Vickery2 weeks ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Wednesday Enchilada Special. Go early because they run out.
  • Mary V.
    Mary VickeryApril 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Wednesday special is Chicken Enchiladas! Awesomeness every time I go.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SchneiderJune 25, 2013
    Awesome dive bar, and really GOOD chili here! Highly recommend this place.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the pork chop plate. Ask for chips instead of the rice and beans.
  • Phil C.
    Phil CoxDecember 1, 2012
    Very friendly. Non-intimidating regular clientele. Bartender makes a strong LIT
  • Christopher E.
    Christopher EversonFebruary 11, 2014
    You cannot go wrong with the black bean and sausage chili!
  • Carlos R.
    Carlos RossSeptember 15, 2013
    Venison chili is pretty darn good, might not always be available but worth it.
  • Tim M.
    Tim McClureNovember 17, 2015
    I wish I was in Austin at the Texas chili bar, drinking mad dog margaritas, not carin' where you are
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HewgleyMarch 13, 2010
    Legendary hole in the wall bar... try the chili the first time - get the mildest. $5 burgers on Tuesday nights - worth the price!
  • April B.
    April BennettAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Boone's first time to the Texas Chili Parlor! #greenroom
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron MotsingerJanuary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect dreary or chilly day lunch or dinner? The best chili in town, served right here.
  • Jade G.
    Jade GreenoughMay 18, 2011
    Wednesday lunch special is the BEST! Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas are delicious!!!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BrownMarch 4, 2014
    The 3X chili is so spicy I am eating raw jalapeños to cool my mouth.
  • Felino A.
    Felino AdameApril 4, 2015
    Get the steak & enchilada combo! I thought my mom was in the kitchen!
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurJanuary 6, 2015
    Chicken enchiladas, queso and chips and white chili.
  • April B.
    April BennettMay 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Pick two with white chili and chicken enchiladas. Fritos on the side. Fantastic!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeFreesMay 3, 2013
    Have a problem? Follow the flow chart in the men's bathroom for help.
  • Tim M.
    Tim McClureNovember 17, 2015
    The Mad Dog margaritas are hand crafted at the bar 👌🏼👌🏼
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BlancoJanuary 2, 2012
    The pork chili and Mac and chz is amazing!
  • Joe S.
    Joe SessoSeptember 15, 2013
    Recommended by Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations. Try the sampler
  • Łukasz
    ŁukaszNovember 16, 2013
    Got a recommendation for a steak enchiladas and it was delicious
  • Denise B.
    Denise BrownJanuary 4, 2015
    Love to eat here on Sundays. Waitstaff is awesome.
  • Cory D.
    Cory DavisJanuary 1, 2014
    Get the small frijto pie! It's huge. Try it with mustard!
  • Tania T.
    Tania TorresSeptember 1, 2012
    Got a free drink for having the A BAND APART tattoo from Tarantino films :)
  • Mardin A.
    Mardin AminpourDecember 21, 2011
    Go to this place when Tom's around. He makes your night!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out Texas Chili Parlor as seen on Heat Seekers , Food Paradise Read more
  • Simple F.
    Simple FoodieMarch 24, 2015
    Killer real Texas Chili.
  • jake f.
    jake furstMarch 14, 2011
    Tarantino's favorite spot in town. Great chili and a nice pork chop.
  • Mary F.
    Mary FroebaJuly 10, 2013
    Most of the chili is gluten free!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CrewsMay 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great homemade food, great atmosphere.
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BraymenOctober 18, 2013
    Delicious!! XX chili potato was yummmmm
  • Linda S.
    Linda SamJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chicken flautas! They are so good!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CrewsNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    All the food is made fresh everyday.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EsparzaNovember 6, 2014
    2x chili tamale. Do it.
  • Zack M.
    Zack MinarickJanuary 7, 2015
    Got the venison chili. It's was amazing
  • Eddie W.
    Eddie WellsJanuary 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Nachos are half price during Happy Hour!
  • John S.
    John SheffieldJune 25, 2015
    The hottest chili they got is only for the brave.
  • Samantha S.
    Go to post game spot. Or even second half spot.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeekerAugust 7, 2014
    XX level has decent heat. Beware of XXX. It's hot
  • Andy O.
    Andy OsunaNovember 2, 2015
    Best chili I've ever had
  • Tony E.
    Tony EdwardsMay 10, 2012
    Not the best chili in the world, but a killer dive bar!!!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MateerJuly 8, 2012
    Bring a jacket. It's a chilly parlor.
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyOctober 3, 2012
    Try a beer with your chili!!!
  • Keli A.
    Keli AnayaJune 10, 2016
    THE VENISON CHILE
  • Marcus G.
    Marcus GradneyJanuary 30, 2016
    The Chili of course!
  • Tracy K.
    Tracy KingJanuary 24, 2011
    You want to see folks and get great chili. This is your place
  • Sara N.
    Sara NadeauDecember 13, 2013
    Texas all the way!
  • Chris G.
    Chris GouletMarch 8, 2013
    Not really open until 2 am. Don't fall for it.
  • Evelyn A.
    Evelyn AFebruary 10, 2012
    An A-mazing Austin find!
  • Drew K.
    Drew KesslerJanuary 20, 2016
    Spicy Chili
  • Drew A.
    Drew ArnoldNovember 7, 2009
    It's all about the Mad Dog Margarita. They say it an acquired taste. What's wrong with everybody? It's the bomb!
  • Rob W.
    Rob WierzbickiMarch 21, 2014
    Burns going in, burns going out
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyJanuary 20, 2012
    Try the chili!!
  • Lori P.
    Lori PradoMarch 18, 2011
    Chili was kind of bland; salt helps!
  • Tatiana T.
    Tatiana TorresDecember 24, 2013
    Food was great, but the place was really filthy. The bathroom was simply disgusting.
  • Joe W.
    Joe WhitmarshMarch 17, 2010
    Try the Guacamole burger with tostada chips.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GouletMarch 8, 2013
    Don't waste your time. Ungrateful.
  • Leo B.
    Leo BorovskiyMarch 8, 2012
    Have Chartreuse here.
  • Gina S.
    Gina SigillitoJanuary 23, 2011
    Mmmm...frito pie :)
  • Orestis P.
    Orestis PlakiasSeptember 18, 2016
    Average food, great ambience.
  • DAVID P.
    DAVID PAULSONJanuary 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Hell yea..,
  • Dan M.
    Dan MateerNovember 5, 2011
    This place is freezing.
  • Fred
    FredMay 28, 2010
    See if you can find Stuntman Mike
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen MaddenJune 29, 2011
    Sometimes they close an hour early. Lame.
  • Tina U.
    Tina Ussery2 days ago
    Good food, fairly priced! If you haven't been there in a while, do it! It's a fun place!
  • Chad W.
    Chad WallaceFebruary 24, 2015
    Friedas Enchiladas make me happppyyyyy
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