So, after I started writing the restaurant review of Zoes Kitchen yesterday, I realized that I have in fact been to another new restaurant recently and you might like to know about it as well. The name of the place is Anaheim Chili and actually it's not all that new as it opened some time towards the end of 2011, but I had never eaten there until last month when I went with Jackie and her parents and some friends.
Anaheim Chili is located on Cecil Ashburn drive in the strip of shops
that also houses I Love Sushi, Bicycle Works and Bruegger's. It's
actually in the building above those three, but I can't think of what
else is exactly in the same building as Anaheim Chili, I do think there
is a tennis store there; oh, and Alabama Outdoors. At any rate, if you
know the area, then you know what I'm talking about and that's all that
As you can imagine, Anaheim Chili's special is, well, chili. In fact,
they have 10 or so different types. However, in addition to chili, they
also have hamburgers, hot dogs and other items. Jackie and I both had
the loose meat sandwich when we went which is described as a Sloppy Joe
without the sloppy and we both thought it was really good. I had fries
with mine. The fries are described something along the lines of being
cooked like they are done in France which quite honestly cracked me up
because fries in France don't taste any different in France than they do
in the States. The only difference being they are called Frites in
France. Moving on...
Jackie's mom had a hamburgers and she said she likes them better than
Five Guys burgers - a bold statement indeed. Our friend Christa had a
chili dog and she said it was delicious. It's what she always orders if I
remember correctly. Jackie's step-dad, Tim, had a bowl of chili and it
was a large sized portion and I cannot remember what Christa's husband
had; but everyone seemed to enjoy their food immensely. We also shared
some onion rings which appeared to be hand-battered and were served with
a side of special sauce - these were really good.
The prices were reasonable, all food is under $10 if I remember
correctly; seems like our sandwiches were around $7 or $8 and the bowl
of chili was around $6. The owner was in the restaurant cooking the day
we were there and was friendly. The other staff were also nice and
helpful. We ate there on a Sunday after church and it wasn't too crowded
but at the same time, there were quite a few families and couples
enjoying the food. I would definitely return for another visit, and it
especially seems like it would be a good place to go when you need a hot
bowl of chili on a cold winter day.
Anaheim Chili does not have a web site that I could find. For those of
you on the dreaded facebook, it appears from the Google that they do
have a facebook page. I did come across a Huntsville Times article about
the place and have posted the link for you here. Check out Anaheim
Chili the next time you are looking for a new restaurant to visit.