Growing up in San Francisco I never had a chili burger, so when I first moved to L.A., my roommate and I were both surprised to find that so many burger places in L.A. pile chili on their burgers. Whether chili burgers are more popular in Los Angeles than they are in San Francisco, I'm not sure - but I've come to think of chili burgers as an L.A. thing; right up there with waitresses who're actresses and everyone and their mechanic writing a screenplay. While I've yet to become a chili burger girl, I am definitely a chili cheese fries fiend... and I believe I've just found my chili cheese fry nirvana.
My daughter turned me on to Daglas Burgers, 20036 Vanowen St. Canoga Park (near Winnetka Bl.) Knowing that I'm a sucker for a good corn dog, she told me I have to go to Daglas - a place I've passed by for years. The Daglas sign and exterior, growing dingy over the decades, never called out to me. But, now that I think of it, I've notice there usually are a lot of people inside where the tables and arcade games are, and waiting in line. Silly me! Lines of people usually mean... good food - of course.
With my daughter's good review in mind, I ordered a corn dog and chili cheese fries for me, and a chili burger for my husband. While ordering, I watched the cooks hustling over sizzling grills - that's when I eyed a huge pan full of peeled, fresh potato wedges. They make them fresh there! Not frozen. The Daglas motto is: Where every day is Fry day!
After eating their fries, I'd like to bow down to them and say... yes! Daglas, you've made the best darned chili cheese fries I believe I've ever had. The fries were fresh, sprinkled with seasonings and salt, then topped with really good thick, beef chili.
And my daughter was right, Daglas does make a good corn dog - a juicy dog wrapped in lots of corny-sweet batter, fried golden crisp.
My husband, a man of few adjectives, said he liked the chili burger more than any he's had in a while, including our local Tommy's.