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Chili Johns Green Bay, WI

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519 S Military Ave
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54303

Fax: 920.494.0187

Chili Johns Description

Chili John's chili authentic recipe is still a secret. The formula is the creation of John Issac, a Lithuanian who came to the United States in 1879. John opened a restaurant in 1913 bearing a sign reading only "Chili". This restaurant was located at the foot of the Main St. bridge. Fans of his recipe soon began calling him "Chili John", and the name of the restaurant was born. Over the past 80 years, the recipe has never varied. Chili John's Restaurant features mild, medium, hot, or extra-hot chili. A bowl of chili includes portions of beans and/or spaghetti, and a spicy meat.

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Rated 1 out of 5

based on 3 ratings and 2 reviews

I'm a local boy and dissapointed

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review of by boogiebeams 11-23-2012 05:55PM
I grew up in Green Bay but never went to CJ's. On Black Friday I decided to invite my Uncle to CJ's for the experience. I ordered X-Hot on top of beans. It was dry and the "kidney" beans were al dente" The chili was dry and pasty from too much chili powder and not enough liquid. Thier was not even a tinkling of heat.

The server brought our water with the meal and was then lost to us. Had to get our own water. I left disappointed and woozy. Not from hot chili, but from a bad product. Sorry Green Bay, you have conviced yourself that this is good food.

For a twenty dollar visit, I could have gotten more satisfaction from the clown or the king

Expensive bowl of something resembling chili

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review of by foodwinelady 04-22-2011 12:05PM
I've tried Chili John's a few times over the past few years, and didn't care for it, so thought I'd give it one last chance. After all, everyone has bad days, including restaurants. Unfortunately, it's been the same experience each time I've been in - at least they're consistent!
The 'very hot' chili might be considered hot for those who don't care for spice, but I'd only rate it a heat scale of 3 on a 10 point scale.
I ordered to-go and requested 'just a little' beans and noodles (which is spaghetti).
It came with a lot of spaghetti, very little chili, and less than 10 beans. The spaghetti is served on top, so by the time I got home, the grease had risen to the top and the spaghetti was now swimming in a pool of orange goo. I tasted it, just to be sure it wasn't sauce - nope, it was grease. After pouring off as much as I could, I stirred and tried the chili. It was the same overcooked, burnt chili I remembered.
Not sure how this place has stayed in business so long, but I'll never eat there again.
To top it all off, a regular size bowl was over $8.00. I don't mind paying more for good food, but this was far from good - in quality, taste, or value of the ingredients for teh price paid.
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    Chili Johns Basics

    Mon - Sat: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Closed - Sunday
    Green Bay West
    Handicap Access
    Handicap Access
    Price Range
    Inexpensive $(under$8)
    Not Necessary
    Payment Methods
    Cash, Visa, Mastercard
    Carryout and Delivery in Green Bay

    Chili Johns Features

    Meals Served
    No Alcohol
    Family, All Ages
    Outdoor Seating
    Ships Large Quantites of Chili --weather permitting

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