The worthless area north of Los Angeles known as 'the valley' is a cultural wasteland featuring chain stores and other large franchises. Among this rubble is a culinary oasis called Chili My Soul.
This Encino based eatery makes over 30 kinds of chili using various meats and peppers. The heat is measured on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the hottest). On any given day, the restaurant makes 12-15 different kinds of their famous chili. Check the website for today's up-to-date choices.
Of the 30 varieties, at least 5 are vegetarian and if none are spicy enough for you then you can ask to "bump-up" the heat to any number. The 'Demon' chili is the only level 10 on the menu and the chefs insist that you try it before they sell it to you.
Good chili is one thing but driving to Encino for just a bowl seems retarded. A look at the menu shows the many ways 'Chili My Soul' serves up their homemade magic. I opted for the House Style Veggie Soul Burger with Spicy Garden Chili (bumped-up to a level 7). This sloppy slice of heaven was so good that for a split second I contemplated moving to the valley.
With so many types of chili and so many ways to have it (on Nachos, Hot Dogs, Fries, and Baked Potatoes) there is a seemingly endless string of possibilities. This is definitely a new favorite. All I need now are some wet-naps and a ride north.