I just don't get it. I see the guy who posted after me saying that if I didn't like it, the problem is with me, not my choice of restaraunts because I just don't "understand". I've never been compelled to write a restaraunt review before untilI I went here. I've lived close to the restaraunt for years now. Always walking by, seeing the neat, 50's style atmosphere and told myself I would try it soon. So, I went in today with my two year old son to have lunch today. It was rainy and cold and I thought chili would be perfect, because I love chili. Well, I wanted a menu, but all they serve is 1 dish, which is "chili"? The only customization you can get is the size of plate.So I eagerly ordered a large to share with my 2 year old son. What I received can simply be described as unseasoned, dry ground beef generously piled on top of red beans. That's it. No seasoning whatsoever. Yes, you may get things on the side to create your own "chili", like jalapenos, ketchup, onions...etc. There wasn't even any salt or pepper on the table to make this plate of bland taste like something. There was a jar of chili powder on the table though. Seriously...how does this place stay in business? Yes, if I was starving, this would sustain me, but why would I spend $10 on it? Where did the cook go to school at? I'm seroious, it was ONLY ground beef and a can of beans. I put everything they had on the side and I could still only get 2 spoons down me before I got up to leave. They also give you a cup of the liquid that the can of beans must have come in to make it "soupy" if I so desired. My son wouldn't even touch it. Even the most simple of brain dead bachelors can make a passable chili. They should change the name from Fritz's Chili to Fritz's Beef and Beans. Under no stretch of the imagination could what I had be classified as "chili". It was just so bad, bland and utterly tasteless. I'm even a bit of a chili connosuir, having gone to chili competitions and frequenting chili parlours all my life. The waitress seemed nice, the establishment was clean, and the decor was classic. I almost feel guilty for writing this, but people just have to know what they are going to be getting. I walked right over to the chinese restaraunt immediately next door. By the way, that place is awesome and I'm a regular.
Taco Via at 95th and Antioch is a tradition. It's not that the food is awesome. It's nostalgic. It's home. It's the crushed ice, the big booths, the melted cheese nachos, the steamed sancho, the Galaga game in the corner, the cups of taco sauce you can drink straight on a dare from your friends. it's Debbie the cashier who's worked there for 40 years plus. If you're looking for authentic Mexican or Tex/Mex food, this isn't it. This is Taco Burgers and Taco Dogs and Burritos with Onion Sauce.It's a trip back to a great time. It's home.