great chlil very close 2 pinks in L.A.
There n back again, or my trip to willie's chiliburgers
I had heard that there was a hamburger joint in Sacramento faithfully reproducing a pinks or Tommy's chili experience. There almost is . The chili is a near knockoff of pinks chili which is great, but the hot dog n burger experience is off the mark. The staff is using microwaves to heat the hot dogs, burgers, n chili. The chili is a little to thick, needs less flour. Needs to be served hotter "not more spicy" hotter temp. The tomato's are pre-sliced. Way to many at a time n then microwaved with the burger, n chili. Makes for a soggy tomato which ruins an otherwise perfect combo of cold crisp, pickles, and tomato's which is mixed with an awesome but way to cold n thick chili. In summation lose the microwaves get steamers for the hot dogs n buns. thin the chili out n serve lots hotter n do not pre-slice your tomatoes to the point where they lose that crisp crunchy contrast that makes a Tommy's burger what it is. Meanwhile you have success within your grasp. A few changes n you could have it. The chili is really very good. I appreciate what is trying to be done here.
Benn going for year. I read the other reviews and being a local of Sacramento I must tell you I have been going to get hamburgers here for years since I was 14 in fact and I always take people who have never had the joy of this great timeless place. Everyone I have ever taken has said it was one of the best old fastion burger places they have been to specialy the older ones who remember the way a burger use to be made. If you want to step back into the 50's and tast the way good burgers frys and milk shakes where made then this is place to go. Quality without the high price just the way it always was and the way they have kept there famous and oh so yummy hamburgers.
yuk!. i tried the chili burger, gross, it was like a old burger and slopped on chili beans. i took 2 bites and did not eat the rest. i'll never go back. the milkshake was the only thing good.
This den of burger iniquity serves up such messy,delicious fare that it asks diners to make cleanliness a virtue..
Willie's is different from any other burger joint around. It's cleaner. So clean, in fact, that in addition to its scrubbed-down black and white checkerboard floor, Willie's has mounted paper towel dispensers on the walls, encouraging its customers to be as spic-and-span as its staff.
These juicy burgers, top-notch shakes, yummy fries and tamales--yes, tamales--served with hot chili, tomatoes and onions are worth driving to from just about anywhere.
What to Order
Try the Hammer 2, a luscious ensemble of a single, juicy patty piled with cheese, thousand island dressing, tomatoes and lettuce.
What to Skip
The chili fries are super messy. Willie's is super clean. Only order them to go, or you'll feel the shame.
Chiliburger. They have a fairly good knockoff of a "Tommy Burger" (If you are from L.A. you know what I'm talking about. My only gripe is unlike Tommy's which is always excellent, it can be hit-or-miss here at Willies, sometimes you get a great burger, sometimes less. The folsom location seems better (and with Sudwerk's on tap, it's worth the trip).
Good grease!!. Gorged myself on the best hamberger that I have had in a while--the Hammer 2 with pastrami and bacon and shared the onion rings, which were to die for with two other people. I can only afford to splurge on the calorie overload once a month.
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