I love Frito Pie. LOVE it.
And when it comes to Frito Pie, I always go to the Texas Chili Parlor.
First of all, this place is easy to find - near the Capitol. And if you're in that area and love Frito Pie, this is your place. My brother Jack and I are not huge chili fans, but we both wanted to try something other than BBQ in Austin (which is what this place is famous for).
To be honest, the Texas Chili Parlor is a 'hole in the wall' but I believe it merely adds to the experience.
We started off with the Killer Nachos, added chili to it, and requested some of the items that I didn't like, to be put on the side. By the time that we were finished with the nachos, we were both stuffed. But I was a trooper and stuffed at least half of my meal down too. I ordered the chili potato that came with a salad. I wouldn't categorize the salad as a side salad, that thing was huge! The chili that came with the potato did more than just top it, it spilled over and covered practically every edge of the plate. I chose the mild chili, which was combined with brisket. That was the first time that I'd had brisket in chili before and I must say, it was excellent. My husband had the hottest chili and he usually likes everything hot, but he didn't care much for it. I think he was just full to capacity though. I do wish that they would give you at least a tiny sample before you decide which flavor of chili to order though... just a suggestion though. I was satisfied with my decision, but he wasted his large bowl.
Definitely order the Frito Pie...and the Chili Sampler if you're hungry enough to handle it.
Unusual/fun atmosphere, great service, inexpensive, tasty food...and incredible Frito Pie. What more could you ask for?
1409 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701