Putting Our Legs To Work At The 2nd Annual Old Town Seal Beach Main Street Chili Cookoff Crawl

Posted: November 18, 2014 in Events, Food, Orange County, Restaurant
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Following on the heels of the last year’s successful first run, the Old Town Seal Beach Chili Cook Off returned this past Saturday afternoon. Coinciding with the 2nd Annual Seal Beach Restaurant Week, ten Seal Beach restaurants prepared their best renditions of chili to serve to visitors. Occurring similar to a strolling event, visitors paid $10 to receive a stamp card listing all ten participating restaurants on Main Street in Seal Beach. Visitors could then take this stamp card to the ten locations to receive a sample of chili. A number of changes occurred during this event that contrasted what transpired last year.

  • Last year’s chili cookoff took place in the Hennessey’s Grill parking lot. This year’s event forced visitors to have to explore Seal Beach to find all the restaurants.
  • All visitors received one free raffle ticket last year to win a prize. This year, visitors had to pay for raffle tickets.
  • Visitors could eat as much chili as they wanted to last year. This year only allowed one sample per visitor per location.

Put all together, it appears that the event lost the qualities that made it so fun last year. Personally, none of the chili stood out to me this year, whereas last year I recall going back for 320 Main and Beachwood BBQ‘s chili. Normally I would remember which ones truly shined, but after trying all ten chili samples, I did not fondly remember any of the chili.

Like last year, ten restaurants participated in the chili cookoff. A few opted to not participate, while a few stepped up to take their place.

Crema Café ended up taking the grand prize, while Beachwood BBQ won the people’s choice. Personally, I voted for Thai On Main because of the strong Thai flavors in their chili. Overall, all of the participating restaurants delivered a fun and tasty afternoon, albeit not every restaurant in Seal Beach participated. Seal Beach Restaurant Week continues to run now through this Saturday, so I urge you to head on down to Seal Beach and explore the many local restaurants & shops down there to experience a true old-town feel.


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