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George the Chili King

5722 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-1121
+1 515-277-9433
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good19%
  • Average19%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible17%
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“chili” (33 reviews)
“tenderloin” (15 reviews)
“cheeseburger” (3 reviews)
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American, Fast food, Diner
5722 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-1121
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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

The chili isn't really that great, the hamburgers aren't either. The tenderloins are pretty good. And if you like dive bar greasy diner food, then this is your place. I often end up with diarrhea after eating here, so I've pretty much stopped going. The...More

Thank Casey Y
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Little hole in the wall on the side of the road. Old school style chilli. Could use a bit more spice, but good! Definately worth the drive!

Thank Lovewinds
Reviewed 14 July 2017

I have seen the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives episode that features this old style drive-in twice. There was such a fuss made about the chili that we felt we had to try it since we were in the neighborhood. We are from Texas, so 'chili'...More

Thank Martha G
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

The Triple DDD app lead us to this unique Mom and Pop diner where we sat at the counter and chatted with the staff and granddaughter of George. Yummy chili cheese fries and pork tenderloin sandwich. You'd think the ketchup and onions on the sandwich...More

Thank BigBubbas
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Triple D spot and it was all 3, a dive diner drive in... was good but I ranked it a two for integrity. They have a special pork loin Triple D made them famous for but they don't always have hand made/batter one so they...More

Thank bigstevehd
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Terrible- a fly in the onion rings, cheeseburger was frozen and flat! Chili was mush! I ate there many times in the 60's and remember it fondly with decent food! Took my wife there and ate inside. It was not clean and burger was not...More

Thank finleyjj
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Chili was good. It was exactly what you would expect from a 63 year old roller-skate drive-in. Coney dog was good too. Chili is unique .

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

You either like this place or you hate it. It's an old school roller skate drive in restaurant from the 50's. Plenty of memories from my childhood are here and the place hasn't changed a bit. As for the food...I like the tenderloin and the...More

Thank Casey Y
Reviewed 10 October 2016

As the name implies, one of the house specialties is chili. It is the thin kind and has a unique flavor. Personally, I love it, but others don't necessarily agree with that. Coney Island style hot dogs are also great, but I'd pass on the...More

Thank seacorp
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

My wife and I both had the pork tenderloins and Fries. They were okay. The chili King was opened in 1952 and it pretty much looks the same as it was when opened and you see the same style inside and out of the early...More

Thank George B
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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5722 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-1121
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-277-9433
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