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Restaurant NameDandee Donuts
Address7881 Cooley Lake Rd
City, State ZIPWest Bloomfield, MI 48324
Phone248 363 8130
GPS CoordinatesN 42d36.881' W 083d26.459 LAT 42.6147 LONG -83.4410

Restaurant AtmosphereDonut Shoppe
Chili HeatLittle Zip
Chili FlavorExcellent
Chili TextureThick
Chili PricesSuperb prices. The bowl is the size of a small vat and is only $2.50.
Chili Fixin'sTwo packages of oyster crackers and a shaker of magical, mysterious Asian red pepper.

Comments by Matt Fuerst
Rating: 9
Dandee Donuts is currently the standard setter for chili for me. It delivers some awesome flavor, interesting atmosphere and a great value. Going to Dandee Donuts for lunch is a bit like stepping into the Twilight Zone. Your menu options are as follows: donuts, chili. That's it. But the chili delivers the goods and will have you driving out of your way to get some.

Ordering a bowl at the counter, you are presented with a small vat in a real ceramic bowl with a real silver mini-ladel (IE: a large spoon). The chili is thick enough the spoon will easily stand straight up, and in fact I think I heard some suction when I tried to yank the spoon from the chili. The flavor is where it's at though. The spices they must use here are not the norm, and really make the chili. It's hard to explain because it's unlike any other chili I've had. There are lots of bean present, and the meat is ground very finely. There is not a ton of heat present, its enough to get my nose running a bit by the end of the bowl, but I'm a pretty big "heat wimp".

If you're in the area, give it a shot. This is some seriously great chili! The only reason I'm not giving it a 10 is that it's so early in the Chili Trek, I feel like I can't confidently give Dandee a perfect score... the quest goes on, as there may be something better out there yet!
Comments by Mark Everest
Rating: 9
My Father-in-Law recommended Dandee Donuts chili a couple years ago. Who would
have thought a donut shop would make chili? And what wonderful chili it is!
There is a humble sign offering "Homemade Chili" in the front of the shop but
I think it should read "Best damn chili around" (so far!).

A good size bowl of chili was only $2.50. The nice Vietnamese lady ladled a nice portion into a real bowl and brought out a real spoon. How nice. Crackers and a shaker of spicy goodness was made available.

The chili is thick enough to stand a spoon up in. Chunks and beans galore. But
truly what makes this chili worth all the praise I can muster is the taste. What flavor! I wish I knew what spices are used because I would love to add them to my own chili. I can't believe I'm writing this but, it's okay in this case that there isn't a lot of built in heat. The flavor just out weighs it. Plus, I just sprinkle on a bunch from the shaker and it's quite enjoyable.

It's too bad they don't offer any other food (except donuts) to go with it. The
only upside to this is it leaves room for a sub-standard blizzard from the DQ
on the way back to the office.

Visitor Comments on Dandee Donuts
Uncle BobYou have yet to taste momo's chilli. I think that would truly rate a perfect score.
Matt FuerstWe swung by Dandee today on our normal Tuesday chili outing. Mark asked for a bowl of chili and the look on the womans face was like her athletes foot just started burning out of control. I thought for certain we were going to get shot down, yet again, but she started apologizing "Oh so sorry! Customers complain chili too hot!" Mark started panting like a hound dog on a summer day... The chili was a smidge hotter but still, nothing that even got me sweating. Still, that is some fine chili. And our combined bill was under $8 out the door. Yeah baby.

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