This just in from Carl’s Jr.:

Hi John,

To celebrate its delicious roots and honor Carl’s Jr. founder Carl Karcher’s January birthday, all participating Carl’s Jr. restaurants in the Santa Barbara area among others will re-introduce Jumbo Chili Dogs at a special price of two for $3. The offer started Jan. 8, and runs for a limited time.

The Carl’s Jr. Jumbo Chili Dogs include a Farmer John hot dog topped with spicy beef chili, chopped onions and mustard, served on a toasted hot dog bun. At two for $3, guests can bring a friend and their appetite to enjoy a true Carl’s Jr. classic.

For Carl’s Jr.

Before the big premium charbroiled burgers, the Carl’s Jr. menu starred another all-American favorite: the classic hot dog.

In the summer of 1941, the ambitious young Carl Karcher borrowed $311 on his Plymouth automobile, and his wife Margaret scraped together another $15, to purchase a hot dog cart. Karcher parked at the busy corner of Florence and Central near downtown Los Angeles, originally selling hot dogs and chili dogs. A hit with guests, Carl’s chili dogs and hot dogs remained on the menu through the 1990s and most recently returned for a limited time in 2009.

From these humble beginnings, Karcher created his first sit-down restaurant, Carl’s Drive-in Barbeque, which opened on Jan. 16, 1945, in his hometown of Anaheim, Calif., followed by several smaller versions of the Carl’s restaurant, named, of course, Carl’s Jr. Thus began the Carl’s Jr. story, which today includes 3,422 Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants in the U.S. and around the world.

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  1. Charlotte says:

    I remember as a kid eating at Carl’s when they actually had grilled burgers and the chili dogs were great. Bare bones menu done right. It’s now inedible, the “the flame broiled” burgers are brought to you by a group of good scientists mimicking an actual grilled burger. Seems like a lot of $$ and effort. Makes more sense to a just grill a burger. Oh ya, forgot that people want their fast food now and they want it cheap.

  2. mike says:

    Actualy, not a bad chili dog. For it’s an ok quality dog, and their chili never was bad for what it is for. There aren’t too many options for those wanting chili on a dog. Some of which (The Habit) are down right bad. I’ve tried them a few times and will go back while the promotion is going on.

  3. Hugh says:

    Kahuna at the Camino Real Marketplace has a very decent chili dog. I lived on the ones from Carl’s Jr. when I was in high school and Kahuna’s is fresher and as tasty. I still put mustard on it and I miss the little hot banana peppers that came with Carl’s. I often have one before seeing a movie there. It’s like half the price of a theater dog anyways.
    However Carl’s just brought back the Chili dog for a limited time so I better take advantage!

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