Mike's Chili Parlor in national spotlight, again


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Mike's Chili Parlor was featured in the national spotlight before, on Food Networks "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives"

Who can resist Mike's chili? Apparently not America.

Once again the quaint chili parlor nestled on the side of Ballard Bridge (1447 NW Ballard Way) has found itself in the national spotlight. It will be featured on Destination America's "United States of Bacon" featuring Chef Todd Fisher, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m. PST.

Fisher and the folks from the show filmed at the parlor back in September. A bunch of regulars showed up and got the chance of experiencing a national television production and interact with the popular Californian chef.

“Chef Todd Fisher’s energy and experience made the shoot a fun and educational for everyone involved” said Mike Semandiris. “This is a great opportunity to share our passion with America.”

Fittingly, the parlor is having a viewing party during the show on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m. PST. For more on that, call the parlor at (206) 782-2808.

Mike's has a long history. It was founded by the old Mike Semandiris (no, not the current one) back in 1922, when he served chili to workers from the Ship Canal. In 1939, he settled in the current location, and the business has been in the family ever since, for four generations. The current Mike is the great grandson of the old Mike.

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