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Katy Trail Ice House: where joggers go to eat chili.
Katy Trail Ice House: where joggers go to eat chili.
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12 Places to Eat Chili in Dallas

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Katy Trail Ice House: where joggers go to eat chili.
| Photo credit: Katy Trail Ice House/Facebook

Few foods inspire such a heated debate as chili. Down here in Texas, any "bowl of red" containing beans is quickly dismissed as fodder for Yankees only; that being said, there's plenty of different styles to be found in DFW, all with their own merits. It may be a balmy 78 degrees today, but rest assured the schizophrenic weather will return to cold and dreary before winter makes its exit, and when that occurs, you'll want to be armed with this map of where to eat chili.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. All Good Cafe

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2934 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 742-5362
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For chili with a side of Deep Ellum hipster, head to All Good, where the chili can be had in a bowl with saltines, in Frito pie, or smothering an omelette or chili dog.

2. Anvil Pub

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2638 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-1271
Anvil's tasty chili is made from a family recipe. You can also get it mixed with their mac and cheese, or try the vegan version complete with vegan sour cream and cheese.

3. Captain Nemo's

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1426 N Irving Heights Dr
Irving, TX
(972) 438-7777
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Cheese steaks may be the main draw at slightly off-the-beaten-path Captain Nemo's, but the Captain also does housemade soups, including a spicy chili appropriately flanked by Saltines.

4. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

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1154 Peavy Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 324-3335
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Most folks go to Goodfriend for the burgers and the beer, but they also serve a mean chili--beanless, of course. It's also available smothering their tasty waffle fries or a giant hot dog.

5. Highland Park Pharmacy

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3229 Knox St.
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 521-2126
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Whether you're feeling nostalgic or just need a quick bite after an epic trip to the nearby Apple store, the Highland Park Pharmacy can provide with a cup of subtly spiced chili alongside a grilled cheese, just like Mom used to make. (Traditionalists be warned: it has beans.)

6. Hillstone

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8300 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 691-8991
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Hillstone, Houston's--whatever you call it, they've got a reliable bowl of "Firemans Chili", but only on Saturdays.

7. The Holy Grail Pub

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8240 Preston Rd, Ste 150
Plano, TX 75024
(972) 377-6633
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Despite being made with the world's hottest pepper--the fearsome ghost pepper--Holy Grail's chili manages to be both mouth-searing and flavorful with its blend of ground beef, sausage, onions, and dark beer.

8. Jack's Southern Comfort Food

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1905 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 821-0900
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Lower Greenville newcomer Jack's does down-home comfort food justice, and their chili is no exception; it's made with shredded smoked brisket and served with jalapeno-cheddar cornbread. Also available at brunch over polenta with a fried egg.

9. Katy Trail Ice House

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3136 Routh St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 468-0600
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An excellent option for casual dining al fresco or a post-jogging bite, Katy Trail Ice House's meaty chili is made with dark beer and venison and pairs nicely with an icy cold brew. (Plus, you can bring your dog.)

10. Meridian Room

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3611 Parry Av
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 826-8383
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If you're a firm believer in tradition, look away now. Otherwise, the Meridian Room has some pretty tasty crawfish chili that pairs perfectly with a grilled cheese for dipping.

11. Tolbert's

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423 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 421-4888
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A Dallas institution founded by a Texas journalist in the 70s, Tolbert's may have moved to Grapevine but the classic "bowl of red" remains the same. Get it straight up, Yankee-style with beans, or even wrapped up in a burrito.

12. Windmill Lounge

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5320 Maple Av
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 443-7818
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Word on the street is that legendary barman Charlie Papaceno makes a mean bowl of chili. Plus, the Windmill's kitchen is open till 1 a.m. nightly to serve those late-night cravings (or to soak up all those Old-Fashioneds).

1. All Good Cafe

2934 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
For chili with a side of Deep Ellum hipster, head to All Good, where the chili can be had in a bowl with saltines, in Frito pie, or smothering an omelette or chili dog.
2934 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

2. Anvil Pub

2638 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75226
Anvil's tasty chili is made from a family recipe. You can also get it mixed with their mac and cheese, or try the vegan version complete with vegan sour cream and cheese.
2638 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226

3. Captain Nemo's

1426 N Irving Heights Dr, Irving, TX
Cheese steaks may be the main draw at slightly off-the-beaten-path Captain Nemo's, but the Captain also does housemade soups, including a spicy chili appropriately flanked by Saltines.
1426 N Irving Heights Dr
Irving, TX

4. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

1154 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
Most folks go to Goodfriend for the burgers and the beer, but they also serve a mean chili--beanless, of course. It's also available smothering their tasty waffle fries or a giant hot dog.
1154 Peavy Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

5. Highland Park Pharmacy

3229 Knox St., Dallas, TX 75205
Whether you're feeling nostalgic or just need a quick bite after an epic trip to the nearby Apple store, the Highland Park Pharmacy can provide with a cup of subtly spiced chili alongside a grilled cheese, just like Mom used to make. (Traditionalists be warned: it has beans.)
3229 Knox St.
Dallas, TX 75205

6. Hillstone

8300 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75225
Hillstone, Houston's--whatever you call it, they've got a reliable bowl of "Firemans Chili", but only on Saturdays.
8300 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75225

7. The Holy Grail Pub

8240 Preston Rd, Ste 150, Plano, TX 75024
Despite being made with the world's hottest pepper--the fearsome ghost pepper--Holy Grail's chili manages to be both mouth-searing and flavorful with its blend of ground beef, sausage, onions, and dark beer.
8240 Preston Rd, Ste 150
Plano, TX 75024

8. Jack's Southern Comfort Food

1905 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206
Lower Greenville newcomer Jack's does down-home comfort food justice, and their chili is no exception; it's made with shredded smoked brisket and served with jalapeno-cheddar cornbread. Also available at brunch over polenta with a fried egg.
1905 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Katy Trail Ice House

3136 Routh St., Dallas, TX 75201
An excellent option for casual dining al fresco or a post-jogging bite, Katy Trail Ice House's meaty chili is made with dark beer and venison and pairs nicely with an icy cold brew. (Plus, you can bring your dog.)
3136 Routh St.
Dallas, TX 75201

10. Meridian Room

3611 Parry Av, Dallas, TX 75226
If you're a firm believer in tradition, look away now. Otherwise, the Meridian Room has some pretty tasty crawfish chili that pairs perfectly with a grilled cheese for dipping.
3611 Parry Av
Dallas, TX 75226

11. Tolbert's

423 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
A Dallas institution founded by a Texas journalist in the 70s, Tolbert's may have moved to Grapevine but the classic "bowl of red" remains the same. Get it straight up, Yankee-style with beans, or even wrapped up in a burrito.
423 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051

12. Windmill Lounge

5320 Maple Av, Dallas, TX 75235
Word on the street is that legendary barman Charlie Papaceno makes a mean bowl of chili. Plus, the Windmill's kitchen is open till 1 a.m. nightly to serve those late-night cravings (or to soak up all those Old-Fashioneds).
5320 Maple Av
Dallas, TX 75235

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