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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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All Good Cafe

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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.

Anvil Pub

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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.

Captain Nemo's

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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.

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

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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.

Highland Park Pharmacy

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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.)

Hillstone

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

The Holy Grail Pub

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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.

Jack's Southern Comfort Food

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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.

Katy Trail Ice House

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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.)

Meridian Room

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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.

Tolbert's

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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.

Windmill Lounge

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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).

All Good Cafe

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.

Anvil Pub

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.

Captain Nemo's

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.

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

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.

Highland Park Pharmacy

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.)

Hillstone

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

The Holy Grail Pub

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.

Jack's Southern Comfort Food

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.

Katy Trail Ice House

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.)

Meridian Room

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.

Tolbert's

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.

Windmill Lounge

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).

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