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Chilly? Best bowls of chili in Raleigh

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Freezing temperatures call for a warm and hearty bowl of good chili. Here are the top places in the Raleigh area with crowd-pleasing bowls of chili:

  • Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar: While known for its tremendous burgers, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar does offer a version of chili as well. The chili comes topped with sour cream, onion, cheddar cheese and strips of tortilla chips.
  • Boondini’s Sandwich Superstore: If you’re in North Raleigh, you might want to stop in on Sunday for Boondini’s homemade rendition of its Chili and Beans soup when it’s the special of the day.
  • Lilly’s Pizza: At Lilly’s Pizza, the chili is made from all-natural beef and organic vegetables. Perfect by itself or with a slice from the Five Points pizzeria, a bowl of chili from Lilly’s will undoubtedly give you a temporary reprieve from the bone-chilling temperatures.
  • Mitch’s Tavern: On and around Hillsborough Street, the black bean and sausage chili is a heavyweight for the best around town. A vegetarian version is also available.
  • The OC Grill: The chili at OC Grill turns up the heat a notch. The veggies in the chili are sauteed in mezcal and is loaded with Italian sausage and ground beef.
  • The Pickled Onion: The Pickled Onion serves up a traditional version of chili and it can come in cup, bowl, or even a bread bowl.
  • Player’s Retreat: Player’s Retreat touts that its chili is made from its own famous recipe. Paired with a grilled cheese sandwich, it could be the perfect meal for the big game.
  • Trali Irish Pub: Every decent pub needs a good chili and Trali’s version makes its unique by braising the beans and chili peppers in Smithwick’s Ale.
  • Tyler’s Taproom: Whether the vegetarian or more traditional version, Tyler’s Taproom can be the optimal place to get your chili fix while washing it down with your favorite brew.


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