National Chili Day: Chili Round Up
February 24 is National Chili Day, a favorite holiday among many ZGers. Based on an informal poll around the office, here is a roundup of ZG’s favorite chili spots in Milwaukee.
The Soup Market
Bay View: 2211 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue
Sadly, Soup Market is no longer a few blocks away from the office in Milwaukee Public Market. However, it’s worth the car ride to go and grab some. There are typically a few different varieties of chili you can find on any day: turkey chili, hot dog chili, beef chili, Mardi Gras chili– just to name a few we’ve tried.
Beans & Barley
1901 E. North Avenue
Looking for a vegetarian option? Beans & Barley is known for vegetarian chili! It comes with just enough spice to help give it some zip. They recommend trying a bowl of chili with sour cream, avocado, and/or rice.
400 W Canal Street
Found in the Harley Davidson Museum, Motor Restaurant has one of the best chili mac and cheese dishes in the city. Don’t feel like mac and cheese? What about a chili stuffed potato? Make sure you check the date before you go – Motor is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Downtown: 419 E Wells Street
“Not just for breakfast anymore.” A classic line well-known in Milwaukee for generations. Real Chili seems to be a polarizing restaurant in Milwaukee – either you love it, or hate it. This author personally loves it. Mild, medium or hot, Noodles, beans, meat, and the fixings. Simple and delicious.
630 S 5th Street
Don’t worry, we also have a delicious vegan chili option for the list. Fuel Café has a yummy option filled with seasoned TVP, kidney and black beans, celery, onion and chili spices topped with vegan cheddar, crema and raw onion, served with tortilla chips.