What's the ultimate thick of winter comfort food? Sorry to break it to you, but if you say anything other than chili, you are dead wrong. There are a plethora of ways to enjoy chili-- prepared in meat-tastic fashion or veggie friendly, spicy-- so on and so forth.
It's freezing out there, so step on in to any of these five spots that will be sure to put the color back in your cheeks.
Since 1922, this family owned establishment has been giving the people what they want. Everyone from Guy Fieri to the folks at the Travel Channel have stepped through the parlor's hallowed doors. Definitely order the "big ass bowl of chili", top 'er off with oyster crackers and don't ever look back. The spectacularly dive-y chili institution in Ballard is the perfect cozy hideout for those blustery Seattle nights.
Slim's is an easy one to miss, but if you know about this place, then you KNOW. This Texas style watering hole slings a large variety of chili ranging from from their Texas Red (chock-full of all ground beef and a signature blend of spices) to the brisket and bean and turkey and white bean. Definitely grab yourself an ice cold beer and pull up a spot at the bar. The only thing that beats the service here is the live music.
Located in an underground spot in the U-District, it might not be an obvious spot to find a killer bowl of chili but that's why we're here right? Head down the stairs of this European style building (it belongs on the National Register of Historical Places as of 1982) and order yourself a nice piping bowl of the good stuff. College Inn usually has a meat based version and a veggie friendly one, so vegetarians rejoice! Once you've adequately warmed up, there are plenty of pool tables and dart boards to huddle around for a homey night out.
This place just gets us. In the mix here, you'll find the namesake concoction that started it all - Matt's Famous Chili Dog, a gourmet hot dog with all the fixings plus a generous ladle of chili. Sure, it might be messy, but a hot dog as a vessel for chili? Sign. Us. Up. This spot is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., so it's a viable option for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Right off Broadway between Mercer and Roy, Rooster's Tex Mex might just be a godsend for the TX transplants out there. The piece de resistance here is an item called "Jeff's Chili" and is served Americana style with spicy ground beef and bean chili and topped off with cheddar cheese. Hearty, wholesome and insanely tasty; there's no better call for a rainy day.