Best Bowl of Chili in Seattle
On a cool winter day with football and a cold one, nothing seems to satisfy like a steaming bowl of chili. Here’s where you can find a hearty dish in Seattle…. some even with a jalapeno kick!
College Inn Pub
4006 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
The College Inn Pub was established in 1974. If you like a hearty bowl of vegetarian chili, and a cold microbrew, you’ve found the right pub near the University of Washington campus. Their house-made spicy vegetarian speciality is made with black beans and veggies slow simmered in their own beer blend with spices and tomatoes. Topped with co-jack, sour cream, jalapenos, and onions. Served with tortilla chips. A scoop of basmati rice is available on request. The pub also features pool tables (free on Sundays), real darts, vintage pinball and a rockin’ jukebox.
4870 Rainier Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98118
Everybody has their own favorite chili recipe, but before you get all lathered up, try Geraldine’s Kick Butt chili bowl. This bright and cozy Columbia City café serves up a huge variety of comfort foods. The Kick Butt is three meats, red beans and enough spice to perk you up but not burn you out. Topped with sour cream, chives and cheddar cheese. Or get the Chili Cheese fries off the dinner’s appetizer menu. A real crowd pleaser.
Slim’s Last Chance Chili Shack & Watering Hole
5606 1st Avenue South
This Georgetown greasy spoon was featured on the Food Networks’ “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, as well as in Bon Appetite and Travel & Leisure magazines. This over 21 dive usually has a bike or two parked out front, and live music to keep your foot stomping while your mouth savors the spicy offerings. Try the Chili Verde, made with New mexico green chilies, tomatillos, and slow simmered pork. Chilis are served on their own or poured over choice of Jalapeno mac n’ cheese or white cheddar grits.
2601 West Marina Place
Seattle, WA 98199
Right down on the water, overlooking the Marina at Elliott Bay, this dog and kid-friendly restaurant has outdoor seating on a sunny day. Maggie’s makes a mean bowl of Prime Rib Chili – with rotisserie prime rib, tender beans and a blanket of cheddar cheese and sour cream. Served with Maggie’s own housemade tortilla chips.
Ranch House BBQ & Steakhouse
10841 Kennedy Creek Rd SW (off Hwy 8 West)
Olympia, WA 98512
Olympia, WA native Amy Anderson has a knack for BBQ, and she’s got the awards to prove it! Competing on the national competition BBQ circuit for 13 years now, Ranch House BBQ Founder Anderson and her competition BBQ team have taken home Grand Championship titles at the Washington, California, Arizona and Nevada State BBQ Championships. If you’re anywhere south of Seattle, you’ve got to try Anderson’s own WA State Ladies Championship Chili! Made fresh daily and garnished with shredded cheddar cheese & diced onion in a bowl, with a cornbread muffin.
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