Beat the Cold with Insanely Delicious Chili

October 10, 2023
A bowl of chili with ground beef, kidney beans, red pepper, tomato and shredded cheddar cheese.

There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of chili on a cold day. It’s the ideal comfort food because there are so many varieties and ways it can be enjoyed. Straight up? Yes. Loaded with toppings? Even better. Served over your choice of carb? Now I’m seriously drooling. The Motor City is known for it on hot dogs, but these restaurants are the best places to grab a hearty bowl of chili…


5725 Rochester Road, Troy

You’re sure to feel warm and cozy at Camp Ticonderoga with a cup of chili. Manager Antoneta Baftiu shares, “Camp Ticonderoga has been serving up delicious food since 1996 in a cozy, lodge-like atmosphere that makes people feel like they’re up north, right here in Troy, Michigan. Our Venison Chili is hearty, savory, and perfect for warming your belly during Michigan’s coldest months.” Topped with sour cream and scallions, this is one of the best chilis in the area.

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a bowl of chili topped with scallions and sour cream, with crackers on the side from Camp Ticonderoga
Photo courtesy of Camp Ticonderoga


31231 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills

If you’re looking for a chili lineup, Brady’s Tavern in Beverly Hills has you covered. They offer two varieties: chicken and traditional. You can choose to have their traditional chili as “The Award Winner” straight up, or order it “All The Way” topped with shredded cheddar cheese, onions, and sour cream and served in a sourdough bread bowl. 


Multiple locations in Metro Detroit

For those with dietary restrictions, check out the Vegan Chili at Bobcat Bonnie’s. Social Media Director Jill Bamrick says, “Our Vegan Chili is made in-house with impossible ‘beef’, beans, spices, onions, tomatoes, and topped with vegan cheddar cheese and green onions. It’s the perfect comfort soup for the Fall weather, vegan or NOT!” This chili is so good it’s a crowd-pleaser for vegans and meat-eaters alike. 

Photo courtesy of Bobcat Bonnie’s


439 East Congress Street, Detroit

The Elephant Room is a popular downtown destination for gluten-free eats. You can get their delicious chili by the cup or slathered over french fries and topped with cheese. With both regular and vegan chili options, you’ll be sure to enjoy your bowl!


1214 South Main Street, Royal Oak

At this Royal Oak spot, you won’t want to pass up the chili at Jim Brady’s. Its chili recipe is inspired by Theresa Watkins and has been a classic since opening its original location in Detroit back in 1954.

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was published on September 26, 2022, and was authored by Katie Goncalves.