Vegetarian to Venison: Metro D’s Best Restaurant Chili

By: Amber Ogden | October 2, 2015
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It’s feeling like fall in the Motor City, and what goes best with crunchy leaves and crisp, cool air? A bowl of chili, of course!

While some of you may have been gearing up for the Great Lakes Chili Cookoff in downtown Plymouth this Sunday, it has unfortunately been cancelled. Don’t fret, because you can still get your chili fix before the weekend is through by heading to one of the following establishments:

Red Smoke Barbeque of Detroit knows a thing or two about smoking meats. Before you get to the pit entrees, order the Redsmoke Chili, which is full of pulled pork and beef brisket. For an extra $1, top it with chili, cheese, sour cream and onion.

HopCat, with locations in both Ann Arbor and Detroit, has plenty to offer on its menu, including Veggie Chili, with beans, jalapeno, bell peppers, tomato and onion. Five Pepper Beef Chili is an option for meat eaters, with beef, pork, beans, jalapeno and chipotle peppers, bell peppers, tomato and onion.


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Both bowls are served with sour cream and pita chips. The best part about being here? The bounty of beer before you.

Town Tavern, located in Royal Oak, offers an upscale version of everyone’s favorite fall food: Venison Chili. Topped with sour cream, scallions and white Cheddar cheese, it’s a delicious taste of autumn.

Punch Bowl Social of Detroit is a place where you’ll surely work up an appetite, after a few rousing games of bowling, pingpong or darts. You’ll find Turkey and White Bean Chili on the menu, loaded with roasted poblano peppers, potato, white beans and tomato.

The Prickly Pear in Ann Arbor is a southwestern café with several unique items on its menu. One of which is the Black Bean Chorizo Chili, a hearty bowl topped with melted Chihuahua cheese.

If, after sampling your way through all of the above bowls of chili, you’re still hungry for more, check out the Annual Garden City Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 10. Held at the Farmers Market Lot, there will also be fall festivities including hayrides, a petting zoo and Hot Rods Car and Motorcycle Show.

Grab a spoon, and enjoy the seasonal comforts of fall!