Real Chili Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 419 E Wells St

    Milwaukee, WI 53202

    Map & Directions
  • 414-271-4042

About Real Chili Restaurant

Hours
Sun 11am-11pm, Mon-Wed 11am-12am, Thu-Sat 11am-3am

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I can't believe no one has reviewed Real Chili! It's a Milwaukee experience. The location is no great shakes, but the chili makes up for it. You can order it with or without spaghetti, beans, onions, cheese, sour cream and oyster crackers. I like it with everything but the onions! Mmmmm...

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I can't believe no one has reviewed Real Chili! It's a Milwaukee experience. The location is no great shakes, but the chili makes up for it. You can order it with or without spaghetti, beans, onions, cheese, sour cream and oyster crackers. I like it with everything but the onions! Mmmmm...

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How can you not love this place? Though crowded on prime drinking nights, there is a great camaraderie as you wait around the horseshoe of a counter waiting for a couple of spots to open up, staring out the windows that have steamed up from the pots steaming warm and wet in the center of the room. The chili is Cincy style--which is not to be found in New York City, that's for sure. I would get it with the well cooked spaghetti as a base, add some beans and then the chili on top. That's where the spice is. But you can get it with only the spaghetti or just the beans. On the counter is the oil---replete with hot chiles sitting inside to give it that extra kick. Add some sour cream and raw onions, mix in the oyster crackers and it's several layers of yum.
The other reviewer seems to be comparing this to a more traditional Texas style if chili---it most certainly is not that, though I love that too. This is midwestern style and as an example of that stands alone. Well worth a visit, even if you might be a 1200 or so miles away.

Chris O'Neil

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How can you not love this place? Though crowded on prime drinking nights, there is a great camaraderie as you wait around the horseshoe of a counter waiting for a couple of spots to open up, staring out the windows that have steamed up from the pots steaming warm and wet in the center of the room. The chili is Cincy style--which is not to be found in New York City, that's for sure. I would get it with the well cooked spaghetti as a base, add some beans and then the chili on top. That's where the spice is. But you can get it with only the spaghetti or just the beans. On the counter is the oil---replete with hot chiles sitting inside to give it that extra kick. Add some sour cream and raw onions, mix in the oyster crackers and it's several layers of yum.
The other reviewer seems to be comparing this to a more traditional Texas style if chili---it most certainly is not that, though I love that too. This is midwestern style and as an example of that stands alone. Well worth a visit, even if you might be a 1200 or so miles away.

Chris O'Neil

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I don't understand the hype about the chili here...not a whole lotta substance. If you're out for a decent bowl of chili your Ma' mighta made when you were a kid (I'd prefer Spaghettio's over this) and all's you got is a few bucks and don't mind awful atmosphere (maybe you're drunk) well then by all means--dig in. Best chili in town is on Michigan Ave. (The Soup House).

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I don't understand the hype about the chili here...not a whole lotta substance. If you're out for a decent bowl of chili your Ma' mighta made when you were a kid (I'd prefer Spaghettio's over this) and all's you got is a few bucks and don't mind awful atmosphere (maybe you're drunk) well then by all means--dig in. Best chili in town is on Michigan Ave. (The Soup House).

 

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