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Looking for a great chili. Preferably without beans and would like some spice to it.

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  1. Chili? In Boston?

    It's not a strength. I can't recall a single memorable chili in the area.

    1. My itch gets scratched with a batch of Red at home, but I recently came upon this link which claimed the ASS Bar to have the 6th best chili in the nation. Huh. Yah.

      http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/a...

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      1. re: Nab

        I agree. Chili is something I enjoy cooking at home when I have time on a weekend. With a bit of refinement it is not difficult to turn out a killer chili. Most people just don't cook it long enough.

        ASS Bar chili was completely sub par the one time I tried it. The flavor was actually quite bland and it was oily. Perhaps it has improved with the new ownership, however I won't be finding out.

        1. re: Gabatta

          To each his own. I'll admit once again that it was under the original ownership, including a heavy hand from Chris Schlesinger, that I enjoyed their chili, so that's at least 2 years ago now if not more. It could suck now for all I know, or perhaps you and I simply had very different experiences with the same dish. IMHO, if I were on the lookout for a good Texas style chili, and there weren't obviously better options in the area, I'd spring the $5 and give All Star Sandwich Bar a shot.

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          All Star Sandwich Bar
          1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      2. Don't know if the recipe changed when the restaurant changed hands, but I really enjoyed the "Texas State Penitentiary Chili" at All Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Square, Cambridge. Texas style chili, large chunks of super tender stew beef, no beans, and some good heat. Damn good stuff.

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        All Star Sandwich Bar
        1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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        1. re: BJK

          I second that wholeheartedly!

        2. The chili at Deep Ellum under the original chef was one of the few really good things on the menu. It had a sludgy quality that's important in real Texas chili. I haven't had it recently, so I don't know if it's still as good.

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          Deep Ellum Bar
          477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

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          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

            Deep Ellum's chili is still really good. It's changed a little bit over time (less spicy) but it's still got that great sludgy quality, more beef than beans.

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            Deep Ellum Bar
            477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

            1. re: nachovegas

              Chili doesn't have beans.

              ...Pot stirred.

              1. re: Beachowolfe

                Competition chili doesn't have beans. Allston is not Terlingua.

          2. The Chili Verde at Redbones has it's moments... not very spicy, but on those days that
            re 33^f and raining - it'll do...

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            Redbones
            55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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            1. re: okra

              I have heard many complaints - and experienced it myself about the pork green chili at Redbones recently. No depth of flavor to the broth, just watery/salty.

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              Redbones
              55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

            2. The chili at La Paloma's in Quincy is excellent. Probably not as hot as you would like, but they have plenty of optionial sauces to add.

              1. Thanks for the suggestions, will give them a try!