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ISO a Good Bowl of Chili

Velda Mae Feb 24, 2014 09:50 AM

Where can I get a good bowl of chili in Boston, Cambridge or Metrowest? I like chili that has a nice chile flavor and a kick and preferably is made with cubed, not ground, meat. I don't have strong beliefs where beans and tomatoes are concerned, meaning I'm equally happy with or without them.

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    lergnom RE: Velda Mae Feb 24, 2014 10:45 AM

    You could try Soulfire's chili. I like it.

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      HubFlyer RE: lergnom Feb 24, 2014 07:12 PM


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      teezeetoo RE: Velda Mae Feb 24, 2014 12:11 PM

      Strip T's makes a good one at lunch and I'm fond of the New England Soup Factory's version in a pinch for takeout.

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        Velda Mae RE: teezeetoo Feb 24, 2014 02:10 PM

        Does Strip T's have it regularly? I read somewhere on this board that it can be hard to come by.

      2. Prav RE: Velda Mae Feb 24, 2014 01:02 PM

        Old Magoun's Saloon's chili is awesome.

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          mamy001 RE: Velda Mae Feb 24, 2014 01:48 PM

          Main Streets Cafe in Concord center has delicious chili. They use butternut squash instead of beans.

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            catsmeow RE: Velda Mae Feb 24, 2014 02:03 PM

            I like my own but when I'm lazy, Whole Foods has pretty good chili.

            1. digga RE: Velda Mae Feb 24, 2014 03:10 PM

              Hubby B liked the chili at Five Horses in Davis Sq. If I recall correctly, it's "chunky meat" style, as you are seeking.

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                smtucker RE: Velda Mae Feb 24, 2014 04:41 PM

                Had lunch at Tory Row last week with a friend. He ordered and enjoyed the chili. It was cubed meat, no beans, tomatoes, melted cheese and some scallions. I didn't try a taste so I can't comment myself. It was a fairly modest serving.

                1. opinionatedchef RE: Velda Mae Feb 24, 2014 09:18 PM

                  Picco has had some terrific chili.

                  1. Bob Dobalina RE: Velda Mae Feb 25, 2014 05:16 AM

                    Had a nice one with chunks of meat at All-Star Sandwich Bar the other day.

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                      LilBrownBat RE: Velda Mae Feb 25, 2014 07:55 AM

                      I'm ok with beans, what I'd like to avoid is a "chili" that's basically a beef vegetable soup with chili powder added. No, I don't want to see zucchini in the damn thing!

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                        Bellachefa RE: Velda Mae Feb 25, 2014 10:02 AM

                        This doesn't really fit into your parameters, but if you find yourself in Wrentham, I love the chili at Commonwealth BBQ filled with bits of bbq meats including briquet. Oh and the jalapeno poppers are also a guilty indulgence.

                        1. MeffaBabe RE: Velda Mae Feb 26, 2014 05:12 AM

                          There was a deli just off Pi Alley that made good chilli a few days a week, I think it was Wed and Fri that it was available. Haven't been there for a while so I am not sure if they still do.

                          1. MC Slim JB RE: Velda Mae Feb 26, 2014 05:24 AM

                            I'm fond of the lamb chili at Zo.


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                              tatsu RE: MC Slim JB Feb 26, 2014 08:16 AM

                              Zo does have great soups, lamb chili included.

                              I do like making my own, it's pretty easy and fun to make and repeated helpings over a big batch doesn't bore my taste buds. I'm always on the hunt for that ingredient that will kick it up a notch. Recently tried cocoa powder and a dab of Sichuan Chili Paste, which I abuse to no end in my kitchen.

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                                devilham RE: tatsu Feb 26, 2014 11:37 AM

                                cocoa is my secret (well, not so secret as I've been seeing it alot lately on cooking programs....but it was my secret for a few years there!) ingredient for making a nice complex chili. Guess it's just as well the secret is out, as it really does add some depth.

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                                  teezeetoo RE: devilham Feb 26, 2014 01:39 PM

                                  always use dark unsweetened chocolate and very strong coffee in mine.

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                                    devilham RE: teezeetoo Feb 26, 2014 01:50 PM

                                    OoooOOOooH Coffee....that sounds intriguing! Kind of like a red-eye chili! I think I might have to yoink that idea!

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                                      opinionatedchef RE: teezeetoo Feb 26, 2014 02:31 PM

                                      verrry smaht.

                              2. opinionatedchef RE: Velda Mae Feb 26, 2014 02:28 PM

                                velda, thought you might enjoy this Chili event:


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                                  gltsoi RE: opinionatedchef Feb 27, 2014 12:16 PM

                                  gilt city has a coupon for 2 for this event.



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