Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton


Ask nearly anyone where you can find the best chili in town, and nine times out of 10, the answer will be “my house” — as in the home of the person you asked.

Here are five of the area’s best chili recommendations — and they could not be any different than night and day. Each will make a cold night just a little warmer.

NOTE: prices may have changed since the original publication date of this article. 

Farm Fresh Chili

Where can I find it:  Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St., Dayton, (937) 461-1101

How does it taste: Hearty helping of grass-fed beef and veggies with red beans in a broth sauce. The meat is fresh from Keener Farms, a community supported agriculture farm that calls Dayton home.

Cost: $4 for a cup or $5 for a bowl

Toppings: Comes topped with red onions and a blend of cheddar and jack cheeses for no extra cost.

How spicy is it? Just a touch of love

 

Vegetarian Chili

Where can I find it: Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering, 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering, (937) 299-0089

How does it taste: Loaded with kidney, garbanzo and other beans and chunky veggies (yellow squash, tomatoes, zucchini, corn, etc) in a soupier base. There is also a meat version.

Cost: $3.50 for a cup or $4.50 for a bowl

Toppings available: Green onions, cheese and sour cream for no additional cost.

How spicy is it: Mild as she goes 

 

“Road Kill” Chili

Where can I find it: Tank’s Bar and Grill, 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton, (937) 252-2249

How does it taste: Meat, meat and more meat in a thick sauce.

Cost: $3.69 for a cup and $4.69 for a bowl

Toppings available: A pile of cheese and onions are 89 cents extra.

How spicy is it: There’s a definite kick

 

Vegan Tequila Chili

 Where can I find it: Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, 520 E. Fifth St, Dayton, (937) 222-6800

How does it taste: You won’t believe it is not meat. Spicy soyrizo (soy chorizo) with kidney beans, black beans, onions and tomatoes. There is also a meat chili. It won’t get you drunk.

Cost: $4 for a cup or $6 for a bowl

Toppings: Sour cream, onions, mixed cheese and jalapenos were about $2 more on the cup size.

How spicy is it: Spice paradise

 

Noteworthy: Archer's winner's chili 

Where can I find it: Archer’s Tavern, 9496 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, Centerville (937) 401-1015

How does it taste:  The chili Archer's serves is truly a community effort.

Cost: $5.13 for a bowl

How spicy is it: Warms the belly in a good way

 

     


Reader Comments


Next Up in Food & Dining

‘Christmas Eve baby’ getting his due 100 years later
‘Christmas Eve baby’ getting his due 100 years later

Everett Walker knows what it is like to be short-changed for his birthday.  He’s essentially had 99 years worth of experience. Come Dec. 24,  you can make that 100 years.  Born on Christmas Eve 1918, Walker turns the big 1-0-0  on Monday, Dec. 24. Just like many people born around the holidays, Walker typically got the...
3 Dayton dining treasures to discover in charming Tipp City
3 Dayton dining treasures to discover in charming Tipp City

During the holiday season, a visit to Tipp City should involve two missions — shopping and dining. Neither will disappoint. Downtown dining highlights in walking distance from shopping include Harrison’s, Coldwater Cafe, Sam and Ethel’s and the Grounds for Pleasure Coffeehouse. Uptown and a short car ride away, dinner can be enjoyed...
Mexican street food, ‘crazy flavors’ and nearly everything else served at new Huber Heights restaurant 
Mexican street food, ‘crazy flavors’ and nearly everything else served at new Huber Heights restaurant 

One of the Dayton area’s newest restaurants offers flavors for your taste buds and your eyeballs.  Bright and boldly decorated in a rainbow of colors, Pepe’s Mexican Flavors has a menu packed with everything from Doriliocos (a bag of Doritos served with pickled skin pork, cucumber, jicama, pico de gallo, lemon, peanuts and...
Cold? This new restaurant serves up big ole bowls of hot, delicious soup 
Cold? This new restaurant serves up big ole bowls of hot, delicious soup 

Few things are as satisfying on a cold day than a big ole bowl of hot, delicious soup.  The Vistro Modern Vietnamese , one of Dayton’s newest restaurants, has big ole bowls of soup in abundance at its brick and mortar  location, 3937 Linden Ave., launched in July.  The Vistro is the latest ethnic restaurant to make the space...
5 great places to throw your next party
5 great places to throw your next party

If we’re being honest with ourselves, we have to admit that the annual holiday work party is about the only time of year some of us can stand being around some of our co-workers. That doesn’t make us bad people. It just makes the importance of a night with co-workers — away from the workplace, and with good spirits — that much...
More Stories