Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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This winter hasn’t felt very winter-y in the Charlotte area. We had a warm holiday season, but we’re finally getting some chilly weather around here. And chilly weather means “chili weather.” The question is, how do you like yours?

There are so many different ways to prepare chili. It can be made with beef, chicken, pork, or no meat at all. Chili can also include beans or not, and even cinnamon. The toppings will probably vary depending on where you live. Have you ever seen how much cheese people in Cincinnati put on their chili? Not to mention all the spaghetti underneath their chili.

Brittany Natale at Eat This, Not That! has compiled a list of what they think is the best chili in every state. We don’t have to go far to find North Carolina’s winner. Pinky’s Westside Grill on West Morehead Street in Charlotte takes the honor for their veggie chili. Natale calls it “amazing” and says that it “will blow you away.” Chili can do that…in more ways than one.

South Carolina’s best chili can be found at The Tattooed Moose in Charleston, and it’s not vegetarian. At all. It’s made with short ribs, bacon and kidney beans, then topped with sour cream, green onion and shredded cheddar. Fresh cornbread comes with every bowl.

You can see the complete state-by-state list HERE. It doesn’t include the District of Columbia so I’m recommending Ben’s Chili Bowl. And here’s a short video about that super cheesy Cincinnati-style chili I mentioned: