On cold blustery days, the best thing to take off the chill is a piping hot bowl of comfort food. And what could be more comforting than crowd-pleasing chili? Warm, spicy and soothing, chili is perfect on a cold day. While it’s easy to make at home, several Atlanta restaurants serve up versions that are worth venturing out into the cold. Ditch the dishes—and actually sit down with the kids—because the chili’s always on. From brisket to bison, you’re sure to find a cup that pleases.


Ted’s Montana Grill: Karen’s “Flying D” Bison Chili
At Ted Turner’s restaurant chain inspired by his time spent in the American West, there’s plenty of hearty cowboy food on the menu. One standout is the bison chili. The tangy tomato chili is chock full of beans and chunks of flavorful ground bison (you know, buffalo). Order it by the cup or bowl or try it on the Knife-and-Fork Chili Cheese Burger.

Locations in Downtown, Midtown, Decatur and throughout the metro area
Online: tedsmontanagrill.com


Souper Jenny: My Dad’s Turkey Chili
Folks line up for Jenny Levison’s soups at this beloved Buckhead establishment. While the menu changes daily, My Dad’s Turkey Chili is almost always on the menu. Jenny’s simple chili features ground turkey, tomatoes and just the right amount of seasoning. It’s available by the cup or bowl. Try it paired with a healthy salad or a signature sandwich on fresh-baked bread.

Address: 56 E Andrews Drive NW
Phone: 404-239-9023
Online: souperjennyatl.com


Grindhouse Killer Burgers: Smokey Beef Chili
Yes, the burgers are killer here – but so is the chili. Grindhouse has won and placed highly in recent year’s in Cabbagetown’s annual Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook Off and Festival. Their Smokey Brisket or Beef Chili (brisket is available at the midtown location and beef at the Sweet Auburn location), is tangy, meaty and packs a little heat. Try it solo or atop the ridiculous good chili cheese fries.

Sweet Auburn Curb Market, 209 Edgewood Avenue, or
1842 Piedmont Ave NE
Online: grindhouseburgers.com

Fox Bros the Lopez

Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q: Award-Winning Brisket Chili
When a chili craving hits, try Fox Brother’s Award-Winning Brisket Chili. It’s spicy, tangy and peppered with their delicious Texas-style smoked brisket. The generous sized bowl is perfect paired with a wedge of jalapeño cornbread. You can also try it smothered on top of tater tots and melted cheese in a sinfully delicious appetizer, The Lopez.

Address: 1238 Dekalb Avenue
Phone: 404-577-4030
Online: foxbrosbbq.com

Fox Bros Chili

Eats: Chicken Chili
A favorite of college kids, hipsters, punk rockers –and all of the above who are grown up with kids of their own– it’s hard to beat the prices at this long-time Ponce de Leon establishment. Eats is known for its jerk chicken, but it also makes a pretty mean chicken chili (made from the jerk chicken). A hearty bowl comes with cornbread. You can also get it smothered on noodles at the pasta bar.

Address: 600 Ponce De Leon Avenue
Phone: 404-888-9149
Online: eatsonponce.net

Where do you think has the best chili in Atlanta? Spill it in the comments section below!

—Rachel Quartarone

Photos courtesy of Yelp, Souper Jenny and the author