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.
We got even more evidence of this fact when we asked people on Facebook and face-to-face about their favorite chili.
We are not just talking Cincinnati-style chili this time. Although, Skyline did make an appearance at second place in the Best of Dayton 2018, Best Chili category. In this ultimate Dayton chili guide, we’re combining some of our personal local favorites, with the Best Chili winners in this year’s BOD contest.
Chef Don Warfe of Trolley Stop in the Oregon District said chili is a very personal thing.
“Chili, and with soups just in general, you get to put your own soul into it and everyone has their own take on it,” he said. “It is something that takes time, and you feel like you have accomplished something once it is all done.”
Unfortunately, Trolley Stop did not place in the Best of Dayton 2018, Best Chili category. However, we do think their Farm Fresh Chili is worth writing home to mom about. Here is the ultimate Dayton chili guide:
🥄Tank’s “Road Kill” Chili
🏆1st Place - Best of Dayton 2018, Best Chili
-Where can I find it? Tank’s Bar and Grill, 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton, (937) 252-2249
-What is it like? Meat, meat and more meat in a thick sauce.
-How much will it cost me? $3.99 for a cup and $4.99 for a bowl.
-What’s included? A pile of cheese and onions are 89 cents extra.
-How spicy is it? There’s a definite kick.
🏆2nd Place - Best of Dayton 2018, Best Chili
-Where can I find it? There are many Skyline restaurants in the Dayton-area. See them all here.
-What is it like? Skyline Chili is sometimes the first thing that comes to mind when people hear ‘Cincinnati.’ It can sometimes be a polarizing debate, but fans swear by the semi-sweet, smooth chili that’s lathered on top of spaghetti noodles and absolutely covered in cheese.
-How much will it cost me? Skyline’s prices start as low as $1.95 for a regular coney dog without cheese.
-What’s included? You can get Skyline in its signature forms, ‘Three-Way’, ‘Four-Way’ and ‘Five-Way’, meaning, you can add onions, cheese and beans to your mound of spaghetti and chili.
-How spicy is it? This chili is in the ‘negative’ spice zone.
🏆3rd Place - Best of Dayton 2018, Best Chili
-Where can I find it? There are many locations in the Dayton-area. See all Wendy’s restaurants on the website.
-What is it like? You might be surprised to see a national chain like Wendy’s on the Best of Dayton list. But our reader’s voted, and they can’t get enough of the bold and beefy taste of Wendy’s chili.
-How much will it cost me? Small is $2.09 & Large is $2.79
-What’s included? You can add sour cream and chives
-How spicy is it? Barely a hint.
🥄Trolley’s Farm Fresh Chili
-Where can I find it? Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St., Dayton, (937) 461-1101
-What is it like? 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.
-How much will it cost me? $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
🥄Christopher’s Vegetarian Chili
-Where can I find it? Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering, 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering, (937) 299-0089
-What is it like? 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.
-How much will it cost me? $3.50 for a cup or $4.50 for a bowl
-Toppings? Green onions, cheese and sour cream for no additional cost.
-How spicy is it? Mild as she goes
🥄Lucky’s Vegan Tequila Chili
-Where can I find it? Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, 520 E. Fifth St, Dayton, (937) 222-6800
-What is it like? 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.
-How much will it cost you? $4.50 for a cup or $6.50 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