Our monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains features chili, just in time for National Chili Day.
The Blue Note Grill
709 Washington St., Durham
What to try: Andrea’s Famous Chili: lean cubed beef, pintos, great northern and kidney beans topped with a shredded cheddar blend and onions. Note: Closed Mondays.
Bull City Burger & Brewery
107 E. Parrish St., #105, Durham
What to try: To beef or not to beef, that is the question: pasture-raised NC beef, or vegetarian white chipotle chili.
3307 West N.C. 54, Chapel Hill
What to try: South of the Border: chile colorado (chunks of beef simmered in red chile sauce) or chile verde (pork in green sauce).
The Players’ Retreat
105 Oberlin Road, Raleigh
What to try: Variations on a theme: Homemade and hearty, get it in a bowl, on chile cheese fries, or – the closest you’ll get to Cincinnati style in these parts – ladled over pasta.
The Wandering Moose (food truck)
What to try: Carnivore’s delight: ground beef, ground sausage, sausage links, bacon and pork tenderloin. Topped with shredded cheddar and sour cream.
The Wooden Nickel Pub
105 N. Churton St., Hillsborough
What to try: Beer chili: chef’s choice brew could be anything from duck and pintos with Velveeta to local beef and white bean.
Originally published 2/02/2017