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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is on a roll. Last week, they were tops in all-around barbecue. This week, the DeKalb Ave. spot takes the No. 1 spot on your list of Atlanta's best places for chili. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is on a roll. Last week, they were tops in all-around barbecue. This week, the DeKalb Ave. restaurant takes the No. 1 spot on your list of Atlanta's best places for chili. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

YOUR PICKS

1. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

You say, “The brisket chili at Fox Bros. is hard to beat” and “Fox Brother’s beef brisket chili is awesome. I think I’m going there today.”

2. Wendy’s

3. Manuel’s Tavern

4. Rocco’s Pub

5. Steak ‘N Shake

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A big bowl of Rocco's award-winning chili.

OUR PICKS

1. Rocco’s Pub

Food and beverage writer Bob Townsend says, “Rocco’s is all about chili. Winner of numerous chili cook-off competitions, it’s served up by the cup, bowl or super bowl, with or without beans, layered on corn chips for chili pie and ladled on pasta for chili mac.”

2. Grindhouse Killer Burgers

3. The Highlander

4. Ted’s Montana Grill

5. Souper Jenny

84 comments Add your comment

Amanda

September 27th, 2010
2:12 pm

I’ve lived in Atlanta all my life, but I can’t recall eating chili at a restaurant other than at the Varsity as a topping for a dog. I’m interested to hear what alternatives there are to home-made chili in Atlanta.

reservoirDAWG

September 27th, 2010
3:19 pm

My thoughts exactly Amanda.

Jeff

September 27th, 2010
3:29 pm

White chicken chili at Roasters on Lenox Road.

Jim

September 27th, 2010
4:15 pm

The best chili is at my house. That’s non-negotiable. Sorry it’s not a restaurant.

Belinda

September 27th, 2010
4:16 pm

The cafe at the High Museum has some of the best chili I’ve ever eaten in a restaurant in Atlanta. I’ve had it twice.

Kimmie

September 27th, 2010
5:58 pm

Rocco’s pub in Marietta has won many well deserved awards. I did prefer the old (kinda sketchy) location a bit better, but the chili is the best.

Bhorsoft

September 27th, 2010
8:13 pm

To tell the truth, I really haven’t found any good chili in Atlanta. Found it lots of places in Texas, and Dixon’s Chili in Kansas City is unique but good. Cincinnati chili (really Greek spaghetti) isn’t bad either. Unfortunately, the best chili I’ve found in Atlanta is a chain – Wendy’s.

Jason

September 27th, 2010
8:17 pm

Rocco’s in Marietta.

Rupricht

September 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

Actually, Bhorsoft is correct. I have lived here my entire 48 years and Wendy’s is up there. Laseter’s Tavern in Vinings is close.

Vince

September 27th, 2010
8:21 pm

Rocco’s in Marietta.

ben

September 27th, 2010
8:22 pm

the V O R T E X

Also mine

Soupy Sales

September 27th, 2010
8:22 pm

Both Manuel’s Tavern and Moe & Joe’s have that good, warming chili for chilly days.

Jeff

September 27th, 2010
8:25 pm

Vintage Tavern in Smyrna. Amazing chili with the cheese melted on top.

Rasputin

September 27th, 2010
8:25 pm

Taco Mac actually has some pretty darn good chili – better than Wendy’s for sure…

chilli chick

September 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

VORTEX hands down and it comes with this cornbread that is absolutely AMAZING!!!!

PiedmontDawg

September 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

Brisket Chili at Fox Bros.

mike

September 27th, 2010
8:35 pm

Just look for the restaurant with the largest plunger in the bathroom.

Bison Chili at Ted's Rocks!

September 27th, 2010
8:49 pm

Ted’s Montana Grill “Karen’s Flying ‘D’ Ranch Bison Chili” is delectable, the most hearty and flavorful chili I have ever enjoyed my palate.

Bison Chili at Ted's Rocks!

September 27th, 2010
8:50 pm

on my palate.

Christopher Page

September 27th, 2010
8:50 pm

The highlander, no doubt

big Jon

September 27th, 2010
8:51 pm

Manuel’s Tavern – Stanley’s Chili Hands Down – Every ..everywhere else is just a wanna be…

Egger

September 27th, 2010
9:00 pm

The Vortex Firehouse Chili.

Duane

September 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

Wallace BBQ in Austell has the best I’ve ever had. I love it along with a hot dog on the side!

Aggie

September 27th, 2010
9:11 pm

Nothing compares to “Berts” chili at waffle house!

mm

September 27th, 2010
9:16 pm

Uncle Tom

September 27th, 2010
9:21 pm

Sangria’s mexican rest. in Tucker.

Scott

September 27th, 2010
9:24 pm

Rocco’s Chili is the best–Rocco’s Pub in Marietta

lewis

September 27th, 2010
9:28 pm

Brisket Chili at Fox Bros

Steak and Shake

September 27th, 2010
9:31 pm

Best in Atlanta/ Its real chili.

Sunny

September 27th, 2010
9:37 pm

Sunny

September 27th, 2010
9:41 pm

….*TEXAS ROADHOUSE*

Jason

September 27th, 2010
9:43 pm

Has anybody tried Souper Jenny restaurant? I have gotten a menu from there website , some of there menu items sound interesting and they have chili. It’s located in buckhead and I live in Suwanee. Have not had a chance to get down there.

stockbridge

September 27th, 2010
9:51 pm

do people realy go out for chili?

cfarris

September 27th, 2010
10:00 pm

Steak N Shake

ruppert

September 27th, 2010
10:09 pm

rocco’s in Marietta. I drive a million miles from Alpharetta to eat it a few times each year. Chili Pie! nothing else is close.

ItsMe

September 27th, 2010
10:13 pm

Wendy’s. Cant believe I would nominate fast food but Restaurant chili usually isn’t as good as homemade. All tastes like canned Hormel except Wendy’s.

Edward

September 27th, 2010
10:15 pm

The brisket chili at Fox Bros. is hard to beat. And yes, the chili at Steak ‘n’ Shake is pretty darn good, too.

JBE-The Closer

September 27th, 2010
10:17 pm

I have been told that My chili is the best there is. Even people that used to prefer Ayisha’s chili now like mine. As far as restaurants go….There aren’t any that I know of.

Chappy

September 27th, 2010
10:30 pm

Both the regular and vegetarian chili at Dakota Blue (Cherokee Avenue north of Grant Park) are very good.

JH

September 27th, 2010
11:03 pm

Brisket Chili at Fox Bros

Lori

September 28th, 2010
10:28 am

Wow, I’ve lived here all my life too and I certainly haven’t had any decent chili at any restaurants. When I want chili I make it myself. And, yay, it’s starting to cool off a bit, so maybe I’ll whip some up later!!!

Gr8ful G8tor

September 28th, 2010
11:00 am

Fox Brother’s beef brisket Chilli is awesome. I think I’m going there today.

Jenny

September 28th, 2010
12:23 pm

Souper Jenny’s turkey chili.

Jessica

September 28th, 2010
1:36 pm

The Highlander has great chili (featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives) for sure and Manuel’s is good too.

Daniel A.

September 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

@ Jason- I love Super Jenny’s. Each day they have a different menu. There staple item that never changes though is their turkey chili. It is pretty darn good. Normally, I like so many other’s, don’t really go out for Chili. If you do though, try this place. It is Buckhead right next to Stout. The lunch line can get a little crazy. Just fair warning. You should go on Grilled Cheese night, which is when they have a variety of different grilled cheeses that go absolutely perfect with their turkey chili. Hope this helps!

KG

September 28th, 2010
4:45 pm

Fox Bros. brisket chili might be worth killing for. Roaster’s and Maunuel’s are pretty good, too.

Jason

September 28th, 2010
7:53 pm

theres really no GREAT chili in the south, but if you want good chili just go to cincinnati and have a “Skyline 4way” or a cheese coney. It doesnt get and stay cold enough in the south to eat chili like up north

William

September 28th, 2010
10:31 pm

Slow cooker chili at home

EverydayisSunday

September 29th, 2010
6:57 am

Steak n Skake has a great chili and a large bowl is $3. Krystal chili is not bad for a quick fix as well.

Taco Mac chili is pretty good but mostly I just make mine at home.

Chris

September 29th, 2010
8:49 am

It depends on what you are using it for… The best topper chili is at Krystals. I love their Chili Cheese Fries. If I want a bowl of chili I usually go to either Jason’s Deli or McCallister’s Deli. McCallister’s is decent chili but the best part is that it is served in a bread bowl. Jason’s chili is just plain good.

JayBird

September 29th, 2010
10:44 am

Oddly enough when they DO have it… MOE’S has some AWESOME Chili!
Looking forward to it again as it gets colder.

Marshall

September 29th, 2010
12:15 pm

Aunti

September 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

Manuel’s is best for restaurant chili.

Undecided

September 29th, 2010
1:16 pm

I like the texas chili at Jason’s Deli… Wendy’s is yesterday’s uncooked hamburger meet and ketchup at best. That’s NOT chili.
And don’t even get me started on the Bean or no bean argument. (Clearly it’s without beans, otherwise it’s chili With beans)

big meech

September 29th, 2010
2:57 pm

let’s count how many d-bags on this board will say “I make the best chili” or “the best chili is at my house”. I see five so far.

big meech

September 29th, 2010
4:16 pm

The best chili is at my house.

JLC

September 29th, 2010
4:57 pm

Hate to say a chain restaurant, but Longhorn’s chili is some mighty good stuff

JP

September 29th, 2010
5:24 pm

Fox Bros brisket chili

74 Dawg

September 29th, 2010
5:32 pm

Longhorn’s it is. For fast food chili it’s Steak and Shake with the extra meat on top.

MassDawg

September 29th, 2010
9:34 pm

Chili is another lousy dish concoted by Yankees for Yankees.

big meech

September 29th, 2010
9:51 pm

please be advised, the second post with my name was made by an imposter. probably by one of said d-bags.

Food Dude

September 29th, 2010
11:13 pm

I’m partial to the Pork Green Chili at TDS, and the Beef Red Chili is pretty damn tasty. But seriously, I find myself craving that Green Chili all the time.

Steven Josovitz

September 30th, 2010
12:28 am

HIghlander was pretty darn awesome…..

Army Brat

September 30th, 2010
7:34 am

Best chili ever – the lieutenant’s chili in Columbus, GA – at the Dinglewood Pharmacy – people are out the door in line and it is the BEST in the world, not state – he has been there over 50 years!! Scrambled dogs are his specialty and many famous people go there when in town. Try it one time, you will see…..

Mike Straus

September 30th, 2010
11:04 am

Rocco’s in Marietta still has the best chili in Atlanta, even though Rocco retired a couple of years ago. They still use his recipe for killer chili with just the right amount of kick.

three jack

September 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

1. Rocco’s
close 2nd. Mine
3. Taco Mac

Cincy native

September 30th, 2010
3:13 pm

No need to go to Cincinnati for Skyline Chili. You can buy it at Kroger either in a can or frozen. Heat it, put it on spaghetti noodles, load it with TONS of shredded cheddar, onion, hot sauce and oyster crackers. If you must, search the recipe online and make it from scratch.

ted

September 30th, 2010
9:00 pm

I love Fox Bros for their red brisket chili, and i also love TDS for their green chili.

Texas Chili Bowl

October 1st, 2010
8:29 am

Steak n Shake
Krystal
Wendys

In that order.

J W

October 1st, 2010
1:45 pm

Rocco’s!!!! Hands down. No arguments. If you don’t agree, then you haven’t eaten there.

G B

October 1st, 2010
2:05 pm

Defined Chili, not fast food or some chain restaurant cooked meat and tomato sauce. Probably had some of the best chili in Atlanta at the chili cook-off Stone Mountain.

big meech

October 1st, 2010
2:28 pm

I’m a d-bag:(

B T M

October 1st, 2010
4:22 pm

Pepper

October 2nd, 2010
7:23 pm

The turkey chili at THE COUNTER. Includes corn, cranberries, sour cream. Totally different but in a delicious way. Gourmet chili. The beeessssttt!!

Father Murphy

October 3rd, 2010
12:18 pm

I like Chuck e Cheese

Bobby Cox

October 3rd, 2010
5:44 pm

Rocco’s in Marietta. A sure thing. Like Billy Wagner in the ninth today.

big meech

October 4th, 2010
10:12 am

I would’ve said “my house” but I can’t really cook all that good, so Wendy’s is probably better:-)

Mehran Mikail

October 4th, 2010
10:20 am

I make the best one but since that doesn’t count, then Ted’s Montana Grill in Marietta. Although, being a chain restaurant they probably get it pre-made from headquarters. Buffalo Wild Wings has a great chili con carne cheese dip but they only sell it as such. You can’t just buy a bowl of chili from them.

Ed

October 4th, 2010
1:52 pm

Jon Vanderslices’s football game chili

JT

October 4th, 2010
2:18 pm

ROCCO’S! THE BEST IN TOWN!

Boobie Bowden

October 4th, 2010
3:16 pm

Actually the chili at Firehouse Subs is pretty good. They won a cook-off in Orlando Florida a few years ago with their recipe.

Barack the Marxist Foodeater

October 4th, 2010
3:23 pm

The Highlander – Midtown

The best stoner kitchen in Atlanta

Alex

October 4th, 2010
3:51 pm

Yeah I’ve been here in Atlanta and never eatten chilli in a restaurant.

Varsity is the closest to getting that. I guess I need to try these restaurants.

Bobsyouruncle

October 4th, 2010
4:12 pm

One more vote for Rocco’s Pub in Marietta!. Their Chili Pie = Awesome!