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Real Chili

419 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI - (414) 271-4042
Real Chili serves bowls of chili mild, medium, or hot, with spaghetti or beans, or spaghetti AND beans, the full and complete arrangement known as the Marquette Special. The degree of heat is determined by the amount of meat; i.e. more meat = more heat.
96% Approval Rating (30 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Chili
Marquette Special

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Real Chili serves bowls of chili mild, medium, or hot, with spaghetti or beans, or spaghetti AND beans. The full and complete arrangement is known as the Marquette Special. (The original Real Chili parlor has long been a favorite of Marquette University students.) The ..."   [Read More]
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valerie dusing
October 17, 2005
"Real Chili: probably the best late night place to get real chili, Cincinnati style. After Bastille days in Milwaukee, it's the only place to go and satisfy that craving-hot-spicy-chili-with-noodles-cheese-sour-cream-and-no-beans moment. My question? When can we ..."   [Read More]
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kev burns
April 09, 2005
"Excellant Chili, Served on Spagetti or without. I suggest adding cheese that melts right in. They do not serve alcohol as stated in the front webpage. Most regulars drink water but they do serve coke products. The location is storefront with stool (15) service. There ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

419 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI
(414) 271-4042

http://realchili-milwaukee.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Surrounding the bowl of extra-hot are oyster crackers, sour cream, and chopped raw onions.
"Surrounding the bowl of extra-hot are oyster crackers, sour cream, and chopped raw onions."
Michael Stern





From the side, you can see how Real Chili chili is layered: spaghetti noodles topped with beans, topped with chili meat, topped with cheese. It is up to the customer to add raw onions and/or sour cream; and in the background, you can see cruets of sweet and hot vinegar, which connoisseurs use to adjust the flavor to taste.
"From the side, you can see how Real Chili chili is layered: spaghetti noodles topped with beans, topped with chili meat, topped with cheese. It is up to the customer to add raw onions and/or sour cream; and in the background, you can see cruets of sweet and hot vinegar, which connoisseurs use to adjust the flavor to taste."
Michael Stern


A red-hot sign for red-hot chili
"A red-hot sign for red-hot chili"
Michael Stern


Midwestern-style urban chili parlors are now scarce in cities where they once thrived.  In that light, Milwaukee's Real Chili is rare Americana.
"Midwestern-style urban chili parlors are now scarce in cities where they once thrived. In that light, Milwaukee's Real Chili is rare Americana."
Michael Stern



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