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Mike's Chili Parlor

1447 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA - (206) 782-2808
Mike's is an urban chili parlor. Outfitted with a billiards table and decorated with beer signs, this joint is the real deal. This is NOT gourmet-yuppie-celebrity chef chili. It's coarse-ground beef with enough grease that when it is served by the bowl, your spoon will glide through a glistening layer on top before it hits meat.
100% Approval Rating (8 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Chili Bowl
Chili Pasta
Chili Dog
Lemonade

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"As Jane plowed into a dish of spaghetti, chili, cheese and onions and I forked up a chili dog and our friend Diane spooned into a bowl of chili, it occurred to me that Mike's is one of an endangered breed of restaurant: the urban chili parlor. Other than in Cincinnati, ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1447 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA
(206) 782-2808

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Chili burger from Mike's.
"Chili burger from Mike's."
Peter S





True urban chili parlors are hard to find. Mike's is the real deal.
"True urban chili parlors are hard to find. Mike's is the real deal."
Michael Stern


You can barely see the bifurcated hot dog buried underneath the chili, cheese and onions, and atop a steamed bun. Fork and knife are provided, of course.
"You can barely see the bifurcated hot dog buried underneath the chili, cheese and onions, and atop a steamed bun. Fork and knife are provided, of course."
Michael Stern


Mike's chili pasta is similar to Cincinnati 5-way chili, but stacked in a different order. This is one of those raunchy meals that tastes better and better the more you eat it.
"Mike's chili pasta is similar to Cincinnati 5-way chili, but stacked in a different order. This is one of those raunchy meals that tastes better and better the more you eat it."
Michael Stern


Chili Bowl contains nothing but meat and sauce and grease unless you ask for beans, onions and/or cheese. Oyster crackers are an essential sop for the top.
"Chili Bowl contains nothing but meat and sauce and grease unless you ask for beans, onions and/or cheese. Oyster crackers are an essential sop for the top."
Michael Stern


Mike's was mobbed when we entered a few minutes after 12 noon. By 1pm, it was nearly empty.
"Mike's was mobbed when we entered a few minutes after 12 noon. By 1pm, it was nearly empty."
Michael Stern


It seemed to us that most of Mike's customers were drinking beer. But we were thrilled with this tart, fresh lemonade.
"It seemed to us that most of Mike's customers were drinking beer. But we were thrilled with this tart, fresh lemonade."
Michael Stern



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