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Real Chili

419 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI - (414) 271-4042
Posted By kev burns on 4/9/2005 4:27:00 PM
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 are no tables. I went there about 4 times a week for 4 years until I moved away. If you go at dinner hour or late night on Friday or Saturday, expect to wait about 20 minutes. The food is presented by the same workers that worked there 20 years ago. Food is served in a soup bowl and a 2nd bowl is half price. Again the food is great and you should you will be getting a second bowl. Price Level is cheap - About $5.00 for the meal. Locals add oyster crackers to the chili and are often tossed about amoung the customers making it a fun, friendly place. People travel from around the USA for this great food.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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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





Surrounding the bowl of extra-hot are oyster crackers, sour cream, and chopped raw onions. This is a lunch that will stay with you all afternoon.
"Surrounding the bowl of extra-hot are oyster crackers, sour cream, and chopped raw onions. This is a lunch that will stay with you all afternoon. "
Michael Stern


Dan Helfer owns Real Chili and knows the secrets of the spice mix.
"Dan Helfer owns Real Chili and knows the secrets of the spice mix."
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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