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Real Chili

419 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI - (414) 271-4042
Posted By valerie dusing on 10/17/2005 10:41:00 PM
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 get it in the suburbs of Milwaukee? Madison and Milwaukee are the only two locations I know of, but there are so many people in Mukwonago, WI who drive to get this incredible delight. When can we find it in Waukesha, or even in Mukwonago? With all the growth in these areas will we live long enough to see this happen? I certainly hope so.

It is worth the drive. Whether you like it mild, medium, or hot, they have it for you!

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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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