Let’s face it, when the temperatures drop and the air is nippy, there is nothing better than a hot bowl of chili. And restaurants throughout the Great Rivers & Routes region know that better than most.
Here are just a few of the top chili spots in the area:
Tempt your tastebuds at Taylor’s Mexican Chili, 510 N. Side Square, Carlinville, with tamales, butter bean soup and an enjoyably authentic bean and beef chili. The chili recipe has been a closely held secret since 1904 and Taylor’s Mexican Chili was recently named an Illinois Maker through the Illinois Made program.
Red Top Barbecue and Chili, 605 Vandalia, Collinsville: Big things come in small packages and Red Top in Collinsville knows that better than most. Chili and barbecue go hand-in-hand here. Order ahead and enjoy carryout, drive through and curbside service.
Old Bakery Beer, 400 Landmarks, Blvd., Alton: Beer and chili is a great combo. But what about beer flavored chili? Old Bakery Beer often uses its own brews to create make its “Chili of the Day”. Different chili options are offered throughout the fall and winter featuring vegetarian, beef, pork or chicken. And yes, beer.
Chili Tip: Don’t miss the Alton Main Street annual Chili Cook-Off in the Argosy Casino parking lot from Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. Amateur and professional teams compete for cash prizes and the coveted “Silver Ladle” for best “People’s Choice” chili. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. Tickets available at the Alton Visitors Center, 200 Piasa St., Alton.
Bethalto holds its annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lifebrook Church.