Rapid review: Real Chili
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419 E. Wells St., (414) 271-4042
1625 W. Wells St, Milwaukee (414) 342-6955
Real Chili opened in Milwaukee in 1931, but technically speaking, the recipe goes back even further. Founder Francis Honesh worked at Chili John's in Green Bay, which opened around 1910 and is still in business. Now, there are two Milwaukee locations, one near Marquette, and another off Cathedral Square. The ubiquitous "Real Chili: It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore" bumper stickers have literally been plastered all the way to the South Pole (a wall of fame graces the northeast corner of the Downtown shop).
Menu: Chili, and things to put chili on (like hot dogs).
When to go: As Bart Simpson once said, "It's always time for chili." But more specifically, peak times are lunch and bar time. Nothing soaks up the booze at 2:30 a.m. like a heaping bowl of chili.
Dress: Anything goes. College kids in cut-offs to businesspeople in suits.
Don't miss: "The Marquette." It's a medium-spicy bowl of chili with spaghetti and beans.
Parking: Street parking can be tricky, depending on time of day. Fortunately, servers get you in and out quickly. This isn't a place to linger around endlessly.
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