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Moonstruck? Try spoonstruck. We've got a serious crush on chili right now. One, it's basically The North Face jacket of foods; dig into a bowl and you may even forget it's 15 degrees outside. Two, even when it's loaded with cheese and sour cream, we can kind of pretend it's healthy. Look at all of those beans! And, three, it's a food that has a version for everyone. Don't eat beef? Try turkey chili! Don't eat turkey? Try veggie chili! Vegan? There's a white bean chili at Native Foods Café calling your name.
So, if you've been overlooking chili in favor of flashier menu items, it's time to give it some love — at least if you're at any of the restaurants on this list. Honestly? Even though chili's the perfect winter food, these nine bowls pack so much flavor, we'd eat any one of them smack dab in the middle of summer. Chili when it's not chilly? Now that's a vote of confidence.
Photographed by Mika McClurkin