5 Bowls Of Chili To Try In Bergen County

This spicy stew is all you need to eat, whether you’re watching a game or warming up on a cold day.
Traditional Chili Soup With Meat And Red Beans


It’s been a relatively mild winter, but we assure you it’s still chili season. Of course, we’re talking about the spicy stew filled with tomatoes, beans, garlic, onions, cumin and (sometimes) meat. Chili’s a comfort food classic that warms the body and soul, and it’s often a hit with families as well as football fans—you might’ve even had a bowl or two or drizzled some on a hot dog or nachos during last weekend’s Super Bowl.

For those who haven’t quite mastered a recipe or for those who simply can’t get enough chili, you’re in luck: Bergen County is a destination for this hearty dish. Mark your calendar for the annual Meadowlands Winter Chili Cookoff on Feb. 25, where some of the area’s best chili cooks will compete for cash prizes (others can simply show up and try the different varieties). If you can’t wait for that date, swing by one of the restaurants below, each of which offers chili worth trying based on the rave reviews online.

  • Dog House Saloon & Grill: You know it’s a must-try if they call their chili “award winning” on the menu.
    *270 Pascack Rd., Washington Township, 201.722.1820
  • Homespun Chili: There are a variety of flavors (Buffalo chicken, vegetarian, “shepherd’s pie”) to enjoy on-site or to take home.
    *80 Washington Ave., Dumont, 201.374.2470
  • Hot Dog Caboose: Try this hot dog stand’s chili on a frankfurter or on its own with corn chips and raw onion.
    *211 Greenwood Ave., Midland Park, 201.444.2531
  • The Hot Dog House: Hot dogs are in its name, but don’t overlook a cup of hot or mild chili to warm up on a cold day.
    *510 Rte. 17 S., Carlstadt, 201.935.5803
  • The Orange Lantern: You’ll find typical pub grub at this neighborhood bar, but be sure to enjoy a side of chili with cheese and chips.
    *15 E. Firehouse Ln., Paramus, 201.652.4443

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