A debate as old as time: what is chili? Is it a soup? Should it have beans? Is it a stew? Chili con carne is believed to have originated in Northern Mexico, or in Southern Texas. The background, and what should go into it, is still widely debated. What isn’t a question though, is if chili is delicious in all its forms! There’s only one right answer, and it’s yes. It’s delicious.

If you missed the opportunity to celebrate National Chili Day, on Thursday, don’t worry! Here are some great spots to still get your fix: 


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Image via: Franktuary, Instagram

Founded in 2004, Franktuary was voted as Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Best Downtown Lunch Spot” in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and also voted “Best Hot Dog” in 2013 and 2014. They also have delicious chili that you can get vegan as well!

Revival Chili

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Image via: Revival Chili, Instagram

Revival Chili is dedicated to honing their craft of perfecting chili. They are a food truck that not only makes amazing chili, but creates opportunities for folks from all demographics, including the homeless, veterans, and reentering citizens. Revival is a win-win; you get to eat amazing food, and to support the community while doing so.

Onion Maiden

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Image via: Onion Maiden, Instagram

Onion Maiden is a punk-rock and heavy-metal inspired vegan eatery in Allentown. They specialize in Asian and American comfort food that is all vegetable based! Although chili is not the only thing they do, it is a dish that you should definitely order from Onion Maiden. Whether poured over tots, or over vegan hot dogs, you truly can’t go wrong.

Do you have a favorite local chili stop/recipe? Tell us about it in the comments so that we can check it out! 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Sophia Chang

Sophia is a Pittsburgh transplant who has lived in the Steel City for the last 9 years. She's passionate about food, and spends her free time sharing what it's like living (and eating!) as an Asian-American woman in Pittsburgh. You can find her exploring new restaurants, making foodie friends, and trying all the different bubble tea shops in the city.

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