If there’s one thing that Cincinnati is known for, it’s chili. And no other place in the Midwest makes it quite like the Queen City. Several parlors throughout the area are known for stirring up delicious dishes of spaghetti, cheese, beans, chili, onions, and other toppings.
In this post we share the 7 best places to get chili in Cincinnati.
Map of Restaurants
The following map shows the location of every place mentioned in this post:
Blue Ash Chili
With locations in Blue Ash, Springdale, and Mason, Blue Ash Chili is one of the best places in the city to grab some chili cheese fries, chili sandwiches, and cheese coneys. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner options as well as a unique six-way (spaghetti, cheese, chili, beans, onions, and fried jalapeño caps).
Location: Locations in Blue Ash, Springdale, and Mason
Website: Blue Ash Chili
Camp Washington Chili
Camp Washington Chili is one of the most well-known chili parlors in Cincinnati and for good reason. Their menu is filled with delicious options and their decor makes you feel like you’re back in the 1950’s. They’re also open 24 hours a day, so you can stop in and get your chili fix at any time.
Location: 3005 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225
Website: Camp Washington Chili
Chili Time Restaurant
Located in the quaint neighborhood of St. Bernard, Chili Time Restaurant is known for their delicious chili, friendly service, and excellent prices. Our personal favorites at Chili Time are their hot chili and the chili cheese fries, but you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu.
Location: 4727 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45217
Website: Chili Time Restaurant
With locations in three different Northern Kentucky neighborhoods, Dixie Chili is a chili staple for locals. Founded in 1929 by Nicholas D. Sarakatsannis, Dixie Chili has a long history of serving up delicious chili that you can enjoy with friends and family in laid back settings.
Location: Locations in Newport, Covington, and Erlanger
Website: Dixie Chili
Located in the northern Kentucky neighborhood of Alexandria, Empress Chili is another excellent spot to grab some chili. Founded in 1922 by brothers Tom and John Kiradjieff, the parlor was named after the nearby Empress Burleque Theater that was located in Downtown Cincinnati. Today the parlor is known for their incredible chili and their friendly atmosphere.
Location: 7934 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, KY 41001
Website: Empress Chili
Pleasant Ridge Chili
Pleasant Ridge Chili is another excellent place to grab a 3-way chili, a cheese coney, a salad, or a burger. Notorious for being open until 4AM every night of the week (except Sundays), this is the most common spot for locals to visit after a long night out. Stop by for the quality food and stay for the excellent service and friendly small-town vibe.
Location: 6032 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213
Website: Pleasant Ridge Chili
Price Hill Chili
Located on the west side of the city, Price Hill Chili has been around since 1962 and has a reputation for serving up some of the best chili in the city. With plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, it’s easy to find some form of comfort food that you’ll like on the menu.
Location: 4920 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45238
Website: Price Hill Chili