Easily the newest chili purveyor in town, Eastside Chili has been open for about a month in Withamsville on Beechmont Ave. Located in a strip mall just east of 275, Eastside chili looks to help rectify the dearth of independent chili parlors on the east side of town. As you would expect with a brand new restaurant, Eastside Chili’s interior is tidy and freshly painted, including a nice mural along one wall of east side landmarks including the passenger terminal at Lunken, the Mt. Washington water tower, Coney Island, etc. The menu features double-deckers, burgers, assorted sandwiches, a wide array of appetizers, and of course chili. Can the upstart east side entrant hold its own against its well-established west side competition? Read on to find out:Overall Rating:
I really wanted to be blown away by the chili here — it’s not too far from my house and would easily be the closest dedicated chili parlor not named Skyline or Gold Star. The chili was quite flavorful with more heat than most but something about it just didn’t quite come together. There were some clashing flavors in there don’t quite live up to the standards we’ve found at other parlors. The coneys were quite good although the cheese was a little on the dry side and didn’t seem to have been freshly grated — I would suspect it’s shredded cheese out of a bag like you can buy at your local grocery store. Overall good, but not great.
Today’s Chili tour took us to Eastside Chili, a new establishment on the East side. They are only about 30 days old and you could tell, they are still working some kinks out but overall, it’s a clean restaurant on the right track. Portions were average, price was slightly high. They were a little stingy on the cheese on the 4-way but that seems like it’s a trend anyway. Overall I give it a 6. It didn’t blow my doors off but it wasn’t terrible. Menu was pretty deep with non-chili items.
Eastside chili will need more time to break in the new furniture and grill. It was a pleasant experience and the restaurant was very clean, but not your typical chili parlor ambiance. My traditional 3-Way was fair, the chili was not overly exciting and the portion was average. To my liking the hot sauce was thick and firery, but they serve the tiny oyster crackers in a bag, which doesn’t cut it for my need to soak up the chili juice. With only 30 days under their belt there is plenty of time for improvements.
I ordered a 4-way with onions. The chili flavor was average. Temperature was warm. I would make a second visit to investigate the 3/4lb burger they had on the menu.
I never expected when my order was placed down in front of me that highlight of my meal would be the poorly cooked crinkle cut cheese fries (with the cheese that had been melted in the microwave), but unfortunately they were. My coneys at Eastside Chili were hardly passable….and that was only after the hot dog was removed from them. The hot dog had a weird burnt plasticish taste that completely ruined the coneys….even without the dog there was still an odd flavor and oil left from them on the coneys. The cheese fries were below average as well. While I really wanted to like Fat Timmy’s , it was a very disappointing experience.