Today’s stop on the chili tour took your intrepid chili connoisseurs to U.S. Chili in Camp Washington. U.S Chili is located, literally and figuratively, in the shadow of its more famous neighbor, Camp Washington Chili which sits directly across the street. Inside, the restaurant occupies an old bank, complete with a large vault that has been converted into restrooms. Be sure to check out the men’s room for a nice look at the inside of the vault. In addition to all the chili dishes you’d expect, they also serve a full breakfast, double-deckers, and a selection of burgers. U.S. Chili has been in business for 25 years, despite what must be a tough location for an independent chili parlor – - so does that mean they’re doing something right? Read on to find out what the team thought of it!Overall Rating:
The staff was okay, nothing out of the ordinary. Order was accurate without reminders. Food was decent, but a little light on the spaghetti. The building could be really cool if they did some maintenance. I would not rule out repeat visits.
Definitely a step up from some of our recent stops. The chili at U.S. Chili was a little on the watery side, more so than on previous stops, but it did have larger than average chunks of beef swimming around in it. The chili also packed a little extra punch — the spiciest we’ve encountered thus far. The coney came “wet” which meant the chili dominated the flavor, threatening to drown out the mustard, cheese, and onion flavors. While the restaurant is a little run-down, the service was prompt and friendly.
I made an un-sanctioned stop at US Chili a couple weeks after the gang. It is as advertised, an old bank so the inside is interesting. The chili wasn’t watery at all which I liked and had a good flavor. The 4-way portion was just average. Fries on the other hand were hot and had enough for two people. Wait staff was a little spacey but did the job.. I’m not saying you need to be worried but, it does have a greasy spoon feel about it as the tables, chairs and walls have seen their better days. In all I give it a solid 7.
I rate US Chili a 6. Very thin too much juice with almost no meat, but flavor was good. Facility a 5 as well.
I Enjoyed the simplicity of the dining experience, it’s always nice to be greeted by the cooks who are making your meal. The waitress was quick with delivering my drink and in less than 8 minutes I had a perfect 3-way sitting in front of me. Nicely portioned with the right amount of cheese and lots of juice…perfect for crunching up some crackers to soak it all up. The hot-sauce could use some work, but did the job to add enough heat to my lunch. And of course I had to visit the men’s room, which was an old PNC bank vault…nice touch, but they could of made it more of an attraction that what it is. All in all good experience…a solid 7.
US Chili gets a 7 from me, mostly for their cheese fries not their chili or atmosphere. US Chili has a great space, with a ton of potential to really embrace the chili parlor feel…but the plain white walls, beat up tables and cracked floor leave a lot to be desired. The cheese coneys were decent. The bread was fresh, there was an excellent helping of cheese, and the chili had a good flavor but was a little too watery which caused it to get overtaken by the hot dog. US Chili has the best fries I have had on the tour so far. The regular straight fries were cooked nearly perfectly, salted and then covered in a ton of shredded cheddar immediately so that it melted on its own leaving the fries crisp and delicious until the end.