Today is National Chili Day, just as it is the last Thursday every February -- and there are few things that are more satisfying on a Minnesota winter day.

There are also few things that can be made more different ways. On Super Bowl Sunday a few weeks ago I made a batch of White Chicken Chili (recipe) and it was fabulous. I'm also a lover of a more traditional pot of goodness full of beef, beans, tomato sauces, and absolutely whatever else you want to throw in it.

I was once a judge of a chili making contest and one of the entries was a gator chili. It didn't taste like chicken. More like beef.

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Here are the top five places in the Saint Cloud area to grab a bow of chili according to Yelp user reviews:

  1. The White Horse (809 West Saint Germain Street, Saint Cloud)
    • "Great for families. The chili is solid!"
  2. Granite City Food & Brewery (3945 2nd Street South, Saint Cloud)
    • "Love their black bean chili!"
  3. Jules' Bistro (921 West Saint Germain Street, Saint Cloud)
    • "The chili was fabulous- wish I had ordered a cup!"
  4. Lily's Wings, Burgers & Things (125 7th Avenue South, Saint Cloud)
    • "The bison chili, wow it was good."
  5. Grizzly's Wood Fired Grill (137 2nd Avenue South, Waite Park)
    • "The beer can chili was good."

Of course, in addition to the chili itself, there are also a gazillion options of what you want to put your chili on top of -- or what you want to put on top of your chili

Bon appétit!

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