Frequent lines out the door are a testament to the popularity of this casual hangout. Though the favorite is chili; the original Smokehouse chili in addition to a weekly rotation of specials; American classics such as baby back ribs, chili burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and Texas nachos are also offered. The friendly service and cheap tabs further justify the wait. Open every day.
Best Chili 2008. The lines are long; often out the door. We understand why. We've waited on that line for Smokehouse Chili Grill's flavor-packed, thick, bubbling chili, too. Made with ground beef, sweet Italian sausage, crisp bacon, a slew of spices, and topped with a blend of shredded Monterrey Jack and yellow cheddar and a dollop of sour cream, it's a heady, hearty, and cheap ($5) meal. And if you ever tire of it (though that's highly unlikely), not to worry. Smokehouse co-owners Michael Hofer and Justin Zeytoonian offer a different chili each week to try. We recently couldn't get enough of the sweet Cincinnati chili made with bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon served over spaghetti. Feeling macho? Go for a bowl of The Trial by Fire chili spiced with Habanero and jalapeno peppers. Finish it, and win a T-shirt emblazoned with your accomplishment. You've joined an exclusive club: just seven diners have succeeded.