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Clyde’s famous chili is served at all its locations in the area, and is so popular that it’s even served at Old Ebbitt Grill. The signature recipe uses dark chili powder, which results in a slightly sweeter taste, but a hint of spice and smoke. (Image: Courtesy Clyde's)

The top 5 spots to get your chili fix in D.C.

It’s chili season! I’ll admit it: most of the time I prefer homemade chili, while curled up on my couch. There are so many variations and everyone has their own preferences -- with or without beans, plain chili versus chili mac, the right combination of toppings, spice and so much more!

But when it’s cold outside, you might just want that comforting bowl without all the prep work. We've got five suggestions for can't-miss chili!

Clyde’s and Old Ebbitt Grill

Clyde’s famous chili is served at all its locations in the area, and is so popular that it’s even served at Old Ebbitt Grill. The signature recipe uses dark chili powder, which results in a slightly sweeter taste, but a hint of spice and smoke. It's so in demand, Clyde's even shares the recipe online!

Meats and Foods

These guys are known for their housemade sausages, including the half smoke, but their chili is really great too! It’s meaty, hearty and just the way I like it – thick, but not soupy, a slight hint of spice, but not sweat inducing. It’s best enjoyed topped with diced onions, cheese and jalapenos, and washed down with a Natty Boh. They have a vegetarian chili too, if that’s how you lean.

Martin’s Tavern

This popular tavern is a landmark restaurant and is known for its history (JFK frequented the spot and even proposed to Jackie here), but their food, especially the chili, is pretty solid too. It’s topped with tomatoes, onions and cheddar and is available on their dinner and brunch menus.

Old Glory BBQ

Old Glory’s brisket and rib chili is marked on their menu as the “Best Damn Chili in the South”, and epitomizes the down home, but elegant version of this dish. On top of the chili is a bit of tangy crema (instead of sour cream), in addition to cheddar, jalapenos, onions and even bell peppers. I don’t know if it’s the best damn chili in the south, but it sure is damn good.

An honorable mention goes to Hill Country BBQ where the Texas style red chili is served as a side – a classic beef and tomato base with some excitement from chilies.

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