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chili - Evanston - Firehouse Grill

leek | Jan 13, 200206:12 PM

In the Chow spirit, I had the chili at The Firehouse Grill tonight for dinner. My overall impression was that the chili is merely adequate. My husband said it was fine, when pressed "would you get it again" he said "sure." Not his most ringing endorsement, but definitely not a "well, we never have to eat THAT again either."

Most of the rest of the food is basic pub grub - typical appetizers like buffalo wings, quesadillas, fried stuff, etc. The main dish salads are generous and fresh. I haven't had their burgers, but I thought the steak sandwich should have been sliced thinner - it was tasty, but tough. Their fries are good, thin, crispy, skin on.

Now to the chili - it was of the soupy, midwestern variety. It comes topped with shredded cheddar, chopped green onions and sourcream. The meat was in chunks, simmered long so they pretty much evaporated in your mouth. There were red kidney beans, also falling-apart in texture. Strangely, there were large chunks of celery. Again, falling apart. I found a piece of macaroni, but only one. There were tomatoes, fairly firm - I suspect they toss leftover salad bits into the chili. The writeup in the menu says something about roasted anchos for smoke, but I didn't taste any smoke. Also, there was not enough cumin for my preference. It was mildly spicy, but you can add hot sauce from their "wall of fire." I think it needed a squirt of some lime.

They do have vegetarian chili, which I didn't try.

Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston


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