David Malosh

Celebrate National Chili Day with Five New Orleans Spots

00:00 November 30, -0001

Mark your calendars, February 25 is National Chili Day! It's chilly outside and what better way to keep warm than with a nice bowl of actual chili, or even some chili fries? According to WebMD, hot chili peppers burn calories and speed up metabolism, so no worries about gaining a few pounds! The chili craze isn't too well spread in New Orleans unless you know where to look. Here are some local gems that are certain to warm and fill you up.

Buffa's Bar and Restaurant

Maybe you are looking too far to find the perfect chili spot. What you have missed is the one right in your neighborhood, located on 1001 Esplanade Avenue. This local and neighborhood spot is Buffa's, which is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. As a recommendation, order the chorizo bean chili cup or bowl. As you enjoy this delicious mix of Mexican sausage and New Orleans chili, enjoy the live music this joint has to offer every Thursday through Monday. With your chili and entertainment, also enjoy Buffa's chili cheese fries if you're looking for a perfect side to your complete meal. Reach them at 504-949-0038 for more information and any remaining questions to explore!

The Camellia Grill

A true classic and New Orleans gem, The Camellia Grill located at 626 S. Carrollton Avenue is a must see for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Maybe you knew that this dine-in had typical New Orleans food like their Mardi Gras sandwiches or their fried catfish. But did you know you could also celebrate your National Chili Day at this spot? The grill's special chili omelets will start your day off your celebration just right. If you're looking for a small filler up and a good side dish, then the perfect chili cheese fries will get the job done. You probably know exactly how to get there and what who to call, but here is there number for further questions: 504-309-2679.

Central City BBQ

You didn't believe that BBQ was only a Memphis or Texas thing, did you? Here in New Orleans, you get your own BBQ joint on 1201 S. Rampart Street. Here you can celebrate National Chili Day with Central City BBQ. Stop at Central City BBQ if want your go-to side dishes to include chili, mac and cheese, and other complementary sides. Couple these sides with the amazing brisket chili cheese fries, served with green onion and sour cream. Eat at this restaurant, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and to 9 p.m. on weekends. For an extra special celebration, make sure to arrive between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to enjoy Central City BBQ's happy hours! Contact them also for takeout or catering at 504-558-4276.

Cochon Butcher

Explore exquisite tastes, with a kick of chili, at Cochon Butcher, which is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays to Sundays and located on 930 Tchoupitoulas Street. Make a meal out of their black-eyed pea chili with cornbread, the fried alligator with chili garlic mayo, the wood fired oysters with chili garlic butter, or the chili dusted pork cracklins. Don't stop at just one! Order all these dishes and share with your table or chili-loving friends. Find your perfect mix of New Orleans style dishes with a side of chili. Call now at 504-588-7675!

Dat Dog

This hot dog shop almost needs no introduction. As another New Orleans classic, Dat Dog is famous for its "jazz improvisation in a bun." Order any flavor of sausage and top it with any choice of 30 toppings for no extra charge. For this National Chili Day, jazz up your dog with chili or side it with chili cheese fries or tots. Dat Dog has locations on 5030 Freret St. for folks uptown, 601 Frenchmen St. for those downtown, and 3336 Magazine St. for those in between. Find out more information on how to spice up your dog this February!

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