Subway: Brown to Rockwell(773) 654-1624 cinners.net41.968238 -87.695011 4757 N Talman Ave (between Leland and Lawrence Aves) Lincoln Square, Chicago
Tue–Sat 5pm–2am; Sun 3pm–midnightAverage main course: $6
The dim lounge doesn’t resemble chili parlors all over Cincinnati, but the room emanates such a distinct aroma of spices—cumin, cocoa and cinnamon—that you can close your eyes and believe you’re there. Still, the three-, four- and five-way chili left us a little cold. Whereas true Cincy chili is more of a spicy meat sauce, this chili sits on top of the traditional spaghetti noodles like crumbled hamburger. On the coneys it somehow worked better (perhaps it was the hot dog that added a much-needed ounce of oomph).