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Another delicious challenge accepted by the Beaverhausen family: to find the most delicious chili in the county!

With both the temps and the leaves falling, it is the perfect time for a warm bowl of tomatoey, beefy, beany goodness. The Mister loves it on football Sundays. I love it any day. And I have found, through a lot of taste testing, the best of the best of Beaver County’s chili!

Instead of going right to the BEST, I am going to run down all of the runners up, in the order in which we ate them.

Bridgetown Taphouse

First off, we stopped in Ambridge at the Bridgetown Taphouse on Merchant. They have a non-traditional version that was on the menu and made our stomachs growl just talking about it. Turkey chili with roasted green chile, red onion and hominy.

For those who don’t know what hominy is, it is grits! This gives this chili both a unique taste and texture. The Mister was reminded of Indian food a bit with this. Definitely interesting and worth a try!

Bowser’s Restaurant

From Ambridge, we crossed the bridge into Aliquippa and drove down Brodhead Road to Bowser’s. This chili is a good, chunky chili, filled with black beans and made with Corona. You can really taste the beer in this, and that is a very good thing. A great side to a Sneedwich, I must say.

Bocktown Beer & Grill

Then we hopped across Broadhead and went into Bocktown in the Beaver Valley Mall. Gooood stuff, folks! It has a nice kick to it, and the lovely waitress loaded me up with cheese and onion. It was spicy, but the beer was cold, so it all worked out for the best.

Luanne’s

From Bocktown, we decided to head to Luanne’s on Route 68 in Industry. This is one of those bars that I never have been to, but I have heard of and seen some pictures of their monster plates of food!

Steak salads that are the size of an average baby. A human baby. That’s a lotta salad!

Anyway, the chili was great here! This was actually my #2 pick for best of the county! It was chunky, but with a good amount of tomato base. There was heat, but not overwhelming. It had a ‘just right’ outcome in all areas. We will definitely be back to Luanne’s to try some other things off of this menu, especially the baby salads.

Harry’s Place

Hopping back on 376, we made the trek to Chippewa, then all the way on 51 to Harry’s Place. Another spot that I have never been to, but have heard of the delicious food.

Harry’s was a nice, basic chili with a sweet tasting undertone. We couldn’t quite pinpoint if it was tomato juice, or maybe ketchup that we were tasting? Whatever it was, it was good and we ate it up! I have heard they also have a pretty good roast beef sandwich with gravy, too.

Brady’s Run Grille

Back on 51, we stopped off at the Brady’s Run Grille. This is not a normal menu item here, but more it is seasonal and I just so happened to catch it on the week of its triumphant return!

This was a very solid contender! It was chunky, but with some veggies you don’t normally see in chili, like celery. It also had chunks of veggies you do see in chili, like green pepper and onion. It was almost more of a stew than a chili! This was Grandpa Beaverhausen’s #1 pick! He loved every bite.

Backdoor Tavern

Next up, the Backdoor Tavern in Fallston. I eat this every single time I am there, and love it more each time.

When you eat it there, they usually put a lil’ kiss of cheese at the bottom of the bowl before they fill it with the chili, and then a little more cheese on the top as well.

It’s like a chili sandwich, but instead of bread , they use shredded cheddar, and that is nice. It has some heat, it has some chunks, it has everything you want from a good bowl of chili. You will love it, I promise.

So who gets the top spot?? Two places get the Beaverhausen nod, because I couldn’t decide. One is a traditional tomato based chili, and the other is a creamy version. Both are what chili dreams are made of, I guarantee it.

Witch Flavor

For a non-traditional chili, it goes to Witch Flavor in Beaver for their Chicken White Bean Chili.

Folks, this was awesome. It was creamy and full of beans and shreds of chicken. On the side they give you Penn State Creamery shredded cheddar, a dollop of sour cream and tortilla slivers – those all get mixed into the chili to make for the most amazing treat.

Five stars for this, for sure. While I was there, I was also able to try their Philly Cheesesteak Soup. Another five stars for this soup. I don’t want to give away any insider information yet, especially before all votes have been tallied, but they are pretty darn high on my soup taste-off list.

Front Door Tavern

For a red chili, a “traditional” version, the Front Door Tavern on Old Darlington Road comes out on top! This bar is back behind Sal’s, down a winding tree lined road. It is very easy to find, but you do have to drive off the beaten path a bit!

This chili blew us all away. It was so full of meat, beans and heat, exactly what we were looking for.

Funny too, when I went to their Facebook page to confirm they had chili on the menu, I was greeted with a post regarding ‘Flu Shot Night’ at the bar. That is BRILLIANT! I wish all bars did that!!

Anyway, we will definitely be back there for a bowl or two of this coziness! Kudos to you guys! It was fabulous!

Well, there you have it! If I missed anywhere, please let me know!! I would love to keep trying them out. Next on tap for us is the soup taste-off. Does anyone have any suggestions for that?!

Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!