When you think of chili, you think of a steaming, hearty dish to chase away the dark chill of winter.
In Miami, there is no dark chill of winter. We’re lucky if we get a few sunny cold snaps in January. But according to a popular food website, a Miami restaurant still serves some of the best chili in the country.
Eat This, Not That has named the best chili in every state, presumably in the anticipation of a need for comfort food, and Lokal in Coconut Grove, it says, serves the best chili in Florida.
“Chili is one of those warming comfort foods that appear on menus in many different forms. Piled high on a plate of fries, served with a dollop of sour cream, sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese, or made sans toppings, this dish is delicious no matter how you like to have it prepared,” the website writes.
“Lokal’s famous New Mexico Chili features warm chili topped with an appetizing blend of Monterey Jack cheese and white onions. One reviewer called it, ‘the best chili in Miami. It’s spicy, it’s rich, it’s hearty, it’s what all chilis should be!’ ”
The recipe is simple, says owner Matt Kuscher, who was pleased the Lokal was singled out.
“There’s nothing crazy, just good ingredients made daily,” he says. “Quality meat. We shred the cheese from blocks. We use homemade tortilla strips and a few special spices I discovered on a trip to New Mexico over 10 years ago.”
Where: 3190 Commodore Plaza, Miami
Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday; noon-11 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday