23rd Annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off
Safe & Socially Distant Deliciousness
February 12-28, 2021 Inside restaurants & Takeout
Support eateries and judge their chili from the comfort of your own home and pick your favorite(s) to be awarded the grand prize of bragging rights. And a trophy.
This year, the socially distant Chili Cook-Off allows for dozens of chilis prepared by restaurants across the region to be tested as the competition heats up for the titles of Best Meat Chili, Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili, Best Chili Inspired Item, and The People’s Choice Chili.
Those who want to taste (and judge) the chilis of the Chili Cook-Off will need to visit the participating restaurants of their choice to order a cup o' chili, or featured chili item. Please check with each participating location about their hours and availability.
See the list of this year's competitors below!
Self-appointed judges (anyone and everyone who tries a chili!) are also encouraged to snap photos of their tasting experience & post to Facebook/Instagram with the hashtag #downtownithaca.
2021 Chili Cook-Off Competitors
- Ithaca Ale House
- Bickering Twins
- Brookton's Market
- Cafe Dewitt
- Casablanca Pizza
- Covered Bridge Market & Pizzeria
- Finger Lakes Bakes
- Hound and Mare
- Ithaca Beer Co.
- Lou's Kitchen
- Luna Inspired Street Food
- Mahogany Grill
- Mama Said Hand Pies
- Monks On the Commons
- Northstar House
- Nothing Nowhere Cafe
- Ooy's Deli
- Shortstop Deli
- Simeon's American Bistro
- Texas Roadhouse Ithaca
- The Bistro At La Tourelle
- The Seabring Inn / Eat The Foood!
- Uncle Joe's Grill and Sports Bar
- Waffle Frolic
2021 Non-competing Participants!
And more to come!
See the inspired items and specials from the merchants above - another way to support local businesses during the Cook-Off!
People's Choice Best Chili: Taverna Banfi
Best Presentation: Luna Inspired Street Food
Best Meat Chili: Ithaca Ale House
Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili: Viva Taqueria
Best Beverage: FLX Cider House
Join us this year and help us award the 2021 winners!
Directions & Parking to Downtown Locations
Attendees can park in the Green, Seneca, and Cayuga Street garages, or pay for street parking, and walk to restaurants participating in the Chili Cook-off.
The garages are equipped with accessible parking and elevators.
Don’t want to drive? See TCAT bus routes and schedules here.