Originally posted by Maroon
Let me recommend[url='http://www.brookingschili.com/']Brooking's Chili[/url]. Coach Adolph Rupp of the Kentucky Wildcats supposedly proclaimed Brooking's (founded 1938) as having the best chili in Lexington. The place went out of business in 1991, but somebody just started packaging this mix.
One warning- the directions produce very greasy chili. I'm going to brown the meat first next time.
What a shock that Brooking's chili is mentioned here. Roadfooders will have to take my comments with a grain of salt since Maroon has actually tried the mix and likes it.
A chili mix that replicates Brooking's chili is a product I wouldn't think of buying OR trying.
Several times over the years I ate the chili at Brookings. Except for the first visit, it was always because someone with me wanted to try the chili (including my Mom). I always thought it might be better next time, but it never was. Brooking's may have served the world's blandest chili. Mostly meat, it had very little flavor and no spiciness at all.
Brookings was a place where some neighborhood folks stepped in for a beer or a light meal, like chili. I don't think they had much business when school was out. I always thought the serving size was parsimonious.
I believe Brookings was on the local culinary map only because the legendary Adolph Rupp ate there when he was Kentucky's basetball coach. The place was on the same street as the gym. At Brookings, Coach Rupp poured the catsup - a lot of catsup - to the chili. That was reported in an article about the place, and I remember seeing a picture of him doing just that. I think he added so much catsup because that chili needed all the help it could get.
For a long time there's been talk of franchizing Brookings chili. I'm amazed that its proponents think anyone would buy a second bowl.
I wouldn't be so hard on Brookings, but the owner and the restaurant are long gone, and I'd hate to see friends here waste money on a mix bearing the name. What the heck would be in such a mix? The authentic item had no spiciness and hardly any flavor.