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2006/11/11 10:34:48 (permalink)

Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve?

This idea came up on anouther chili thread but we thought this needs it's own thread. What kinds of chili would you serve? My idea would be to serve the best famous and regional chilis. Texas, Cinci, California, New mexico green chili. What would be on your list?

What else would you serve besides chili? I know, I know, BEER! But what else to eat?

What would be a good name for such a place.

All ideas welcome.
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/11 23:56:57 (permalink)
    Name, PapaJoe's chili heaven. Serve Sundancer Tn skillet cornbread amd Aleswench beer and/or Bushie's Margaritas. For desert Grandma Betty's banana puddin'.

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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/11 23:57:41 (permalink)
    Ohhh wait, 1st ya gotta decide, beans or no beans....
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 09:08:19 (permalink)
    The new Tolbert's here in Texas has chili w/ and w/o beans. And, some Bushie beans on the menu. Some folks may come just for a great bowl of beans.

    Yep, the Tn cornbread is a must, with and w/ and w/o jalapenos. maybe a mexican cornbread also? And tha puddin sounds like a good thing also. The beer and Busie's sounds good to.

    Not a bad name but might need more work. I like the ChiliUp name of that California place but it's taken. How about Chili Time. Folks could say, hey... it's chili time.
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 09:14:17 (permalink)
    I think just calling it "Papajoes" has a nice ring to it........
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 09:41:25 (permalink)
    This is fun-

    OK- I think I'd make a few different types of cornbread- two standards one of which is the sweet style and I'd have a feature cornbread of the day which might have chilis or some sort or cheese added.

    Garlic toast, texas toast, rice, spaghetti, tortilla chips or salsa would be other possible sides.

    For chilis I would add to the list a white chili made with ground chicken or turkey and a veggie chili or again have less popular chilis rotating as a daily feature.

    For add ons- cheeses-monterrey, jalapeno jack, cheddar and some form of queso blanco
    -diced onions, green onions, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, diced black olives, sour cream
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 10:11:38 (permalink)
    You need to cook some hot dogs to put under that chili. Then you'll have something. I suggest an all-beef, eight to a pound, natural casing, from either Sabrett, Hebrew National or Best Provisions (Newark, NJ). Oh, and get some Martin Potato roll hot dog buns to serve 'em on. Butter and toast mine, please. Hey, have any slaw for the side?
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 11:49:41 (permalink)
    Ok Ann, maybe PapaJoe's? I think there is a papajoe's restaurant of some kind already though.

    Yep, white and vegy chili.

    Salsa, this is fantasy, we don't have to rotate things. I have an idea of vac sealing and freezing the chili in serving portions. That just makes it better, right? Not sure how to heat it up though? You could have lots of kinds that way, and no waste. And lots of cornbreads, and we need all that other stuff you mentioned, but don't forget satltines.

    And yep Bear, great dogs and burgers, and slaw. Butter and toast, no prob mate! And, maybe a famous coney sauce?
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 12:22:16 (permalink)
    You also need to offer an option of a freshly baked potato to go under that chili, as well as some Frito Scoops (for a walking chili/taco). By the way, I came across a company called Old World Cone Company/Walking Taco Cone Company ( http://www.oldworldcone.com/taco_cone.html ) which offers a mix as well as pre-made taco-shell-tasting cones which you could use for a walk-up serving container for your various chilis.

    For a name, how about Chili Today (slogan: "It's Chili Today!" or "It's really Chili Today!") or maybe Ultimate Chili?
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 13:37:51 (permalink)
    6star, a guy tried the cones at a fair years ago but all they had was sweet ones for ice cream back then. Is a good idea I think with the cones you mentioned. I guess we need a drive through for those? And, yep, taters and Fritos of coarse. How about a frito pie wrap, gota compete w/ Sonic.

    I like those names. Names to get folks talkin chili are good.

    Speaking of taco's??? But, no fish tacos. Just tacos made w/ things that go in chili. Unless someone has a fish chili recipe? :~)
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 15:40:27 (permalink)
    OK, "It's Really Time for PapaJoe's Ultimate Chili Today". We will need a really BIG sign! :~)
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 16:02:36 (permalink)
    Hello All,
    PapaJoe8, a great thread.
    At times, I like fresh rolls with chili and other times, flour tortillas. Not to offend
    anyone, but I've never been a cornbread soul.
    And again, at times I like chili with french fries, (not often, but it works.)
    I can take chili with or without beans, so offer both.
    Sometimes I have chili in the frig and don't want a bowl, so I take white tortilla chips,
    put chili on them, spinkle them with cheese, warm them as a treat.
    There is a chili-sloppy-"Papa"Joe that must be part of the menu.
    Chili Dogs and chili burgers could be on the menu.
    Many people like beer with their chili dishes, but I love Dr. Pepper.
    The sweetness of a soda with the warmth and hotness of chili are a good blending.
    Enough of my mind now...
    Take Care,
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 17:01:02 (permalink)
    Ya gotta have Cafeteria style, that soupy, bland red stuff with broken up spaghetti (or macaroni) in it for the kid in all of us . Oh the memories.
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 18:22:42 (permalink)
    Field, some good hot rolls sound fine to me. Chili on the tortilla chips sounds like chili nachos. The slopy papas, we might need a recipe for those. For those who don't drink, a Dr Pepper is a must w/ a bowl of Texas chili. Regular DPs, and we could even sell the cane sugar ones from Dublan Texas. Other high end sodas are a good idea I think, like that Bull Dog root beer.

    Ok Pat, chili mac, the other kids will like that to. But??? must we call it "school cafeteria chili mac"?
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/12 21:01:17 (permalink)
    My grandfather made a chili that was probably heresy to some...but it sure tasted good..it was thin, full of pinto beans, hamburger meat, chili powder, onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar and other stuff of which I have no idea...
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/13 10:09:11 (permalink)
    Since it's a fantasy chili parlor, I get to pick without regard to how well this or that blend might sell...

    1) The basic. Cubed beef, onions, garlic, cumin, mex oregano and chili powder, thickened with masa.

    2) Basic American; add ground beef, tomatoes, and offered w and wo beans.

    3) White chili, same as #1 but using chicken breast and chicken broth, navy beans and no tomatoes.

    4) Cincy style, of course. 3 through 5 ways.

    5) New Mexico style, cubed pork and lots of fresh chiles.

    6) A rotating special of various worthwhile recipes. I had a Jane Butel recipe that I always liked; cubed beef, sesame and caraway seeds.

    Additional dishes: cornbread of course. Stewed seasoned pinto beans. Spanish rice. Fried tomatilloes. Stewed tomatoes. Chiles rellenos. Hoppin' john and rice. Enchiladas. Stuffed peppers.


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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/13 11:38:54 (permalink)
    Thanks Olth. Yes, the roadfood folks are great for sharing their ideas. About the cones, I have never tried one but it just sounds like a good idea if? they work right. I saw something about chili on a stick somewhere, sounds crazzy but? And yes, some folks like more than one kind of bean, and some like several kinds in their chili.

    Jenn, sounds good! We can call that "Grampa's Chili".

    Mosca, all sunds good, especially your additional list. What to Call Jane's chili? Can we use folks names and recipes? It's a legal issue I guess.
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/13 21:43:53 (permalink)
    PapaJoe,

    It was called Oktoberfest Chili. It was a basic cubed beef chili, no tomatoes, but with those additional spices. It was in the cookbook Chili Madness. I have no idea where that cookbook is now, probably in a box somewhere.

    I would like the idea of a rotating weekly special, something to keep regulars always interested. There are literally THOUSANDS of chili recipes available on the internet. I collected chili recipes for years, since the mid-70s; I had thousands, and my collection is dwarfed by what I found on the internet. I NEVER refer to it any more. Well, except for now, when I was looking for Oktoberfest Chili.

    Here's the best database for chili recipes that I know of. It used to be several thousand, but there was a database failure or something. http://www.g6csy.net/chile/chili.html


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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/14 10:41:34 (permalink)
    Thaks Tom! Yep, the volums of chili recipes is mind boogling, on tha net, in books, here at roadfood. How to choose a few for our chili parlor? Well, that is what this thread is about I guess. To have mamy many different chilis Salas suggested a daily rotating fature. Mosca, you suggested a rotating weekly special. Maybe a "chili cooks special"? Make a big batch and when it's gone, it's gone? The problem I see with this is that if it turnes out real good, folks will want that chili when they come back next time..

    Any comments on my vac seal freezer bag dea? Freeze in portion size bags, heat and serve as ordered, no waste. Maybe freeze in daily use portions, but with lot's of chilis there would still be some waste with this idea. My thought is that chili just gets better after being frozen and thawed. Comments on this, and on how to heat it up when ordered, would be interesting.

    Here is anouther wild idea... give out the recipes for all menu items. Even the rotating specials. If someone makes one of our recipes, and serves it to their friends, what great advertising! Oh, if it turns out good that is.

    Oh, here is a link for Tolberts in Grapevine Tx.

    www.tolbertsrestaurant.com

    Ther menu is worth a look. They also have a store that sells Texas kinda stuff, Tolberts Trading Co. That web site has no info yet. A store for us to sell all kinds of chili things is a good idea, I think.
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/14 13:16:37 (permalink)
    Gotta have holiday chili's too

    like right now would be the perfect time for venison or turkey chili.

    Here's my choices

    Cincy Style
    TX Red
    NM Green
    White

    for sides

    black beans and rice, red beans and rice
    corn bread
    hot rolls
    oyster crackers
    saltines
    french fries
    garlic bread with cheese

    I would make it a (don't kill me folks) buffett style place, where you could sample everything or mix and match.

    Cold Adult Beverages available
    Iced Tea (s & us)
    Pepsi Products
    Milk (cuz some of us like it too durn hot)



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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/14 13:21:42 (permalink)
    a little off topic but chili / chile related

    anybody else subscribe to chile pepper magazine??

    They have a really good turkey chili recipe in this edition.

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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/14 13:26:19 (permalink)
    No CK, but maybe we need to? Oh, can we use your flour tortilla banana fosters recipe in the fantasy chili parlor desert menu?
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/14 14:47:06 (permalink)
    sure thang, it would soothe those scorched tongues

    PJ8 you would love chile pepper magazine

    their website is

    http://www.chilepepper.com

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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/14 15:04:51 (permalink)
    Thanks for the link CK! Shoot, I missed ZestFest 2006 in Ft. Worth! Maybe next year?
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/14 16:49:08 (permalink)
    About the chili to serve. Here is my short list of the famous chilis.
    1. Chasen's L.A. Chili
    Might be the most famous chili ever.
    2. Benny Binion's Chili
    Real Texas chili served at the Horseshoe Casino in L.V.
    3. Shanghai Jimmy's chili rice
    A Dallas instatution for many years.
    4 The Best Cinci Chili - 1 to 5 ways
    Our choice from the town famous for It's chili.
    5. Championship Competition Cook Off Chili
    Many compete but this one's a winner.
    6. New Mexico Green Chili
    A great chili from a great state.
    7. ????

    Now for the maybe not quite so famous chilis.
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/14 17:18:08 (permalink)
    PapaJoe8,

    I think that you could always rotate a special back in, or keep it by popular demand. I think one of the nice things is that our fantasy chili parlor won't be rigid. If folks like stuff, we can accomodate them.

    I definitely like the idea of selling the product frozen in vacuum packed bags, but the recipe thing is a bit much. After all, there are those thousands of recipes on the 'net.


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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/14 17:55:51 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by cajunking

    Gotta have holiday chili's too

    like right now would be the perfect time for venison or turkey chili.

    Here's my choices

    Cincy Style
    TX Red
    NM Green
    White

    for sides

    black beans and rice, red beans and rice
    corn bread
    hot rolls
    oyster crackers
    saltines
    french fries
    garlic bread with cheese

    I would make it a (don't kill me folks) buffett style place, where you could sample everything or mix and match.

    Cold Adult Beverages available
    Iced Tea (s & us)
    Pepsi Products
    Milk (cuz some of us like it too durn hot)




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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/15 08:40:57 (permalink)
    papajoe - I had thought of the food saver approach to individual portions, too, or maybe just ziplock or glad bowls. You could keep the best selling chilis on the stove, at least during meal times. Keep less commonly ordered chilis in the fridge and just ladle out as much as you need to heat up. I'm pretty sure this is the way a lot of places serve it -- I've had lots of bowls that were not heated through in my quest for good restaurant chili in Houston. Keeps the chili from cooking down too much and the meat from overcooking and disintegrating. Infrequently ordered chilis could be kept in the freezer. I've never worked in food service so I have no idea as to the regulations that might affect this, though.

    I've always heard chili improves the next day on reheating and I know that's true. I never try to correct a pot of chili the day it's made unless I'm sure I made a big boo-boo. I just adjust as needed if I'm having a bowl then but wait until the next day to taste it on reheating to see if it really needs anything. Often it does not.

    I've heard chili gets better with freezing but I don't know for sure. I only freeze leftovers and I can never remember what it tasted like before freezing!
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/15 11:55:40 (permalink)
    CK, yes, would be great to have venison chili. Maybe a smoked turkey chili along w/ a chicken chili? Bufett style, interesting idea. I would be afraid there would be to much waste though. A "chili judge sampler" on the menue might be neat I think, maybe a bunch of chilis in small plastic cups. Hmm, maybe those cups could be used if someone wanted to try a sample of a certain chili? Folks will ask for samples I bet.

    Mosca, I had not thought of selling take home frozen chili but... why not. The recipe idea, yur right, zillions on the net. Maybe have ours available in the chili store? I am pretty sure folks will ask for the recipe of a chili they really like.

    Olth, how bout just "chili empanadas". Neat idea! The chili would need to be thick so it didn't run all out when you took a bite. Your rotating ideas sound good. The trick would be keeping chili hot enough but not becoming over cooked. We for sure dont want to serve a bowl that is not good and hot. I did freeze some of my best batch of Benny Binion's chili because I wanted someone else who had ctually tried Benny's to taste it. It was in the freezer for 4 mos. or so. It tasted the same as it did before I froze it, to me anyway. I had pleanty of time to thaw and reheat though. Geting frozen chili ready to serve in a hurry might be hard?

    Did my list of "famous" chilis get em all, no #7? Hmm, maybe Wick Fowler's and Carroll Shelby's? Those ARE kinda famous.
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    RE: Your fantasy chili parlor, what kinds to serve? 2006/11/17 16:27:07 (permalink)
    Olth, didn't you know the chili parlor is to be located in Brooklyn? Hard to get a great bowl of chili there!

    :~)) Just joking but, I have heard of Earl cause he makes some good hot links, but who are those other folks? They must be from somewhere way down south, like Houston?

    We want locations all around the country. It will be a roadfood chain cause we maintain ownership, and the Sterns will review us. Hey, this is fantasy... right?

    I like the local angle though! You could do that wherever. A few famous local folks chili will draw people in, and make the news big time! Bring new local celeb chilis in from time to time. This idea just keeps sounding better and better. Laura Miller's "city hall" chili will be REAL big in Dallas. Oh, there is a kinda famous "dallas jailhouse chili".

    I think Chasen's might be the most famous chili in the world. If not, wonder what is? And, I like the Liz angle, a story about each chili would be neat and get folks talkin. Liz had Chasen's chili flown to wherever she was making a movie. So did some other famous people. Stories about Benny and Jimmy should be on menue when their chilis are served. Oh, and the new book, just out about Benny, will be available in the "Chili Store".

    Surviors of the Wake Island prisoner of war camp will for sure order Jimmy's chili. Oh, well It IS a great WW2 story about Jimmy and the brave men who were at that POW camp! Jimmy's will be the best selling chili at our Cinci, and other Ohio, locations! It's the celery thing about Jimmy's that will make it a great seller there. But, Jimmy's is served chopped and on top, as an option, not cooked in the chili, like some Cinci folks do. We can cook the celery in the Cinci chili we have on the menu. We can have a Cinci w/ and w/o celery I guess. Those Cinci folks will also go wild about having some "Real Texas Chili" served over sketty! Hmmm, maybe not?

    Olth, I knew I would get your comment from someone about Wick and Carroll's chilis. My bet is that folks would order it just to see if we make it better that they do at home. Oh, and we will! And... they will be back for more. If I knew of a place that made things I like, and make at home, and that were as good or better than I make them, I would eat out more often. My other bet is that those two chilis will be the top selling menu items, esecially in Texas. I know, I know, I might be kinda crazzzzy!

    Bricks? They sell those in grocery stores. Lets sell our chili in those vac freezer bags. Cut into business, or a pluss??? hey, I'm not sure?
    Joe
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