Chili in name only
Dateline Kansas City: I've lived here (an expatriate Bostonian) for more than 20 years now, and I've grown to love a lot of KC food (great fried chicken from Stroud's and legendary barbeque), but something I just can't figure out is a place called Dixon's Chili. Here's why: Their main dish is something called "chili" It consists of steam-cooked ground beef, seasoned sparingly with cumin. It is up to you the customer to ask for diced onions and shredded cheese. Nooooooooo there is no sauce in which this stuff is slowly simmered; it is simply steamed au naturel, again with just a smattering of cumin. If you want seasoning, you pour ketchup over it. YET, we eat it, and once in a blue moon I go there myself yet I know not why. Go figure, it's a local institution.