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Joe Rogers Original Recipe Chili Parlor

820 S. 9th St., Springfield, IL - (217) 522-3722
Posted By Michael Stern on February 13, 2009 1:07 PM
Perhaps the strangest thing about Joe Rogers is that it spells chili the normal way. In Springfield, Illinois, at least as far as chili is concerned, normal is abnormal. In 1993, when the state legislature formally declared the downstate Capital to be the "Chilli Capitol of the Civilized Universe," it purposely used the rare double-L spelling of the word, which was ordained by force of Senate resolution.

Matters of style aside, Springfield chili, as made at Joe Rogers, is pretty wild stuff, definitely not for the fastidious epicure. The cooked ground beef, which resembles loosemeats, comes virtually swimming in grease -- known slightly more politely as hot oil -- and is almost always accompanied by beans. It is possible to ask for the oil to be skimmed off when you order a bowl, but that would negate the purpose of the little oyster crackers that come alongside. They are a nice sponge for the oil, sopping up its chili pepper zest.

Speaking of zest, this stuff is available in six different degrees of it: Mild, Medium, Medium-Touch, Medium-Hot, Hot and Firebrand, that last one known as the J.R. Special. If you eat a bowl of Firebrand, your name will be inscribed on the Joe Rogers honor roll, posted on the restaurant wall, so that your survivors can come and salute your daredevil spirit. Frankly, I never have tried Firebrand, but Hot was plenty, plenty spicy for me. Too spicy, I dare say.
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Posted By Terry Hasek on July 5, 2013 1:31 AM
If you like grease, you will love this place. Might be the worst chili I have ever eaten...with or without beans.
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Posted By T Fujii on March 19, 2013 12:29 PM
OK, so this chili may not be for those who want light, healthful food. If you did, you probably wouldn't be on this website. If you're a fan of rich, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food, this is the place for you!

Spice is not this chili's only distinguishing factor. We order it mild because we're fans of flavor but not heat. This stuff is its own unique thing, very Midwestern, very old school. It deceptively grows on you, to the point where you'll be surprised to find yourself thinking about it and craving it. It's not Springfield, IL without eating Springfield-style chili, and Joe Rogers is the place to do it.
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Posted By Alicia Jones on March 8, 2013 2:30 PM
This was honestly the worst place I could have eaten at in Springfield. The service was pathetic and I overheard the workers spewing terrible language and insults among themselves about the customers, and they spent too much time on their phones. On top of that, my order was incorrect and, when it was finally given to me, the grease made the food unbearable.

I truly wish I could give no stars at all. The service is terrible, the owners are terrible, the food is terrible. As a warning to all who consider going here: DON'T.
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Posted By Dr. Dan on October 1, 2012 5:15 PM
I saw this restaurant recently on the cooking channel. I was so excited to travel to Springfield to taste this wonderful chili. What an experience!

The chili was hot alright, but that was all. There was no flavor, only beans, hamburger, and grease. No spice except crushed red pepper. No tomato base, no onion, no garlic, no chili powder. Just bland hamburger, bland beans, and grease.

We had a party of five. None of us will ever go here again. Sorry, I forgot to mention the oyster crackers that you can add to the concoction. My vote is a thumbs down.
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