The best bowl of chili in Baltimore
The death of the founder of Ben's Chili Bowl last week reminded me that I had never gotten around to doing a Top 10 on Baltimore chili. As soon as the weather gets cooler, I start getting requests for recommendations, but chili isn't usually served at the restaurants I review.
Other Reviewer Richard did call the chili at Howard Street Delly "terrific" recently. ...
Last January reporter and columnist Susan Reimer asked me to post something so she could get ideas for a food story on chili she was doing. I was surprised at the time that there wasn't a greater response.
There certainly wasn't much discussion of what makes a fabulous chili, or whether it should contain meat or beans to be worthy of the name or be served with cheese. People named restaurants, but for the most part didn't explain why they liked the restaurant's chili so much.
And I was fascinated when Susan's story ran that the chili recipe she printed was from Nancy Longo of Pierpoint, not some scruffy little dive that only aficionados know have great chili.
Here are the restaurant names I collected from the previous post, but it would be nice to know what there was about these chilis that made them so good:
* Nino Taco
* Padonia Station
* Wine Merchant
* Sobo Cafe
* Tambers (actually MD Canon did a great description of this one)
* Joe Squared
* Nacho Mama's (RayRay was very descriptive as well)
* One World Cafe
If you've had any chili from any of these places, tell us what it's like. Or you can nominate a new one.
(Karl Merton Ferron/Sun photographer)