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DC Area Chili

Genesee | Jan 7, 2002 10:13 AM

With the weather so lousy, I headed out last weekend to Virginia in search of quality chili. We ended up at Hard Times in Clarendon, about which I had read much and was happy to finally try.

It was a terrible disappointment, chili and more.

The chili --we tried two different kinds-- was loose browned meat plus some oil and seasonings... nothing I would ever classify as actual chili. Our chili nachos appetizer was abominable, with white/pink tomatoes, a a few teaspoons of cheese, about a pound of the Texas "chili" and a cup of cold onion & jalepeno salad, which made it virtually inedible.

Our entrees were as bad or worse. The french fries, I concede, were heavenly. I had heard good things about this place, and was sadly disappointed.

Where can one find great chili in DC? I know and love Ben's Chili Bowl, of course. But there must be more!

I'm talking both meaty and veg/turkey, too. Ben's has killer meat chili, but their vegetarian chili is a real let-down. Who can help me beat these bad-weather blues with a bowl of the authentic stuff I'm looking for? C'mon 'hounds...

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