Monday, November 28, 2011

It's A Little Chili Out.....

It was destined to be a quiet "Sunday FunDay".

It was warm enough, but the skies were oh so dreary.

Okay, so the title is in conflict with the story.......sort of.

Sue me and get another blogger.

But I digress. Again.

After three days of "Thanksgiving food", I made a command decision.

I also made a pot of chili.

Let's face it, chili is a great Sunday meal.

It takes one pot.

It is served in one bowl with one spoon.

It is portable, therefore eating in front of the television is no sweat.

Chili endears itself to really cool condiments.

After all, name one other meal where you can mix crushed crackers, minced onions, diced jalapenos, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream together in one bowl.

Chili is awesome.

It is also one of the most subjectively judged foods in America.

To a person, every cook I've met thinks their chili is the best.

In most cases, every one of them is right.

Okay, I like my chili better than anyone else's.

Having said that, I also like other chili's a great deal.

When I'm in Memphis, the Majestic Grille serves chili every Wednesday.

As if I needed ANOTHER reason to eat there.

IN my opinion there are six good reasons to visit and eat at the Majestic Grille.

In no particular order, those reasons are:

1. Everything on the menu. Simply put, it's the best restaurant in Downtown Memphis. Period.
2. The atmosphere. Casual, yet elegant. Come in wearing shorts or a tux. All are welcome.
3. Lisa, the best martini maker in the world. A true martini is high art. She's DaVinci in the field.
4. Patrick and Deni Reilly, chef/owners. They are the best.
5. Marla, Mark, the two Michaels, and the rest of the staff ('cept for one). Outstanding folks.
6. Lauren (the *'cept for one*). She's a goofball, but also a really cool gal. You'll love her.

No surprise then that I step out for their chili on Wednesdays.

Honestly, I could eat chili pretty much every day of the week.

Blues City Cafe and Huey's both serve up mean bowls of chili. I get the chili at Blues City Cafe with two grilled cheese sandwiches (Made on Texas Toast) pretty much every Sunday after "Sunday FunDay" with the gang. I get Huey's chili any time I need to get my "Tamale Fix" on.

Both are superior chili's.

But not to Majestic Grille's chili.

And certainly, not to mine.

Like I said, chili is among the most subjective of foods.

Think I'll indulge myself in some of mine for breakfast.

Breakfast. Gonna add some cheese, jalapenos, and break out the saltines.

Mostly because I can.

Same reason I wear my "Superman" house pants.

Another friend of mine calls them "Ball Scratching Pants".

Either way, they are comfortable morning wear.

Now then, back to my chili.

Until the next time, all y'all take care of yourselves.

Air Traffic Mike, ret.