Posts Tagged ‘chili’

In Detroit, “Coney Island” means something a little different than it does in New York and I just read all about it on Wikipeidia. Detroit chili is where it’s at, and that’s essentially what a Coney dog is – a hot dog with all-meat chili. And mustard. And onions, but I usually get mine without. Oh man.

In downtown Detroit, there are two famous Coney Islands – Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island, and it used to be just one coney owned by two brothers until there was a tiff and they split.

I’ve always gone to Lafayette with my dad and we went directly there after he picked me up from the airport last week when I came home for Thanksgiving.

Coney Islands are super divey and super cheap. At Lafayette, my Dad and I got two Coney dogs (my dad’s a loose burger which means it has even more meat), chili fries and a soda all for $9. Dinner for nine dollars!

And then a funny thing happened. I left my scarf behind – my most favorite scarf that I bought in Hong Kong about five years ago (um, wow time flies). So we had to go back. Luckily we were headed to downtown Detroit the following day for the Lions Thanksgiving Day game, and we were with my uncle and he decided since we’d never actually had American Coney Island, we’d get that to go as a Thanksgiving appetizer.

That’s my Uncle Doug and look at the smile on his face.

Happy Thanksgiving to me!

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If you need some food after the bar in New York, I can give you a million suggestions (chicken and rice at 53rd and 6th, for one). But after the bar in D.C.? I wasn’t so sure.


Ben’s Chili Bowl, people. Apparently this is the spot to be because everyone and their brother’s second cousin was there. They had a bouncer managing the line outside. Insanity. Which is why I tweeted this picture:

I mean do you SEE this? The line wraps around itself!

So many people in line for chili. Chili half-smokes, chili dogs, chili fries, chili hamburgers… There’s a ton of other stuff on their menu too, but who cares? Obviously it’s about the chili!

This is only half of what we ordered. Sure, there were five of us, but we ordered a LOT and after I took this picture, they brought us the rest.

There was a big picture of Obama on one of the walls from when he was here, I have no idea why I didn’t take a picture of it. Ben (my friend Ben, not Ben’s Chili Bowl Ben) told us it was right after the inauguration and a little bit of a big deal.

Anyway, if you’re wondering, the chili had a nice kick and was definitely worth the wait. And of course we ate it ALL because 3/5 of us were boys and you know how they do. Seriously, I love people who know how to eat. :)

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lunch time

I went to Curly’s Lunch on Sunday with a couple of my friends after the retreat. I just love this place. They have so many options and it’s all vegetarian! We got nachos with grilled veggies, stuffed eggplant and vegetarian chili. It was all good. This was actually only my second time there, which is odd considering how often I’m in the neighborhood (Union Square).


The place is tiny but we got there early enough to get a table. You can draw on the place mats and they use them for decoration. Some were really cute with ponies and sunshine and others were totally funky. Maybe I’ll draw one one day.

elizabeth what

Elizabeth couldn’t stop laughing when I was trying to take a picture of her in front. I asked her why she was laughing and she was like, “Cause I’m not a tourist!”

You know we all are a little bit sometimes. :)

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