See that shimmering, orange liquid floating at the top of the chili? That’s grease. I took this container and drained it for a good minute. Then I drained it some more.
The chili’s from Texas Chili Restaurant in Port Chester, recently opened by a former Pat’s Hubba Hubba employee and located — cue dramatic music — right down the street from Pat’s. I’m guessing there’s going to be some tension between the two, since the menus and chili recipes appear to be almost identical.
The chili is fiery hot (I coughed with surprise after taking the first bite). It was good, but after a while it started to feel one-note; I missed the chunkiness of beans and bell pepper. And the grease, oh the grease.
I reminded myself that some chilis are meant to be eaten on their own, and some are meant to go on top of a hot dog. This is one of them. So that’s what I’d recommend — get it on a dog and you’ll be very satisfied. Then walk down the street to Pat’s and compare the two.
Texas Chili Restaurant
8 S. Main St.
Port Chester, NY