Ted's Coney Island on Ingersoll broke away from the original recipe with a more peppery chili. Also you can get your coney in a basket brimming with onion rings, fries and cole slaw [see blog post]. All good stuff, but the vibe inside feels more like an antiseptic chain eatery than a neighborhood chili joint.
Which brings me to George The Chili King off the corner of Hickman and Merle Hay Roads. What this joint lacks in Ted's faux suburban modernity and Jim's ice-cold bottles of Bud more than makes up with good food that is very, very bad for you.
George's chili is akin to Ted's, but with more a greasy mouthfeel. I wish I could tell you what the seasonings were in this brown gravy goo. Even if I did knew, I'd likely end up in the next batch of chili before I could divulge any secrets.
|Photos from the Picasa Web Albums: Des Moines area chili joints|