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I’m not interested in finding the best chili restaurant in Cincinnati. I’m interested in Cincinnatians fighting about who has the best chili.
Calvin Trillin, NYT October 5, 2008
Posted by The Best American Poetry on October 07, 2008 at 09:52 AM in Food and Drink, Spontaneous Aphorisms | Permalink
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In 1979 John Ashbery declared Empress Chili to be the best Cincinnati chili; in the intervening years that company has drastically declined in market share, now numbering only four outlets in the entire metropolitan area. I don't know if John's endorsement had anything to do with that. Most recently (last May), John Koethe declared that the best chili in Cincinnati was served at Camp Washington Chili. Since John A. and John K. are good friends, I would be very surprised if they got into a fight over this. Maybe some heckling from the audience, should one of them attend a reading given by the other, but that's about it.
jim cummins |
October 07, 2008 at 05:09 PM
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