Thursday, April 7, 2011
Gourmet Chili Review
Quest stop 13 took us back to Monmouth Street to another Newport institution, Gourmet Chili. Before going to the chili parlors I usually do some research about where we are going. No place has had such polarizing reviews as Gourmet Chili. People seem to either love it or hate it, so we had no idea what do expect.
The chili was loaded with the flavor of beef and onions. It was also a little sweet. Though not particularly unique or bold in flavor, it was definitely a very good chili recipe. The cheese was a standard cheddar, but perhaps a little better than the average. Two of the three buns were soft and fresh. The third must have been kept too close to the grill because it was a little hard.
The hot dog, mustard, and onions were not much to comment on, but none detracted from the overall product.
This was a standard Cincinnati cheese coney. Though there were no surprises and nothing that particularly stood out about the Gourmet Chili coney, it was still a very good product that I will give a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Gourmet’s chili is on the sweeter side of the spectrum. I do enjoy the stereotypically sweet Cincinnati style chili. I didn’t think Gourmet’s chili was as good as the other sweeter chilies we have tasted (Blue Ash and Pleasant Ridge) but I enjoyed it.
Where Gourmet excelled at in my opinion is the cheese. The cheese had a good flavor, a nice fresh texture and you got a lot of it. After the lackluster cheese at Sam’s Chili, it was very nice to get some high quality cheese. The rest of the coney was average, the buns and hot dogs were fine, nothing to write home about.
While most either love or hate Gourmet, I just liked it. Because of the smoking situation I don’t think I would intentionally return but at the same time if someone were to say, hey let’s go to Gourmet Chili tonight, I would be ok with it. I give Gourmet Chili a 3.5 out of 5.