I got hungry this afternoon and drove to Rainbow Drive-In for a cup of chili rice. Now I know this picture doesn’t look like much, heck, it doesn’t even look good. But don’t trust the picture! Cause the chili rice was so ono! Zippy’s has my chili standard since forever, I used to love Zippys. So did my entire family. And everyone else I knew. But then the quality of food started to fall and prices went up, and Zippy’s became…not so good anymore. But I still like their chili, especially with onions and cheese, a big scoop of rice and some soda crackers on the side. But this bowl from Rainbow’s is a close competitor. The Rainbow’s chili is less chunky than Zippy’s, all the more better for soaking into a mound of steaming rice. For cracker dipping, perhaps not so useful.
Flavorwise though, they’ve got less zest and heft, and also a smaller bean to meat ratio for you bean haters. But I don’t know why you would hate beans. While we’re on the subject of chili, what I’ll never understand is how people on the mainland eat chili as if it were soup. Since when did chili become soup?? I went to a diner in Claremont once and asked for chili. And I got chili. Realizing that it doesn’t automatically come with rice, I asked for rice. And then I got rice that doesn’t stick together. So instead of bursting into tears I ordered toast. And had toast and chili. And then I started to wish I were back home in Hawaii. Sheesh. Now I’m craving chili again. I just might have to walk back for another bowl!
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