MU didn't make the Final Four but a Marquette insitution did: help make Real Chili a national champ
The steamed up windows.
The unforgiving florescent ambiance.
Is there anything like Real Chili?
The Marquette institution is in the championship round of the Cooking Channel's "Best College Eats" competition with voting to end late Friday afternoon. Real Chili is up against a BBQ joint on the Baylor University campus in Waco, Texas. I'm sure it's a fine outpost for brisket and such, but this is a chance for all of us to help a Milwaukee legend get much-deserved national props.
Vote here. As of Friday morning, it was neck and neck.
The Real Chili website says they've been proudly preventing hangovers since 1931--that's when the first incarnation opened in a Jesuit residence hall basement near 14th and Wisconsin. There are two today, both on Wells: one, at 419 East and the other, of course, smack-dab in the middle of the MU campus between 16th and 17th streets. That's the one my son, the MU student, and I hit on occasion. I've been on the dietary straight and narrow for months now since my daughter's wedding, but Real Chili is an occasional indulgence (that, and a Benji's turkey Reuben with a bowl of matzo).
It's been less than a week since Marquette lost badly to Syracuse en route to college basketball's Final Four. There's no shame in making it to the Elite 8, but wouldn't it be sweet for another MU institution to win a title?
It's Friday, but Lent is over. Might be time for a Marquette Special, right after a few more trips to the Cooking Channel website.