Walt’s Chili @ Carnation Cafe

Price: $7.00

When: April 17, 2016, 4 PM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Recommended

Our recent review of Carnation Cafe’s Classic Malts was, apparently, persuasive. On our very next trip to the park, friends were insisting on trying one for themselves. Off to Carnation we go.

Of course, being good, responsible adults, we also had to have a bit of food. Respectability, you know. Can’t be seen just ordering the sweet stuff.

Despite my repeated talking-up of the Fried Pickles, we went with Walt’s Chili. (Something about “Fried Pickles” and “Classic Malt” didn’t seem to gel with my peeps.)

This is an attractive dish. Served in a small cup, the chili is topped with shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and some diced tomatoes.

The chili is more of a chili stew – a tad on the watery side – which surprised me. That said, the more I ate, the more impressed I was with the medley of flavors going on. Carnation didn’t go overboard in any one direction – spice level, meat, beans – but each ingredient is present, high quality, and doing its job. This is clearly housemade, and not coming out of a can. Major props for that.

I liked this. The table did, too. Definite recommend.