looking for good chili con carne in t.o.
Chili is one of those dishes that show up on a lot of bar/pub menus. Most of the time it ends up being the standard configuration of ground beef with tomatoes, kidney beans and not much else going on except the blandness.
The Spotted Dick on Bloor St. just east of Yonge has always done a good "standard" version of chili. They serve it with melted cheddar on top and a good helping of thin, crisp tortilla chips. A solid comfort food version. I think the thing they do right is that they start it early giving it time to accumulate some slow cooked flavour.
Last time I was in there, someone had tweaked it. It now has a richer, darker flavour with a nice cumin kick.