We were having lunch at Braum's on the way to Kansas City last week and Rose was talking about how silly it is for people to fight over regional differences in barbecue. We then started thinking of different "American" food that had regional differences worth fighting over ... coleslaw, chowder, chili.
All ecumenism abruptly ended when I mentioned chili with beans.
"No beans," Rose said sharply. "Chili should never have beans and that is it." Proving I suppose that you can take the girl out of Texas but you can't make her put beans in her chili.
Braums is highly recommended thus proving that small regional chains can be very good indeed. Their ice cream is absolutely sinful making Tom remember when Bluebell was local and the family would get cones on their way through Brenham. It is such a good thing that we don't have a Braum's very close by or I'm not sure I could resist the temptation.