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No chili on the chili dog

I’ve often wondered why some people or businesses even bother trying. If you are going to do something, or make something, and ask other people to pay you for it, do it with at least some degree of effort and pride. If you own a hotel, have clean sheets, if you run a coffee shop, make a decent cup of coffee (or offer free wifi), and if you sell chili dogs, make them with fucking chili.

I am generally quite pleased with the sandwiches, service, prices and coffee at Victory Café in Asagaya. So it was with some quiet rage and disappointment that I tried their chili dog for the first time last Monday.

A chili dog basically requires three things: a bun, a wiener, and chili. Simple. An effort to master but also a tough one to screw up. But Victory Café did an exceptional job of the latter. Their chili dog process is somewhat like this:

Wiener? Check.
Bun? Check.
Spicy ketchup with onion bits? Che-… Wait. What did you just say?

I’ve had some fairly mediocre chili dogs in my life. This can be due to bland chili, too many beans chili, or not enough chili. But they’ve all had one thing in common: chili.

Dear Victory Café: please rename your chili dog to spicy ketchup dog.