Spoiler alert: Chile Con Queso is not chili with cheese.
I think Abe and I hit our breaking point with SXSW last night. With the Music Festival portion starting, things in Austin are going from bonkers to bananas.
After finishing my final interview, we drive around in traffic, miss a screening, try to get into a few different restaurants, and can’t find parking. So we give up. Finally, since we are starving, we walk straight across the street from our hotel to the only chain restaurant that isn’t in California. Gloria’s Restaurants are all over Texas. It’s Salvadorian cuisine meets TexMex.
When we sit down a huge basket of chips and salsa, plus bean dip is placed in front of us.
I knew I’d wind up eating a lot of them, so I decide to order the Chile Con Queso as my entree, thinking it is a bowl of Beef Chili, with some cheese sprinkled on top. Obviously I don’t know how to spell. Or speak TexMex. (And I’m not as enlightened of a foodie as I think I am.)
Because I sure am shocked when this bowl of melted cheese is set in front of me.
As many of you know, me and cheese aren’t really close friends. I love it, but it doesn’t love me back. So ordering a bowl of this is a definite mistake. Especially the large portion size.
I id up eating about 1/3 of the queso con chile (that’s how I would describe it) and 3/4 of the chips.
Abe is sweet enough to spare half of his Spinach Enchiladas. Which, unfortunately, are also swimming in cheese.
At least there are some greens?!?
Have you ever ordered a dish, picturing something totally different?
Needless to say, I now know what chile con queso is. And so do you!