Dew Chilli Parlor (1950’s)

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  1. mramsey680:

    Marcia Pehlman Ramsey
    Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors
    Dallas TX
    214-632-5225
    mramsey680@aol.com

    I can still taste the Fire Brand Chili…that was a classic. When I came to Texas the Texans thought that being from the North that I did not know about hot chili. They could have never stood up to the original Fire Brand.

    MPR

  2. a comment was made about the Dew having Fire Brand chilli.If I’m not mistaken that was the Den chilli parlor on East South Grand that had the fire Brand not the Dew.”I Do miss the Dew”

    • DON RICHARDSON:

      I ALSO ATE AT THE DEN CHILI PARLOR ON E. SOUTH NINTH IN SPRINGFIELD AND THE LADY THAT OWNED IT AT THE TIME STARTED FRANCHISING THE PRODUCT. THE FIRST ONE WAS IN CHAMPAIGN, IL …..I HAVE A LETTER FROM HER GUARANTEEING ME THAT I WOULD HAVE FIRST OPTION AT OPENING A PARLOR IN PEORIA, IL SHOULD I SO DESIRE…DIDN’T HAPPEN BECAUSE SHE SOLD THE BUSINESS AND MOVED TO TEXAS…

  3. Dave:

    Great place – my Dad took me there regularly when I was a kid. I remember a figurine of an old sway-back horse behind the counter with a sign next to it saying something like “if only this old boy had a bowl of Dew chili…”

  4. Mike:

    This is the place my dad took me in the 60’s. I think he went there when he was a kid. Anyway, the chili was great. It had some kind of oil with meat floating in the center of the bowl when served. Wish I had the recipe. It had a creamy type of flavor.

  5. Ray Quick:

    I remember going to the Dew When it was behind the Post Office downtown. My Dad liked what I believe was a Double Header {Chilli plus Tamalies.

  6. Jim Barrett:

    I remember Joe & May who Owned the Dew and Rita who worked there for many years and was the last owner…the Dew pictured was Dew #2 and the Dew mentioned behind the Downtown Post Office was Dew #1….prior to the Dew#2 being built in front of Joe’s house, it was located between Cook and Lawrence on 5Th Street..next to Pontiac Dealer.

  7. Teri:

    I grew up on Dew chilli (plus the tamalies, of course). I know the original recipe is lost to history, but has anyone be able to even come close to the taste?? Would love the recipe!!

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    very popular mix

  9. Jim Barrett essentially has it right. Joe Bockelmann was the principal person. Whether he devised the recipes, I do not know. The couple split up and each took one. I think that Joe took the one on 5th St., a small block north of Cook (? don’t recall St name), because Joe took my friend and I in the basement and showed us, like on a conveyor belt, how he individually sorted the beans. In both places, the chilli was served on flat dishes. What Teri recalls is that when one ordered a “Double Header”, it was served with two small diameter tamales in the center.

    Ray DeFrates produced “Ray’s Chilli”. After I moved to California, they would ship it to me by truck freight, 3 cases at a time. By charging me the wholesale price, the cost per can came out about the retail price with the shipping. This was before UPS and FedEx.

    Ray DeFrates’ brother split off and his canned product was called “Chilli Man”.

    Prior to these, a man named DeCrastos(?)sold chili on the street. M.A. Jones married his daughter.

  10. we are close

  11. Correction on previous comment: The Joe Bockelmann was on the first or second small street SOUTH of Cook on 5th, not north.

    birch smith

  12. Tom Gillespie:

    The “DEW” was great! I worked for Illinois Bell Telephone in the 1960’s and ate there a lot. It seems I always had a ham salad sandwich on white bread with a pickle slice along with my bowl or plate of chilli (Springfield spelling with two ‘L’s). They also had a small cardboard sign saying how many years they’d been in business and updated the same sign each year with a taped-over ‘new’ number!

  13. Ken Burger:

    I remember eating the chilli at both Dew’s and the Den – but does anyone remember the chilli at Schoenle’s tavern on 5th and Madison – also, along with these three outstanding Springfield products stands the equally outstanding chilli of Steak and Shake. Memories.

  14. Sue Harkins Elmore:

    Dew chili – there’ll never be any other like it!!! Too bad the recipe is lost to the ages.

  15. Sue Harkins Elmore:

    You can still order Ray’s chilli. I buy it for my son – who never had the good fortune of tastingn Dew Chilli. He loves it so much he just heats it up and eats!

  16. Jo:

    Double header (chilli and tamale) on a tin plate. Three generations of us ate it at the Dew. Not everybody got the tin plates — you had to ask.

  17. Bob Kunz:

    I recall in the 50s, when my Dad was in the St. John Sanitorium, East of Springfield, near Riverton, for two years being treated for Tuberculosis. I was too young to be allowed to visit him inside the Sanitorium. We would stop by the Dew Chilli Parlor, load up a quart of two of the chilli and take it to him on Sunday night. My Aunts and my Mom would take it inside and I would stand down on the lawn and talk to him through his window on the third floor. Dad ate some and shared with his roommates. Our family did this for two years. I got hooked on chilli then and never got over it. Note that “chili” in Springfield, Il is spelled “C H I L L I” – double “L”.

  18. al young:

    Lived across the street from the Ray’s Chili plant on 13th and Ash. Loved the smell of the chili cooking.

    Raided the dumpster for the “out of date” potatoe chips. Cannot recall the name of the distributor though.

  19. Marge Krell:

    My sister offered to buy the recipe from Rita several years ago, with the idea it would be sold only in Decatur. I think Rita got some of the special ingredients elsewhere. I originally had stipulated she was to cook her chilli for my funeral luncheon. (and, yes, people not from here are always wanting to correct my spelling!!) In recent years, my sister & I, then sometimes my husband & I would eat there weekly. As I recall, my first time there might have been 52+ years ago.

  20. Richard Woodrum:

    Oh my God, this posting brings back soooooo many memories. Both “The Dew” and “The Den” were great. The Dew in the day and The Den at night after “a night out”. I’ve tried to come close to either and have never been successful. There’s chili and then there’s Springfield chilli. Out here in New England there is nothing that is even close.

  21. Priscilla Palmer Sea:

    As Far As I am concerned, Springfield, IL is the “Chilli capital of the world.”

    Priscilla Palmer Seay

  22. E.J.Kienzler II:

    It’ll be nice when the new Dew Chilli Parlor opens-I can taste the great food even as I type this!!

  23. Ken Samonds:

    Here’s the story I was told about the Dew: I was born in 1942. When I was 3-5 years old, my parents wanted some chilli, so the three of us went to the Dew. My Dad offered to go nearby to buy a hamburger for me to eat, but Joe objected, saying that chili was good for kids. “We even put it in babies’ bottles,” he said. So I got my first taste of chilli that evening, and continued to eat it until I left Springfield in the 60s.

    I was told that Joe left the restaurant and the recipe to Rita in his will. I have tried for years to find the recipe,… but I make a pretty good approximation of Dew chilli today after years of experimentation.

  24. Lamar Michael Kruege:

    Wanted to clarify that it was The Den Chili Parlor on S. Grand Ave., owned by Joe Rogers
    that had Grades of heat from Mild to Fire Brand. If you ate 2 bowls of Fire Brand at one sitting,
    you got your name on a plaque. Eventually, they just added a Star next to your name.

  25. Lamar Michael Kruege:

    Last name should be Krueger

  26. Larry McMasters:

    My sister and brotherinlaw met there back in the early fiftees. Delores McMasters and Barney kelly. I use to go with mom and pick my sister up after work.She made or bagged Rays potato chips. Allways bought home big cans of potato chips. They were so good. Barney her boy friend at the time cooked chilli. They married and had 5 kids. sweet memories.

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