Texas Chili Queens presents a simple menu with a huge heap of southern kindness and over-the-top dress. Edward Hambleton was born in Austin but raised in Dallas. He spent his twenties in the Big Apple but settled back in Austin to birth his chili slinging alter ego, Edie Eclat.
Edie Eclat has a boisterous personality, gingham apron, pantyhose, heels, a face caked with makeup, and a wig. She's fabulous at making chili and making you smile. She'll welcome you with a loud, "How y'all doin'?" and get right to work on your order.
The menu at Texas Chili Queens is simple, but the experience is anything but that. When Edward fell in love with Frito pie, he knew he had to follow in the footsteps of the original chili queens in San Antonio and open up a food truck with his perfect chili recipe. Thanks to the chili queens at the end of the 19th century, it's now the state dish of Texas.
The original chili queens simmered meat and chilis during the day to sell in the Military Plaza at night, but after food regulations were put in place, they were shut down. Now their story lives on through Edie Eclat and her desire to satiate your appetite with simple variations on your favorite chili ingredients.