Ahhh, celery salt in Old Bay!
Many recipes for Cincy chili, floating around the big recipe sites, call for celery or celery salt. Just a dash and not enoughh to taste. It still changes the flavor though. There are 133,000 Googles for celery chili recipe, no ""’s. No guys, we are not talkin Texas Chili here!
Shanghai Jimmy’s (he was form Minnesota) chili rice restaurants in Dallas, and offshoots (is that a word?)in Austin and Tyler, offered chopped celery as one of the optional toppings. That was the only place I know of that had celery. There may have been some celery salt in his chili also, but not enought to taste. He also had the oyster crackers like the northern chili places. There is a good thread here about Jimmy, and one at Dallashistory.org, for anyone who has an interest.