RE: Restaurants in Cincinnati
I'm sure this topic was long since thought dead, but I thought I'd leave my Cincy Chili impressions for future generations.
1. Chili Time in St. Bernard makes a flavorful 3-way and if you're lucky you'll find a pepper in with your chili. Excellent.
2. The Chili Company (various locations) serves a Slaw Dog (cheese coney topped with slaw) which is odd, but also oddly good. They also have a Slaw Way (3-way topped with slaw) and supposedly a 3-way omlette for the breakfast crowd.
3. Pleasant Ridge Chili has a standard menu, but is worth the trip for the different taste.
4. Dixie Chili across the river in Newport, Erlanger, Covington and Independence is the chili I grew up on. It's changed in the years since, and not for the better. Dixie still has a great taste, but the texture leaves something to be desired. They currently serve a SIX-way, which is chili, spaghetti, cheese, onion, beans and fresh garlic. WOW! I've never tried it because it came along too late for my internal organs to have the youthful bent necessary to withstand the assault, but I'd love to give it a try just once.
5. Price Hill Chili is a lot like Pleasant Ridge Chili, but on a different hill. A standard menu, but an interesting take on the Cincy namesake.
6. Skyline Chili is my current favorite because I like the greek salad alongside my 3-way. They're everywhere, and make a great baseline for future experiments.
7. Gold Star Chili is my daughter's favorite, but she hates chili. Okay in a pinch, but you can do better.
8. Empress Chili is what people hate about Cincinnati Chili. It's bland, watery and the servings aren't up to snuff. One redeeming feature is that the store in Wilder, KY occasionally serves a Chili Lasagna that I've never tried, but I have made it at home with canned chili. Great idea.
9. Camp Washington Chili was one of the best, but I have yet to try it in the new store. The old place was a classic Cincy Chili parlor, but it got chewed up when they widened the street it was located on. I haven't been anywhere close to it for years.
I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting, but these are the first nine that come to mind. I've worked third shift for 18 years and have visited many of these in the hours after midnight. Eating chili after midnight gives one a great deal of insight to the product. (IMHO)