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Price Hill Chili

4920 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH - (513) 471-9507
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/19/2012 4:58:00 PM
Price Hill chili is distinctive, with a meaty stratum that is not quite as complicated as that served by Camp Washington Chili Parlor, nor as spicy as Gold Star’s and Skyline’s (the city’s two most popular chains). Price Hill’s version is actually rather mellow, easy for taste buds to understand at first bite. Beyond chili, we are particularly fond of this kitchen’s variation of the Coney known as a Wiener Bun: two grilled wieners in one bun, with or without cheese.

A charming family-friendly diner (with a larger cocktail lounge adjacent), Price Hill is open from dawn to late at night and has a full menu of normal sandwiches, hot dinners, salads, and breakfast omelets. The homemade soup of the day, in our experience (Monday chicken noodle and Tuesday beef barley), is fantastic. And there are gigantic goopy cream pies which we’ve never eaten … but need to mention because the first time we dined at Price Hill, about three in the afternoon, a slender, elderly lady sat in a booth near ours and spent an hour eating an entire pie – eight slices – to top off her lunch of five-way chili and a pair of Coneys.

*NOTE: We have been informed by a Cincinnatian who definitely knows her beans about chili and chili parlors that the pie-eating woman is a regular at Price Hill and in fact does NOT eat an entire pie, but only her favorite part -- the topping -- off an entire pie, three times per week.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Five Way Chili
double-decker sandwich
Coney Island
goetta
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Side-view of a classic plate of Cincinnati five-way chili. The crown of shredded cheddar is melting from the heat of the meat layer below.
"Side-view of a classic plate of Cincinnati five-way chili. The crown of shredded cheddar is melting from the heat of the meat layer below."
Michael Stern





Every Cincinnati chili parlor also specializes in double-decker sandwiches. The Hippo is top-of-the-line at Price Hill: ham, beef, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Extra-long toothpicks are essential for holding each half together.
"Every Cincinnati chili parlor also specializes in double-decker sandwiches. The Hippo is top-of-the-line at Price Hill: ham, beef, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Extra-long toothpicks are essential for holding each half together."
Michael Stern


A side dish of goetta. Customarily served at breakfast, goetta is also available at Price Hill in a sandwich any time of day.
"A side dish of goetta. Customarily served at breakfast, goetta is also available at Price Hill in a sandwich any time of day."
Michael Stern


Monday's homemade soup is always chicken-noodle at Price Hill. Wonderful comfort food!
"Monday's homemade soup is always chicken-noodle at Price Hill. Wonderful comfort food!"
Michael Stern


Even with two wieners and covered with cheese, this tiny Coney Island known as a Wiener Bun is so small it is a mere snack.
"Even with two wieners and covered with cheese, this tiny Coney Island known as a Wiener Bun is so small it is a mere snack."
Cliff Strutz


Inside Price Hill. Long hours make this a popular destination eat-place from pre-dawn until near midnight. This photo was taken in the back dining room mid-afternoon between lunch and supper.
"Inside Price Hill. Long hours make this a popular destination eat-place from pre-dawn until near midnight. This photo was taken in the back dining room mid-afternoon between lunch and supper."
Michael Stern


The Hippo is about as tall as it is wide. Here it is shown on good rye toast.
"The Hippo is about as tall as it is wide. Here it is shown on good rye toast."
Michael Stern


A pair of cheese Coneys, at $1.65 each, makes a bargain meal. Word to the wise: mustard is a great unifying flavor for this combo dog.
"A pair of cheese Coneys, at $1.65 each, makes a bargain meal. Word to the wise: mustard is a great unifying flavor for this combo dog."
Michael Stern


There's nothing wrong with the big chains that dominate the chili scene in Cincinnati, but many connoisseurs prefer the independents.
"There's nothing wrong with the big chains that dominate the chili scene in Cincinnati, but many connoisseurs prefer the independents."
Michael Stern



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