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Price Hill Chili

4920 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH - (513) 471-9507
Posted By Bryan Dove on 6/25/2009 6:26:00 PM
Price Hill Chili was a go-to parlor for me right after getting married. You see, the thing that very nearly ended our nuptials early on was that my wife didn't like Cincy-style chili, while I ate it three times a week as a bachelor!

The strength of Price Hill is the diversity of the menu. The sandwiches in particular are fantastic; the BLT with fried egg is a classic, not to mention the double-deckers! And a note on the chili: it's rich but subdued. The noodles are much thicker and juicier and always remarkably fresh. For this reason I label it a great beginner's chili.

The joint itself has great history and atmosphere. It's located right across from Elder High School making it a mecca for high school football fans. Don't even try getting in on a Friday night in the fall! But the clientele is shockingly friendly, family oriented, and you know the moment you walk in that "regulars" are marked by generations, not years in attendance.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
double-decker sandwich
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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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