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Blue Ash Chili

9565 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, OH - (513) 984-6107
Posted By Dave O'Ball on 4/24/2011 1:32:00 AM
If you're a fan of Cinci chili, you must visit Blue Ash. They are well-staffed and efficient, and service doesn't slow down much during the dinner rush. As for the food, it's probably a toss-up with another parlor as to which one serves the best chili in town, which is pretty high praise considering this is a city where chili parlors outnumber McDonald's.

I had a six-way and thought there was too much stuff going on. A simple three-way is advisable, in my opinion, perhaps with the addition of some hot sauce if you like it a little spicier. The mac and cheese is a really solid entry, prepared in the old-school style. While I've had better, it's well worth ordering. The coneys are probably the best I've had, better than the chains to be sure. Again, a little hot sauce improves things.

If you've never had Cinci chili you need to do one thing before you try it: forget the word chili. It's like no other chili you've had. I liken it to the meat sauce that tops moussaka.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Chili, Cheese Coney
Chocolate malted
double-decker sandwich
Mac and cheese
3 to 5 way chili
Chili Philly
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A beautifully-constructed plate of 5-way chili.  Not shown: oyster crackers as a garnish.
"A beautifully-constructed plate of 5-way chili. Not shown: oyster crackers as a garnish."
Michael Stern





Blue Ash finds interesting ways to use their chili in unexpected ways, such as this chili lasagna, here sided by thick slices of garlic toast.
"Blue Ash finds interesting ways to use their chili in unexpected ways, such as this chili lasagna, here sided by thick slices of garlic toast."
Cliff Strutz


The five ways come in several different sizes, including this smaller portion, which allows you to sample some of the other indigenous foods that Blue Ash Chili offers.
"The five ways come in several different sizes, including this smaller portion, which allows you to sample some of the other indigenous foods that Blue Ash Chili offers."
Cliff Strutz


Like everything else chili related at Blue Ash, the chili cheese coneys are buried underneath a mountain of shredded cheese.
"Like everything else chili related at Blue Ash, the chili cheese coneys are buried underneath a mountain of shredded cheese."
Cliff Strutz


Fries with gravy and cheese, in case your double-decker sandwich or 5-way chili is not enough
"Fries with gravy and cheese, in case your double-decker sandwich or 5-way chili is not enough"
Michael Stern


In a city filled with chili parlor chains (some of which are very, very good), Blue Ash stands out as an independent (that is better than very, very good).
"In a city filled with chili parlor chains (some of which are very, very good), Blue Ash stands out as an independent (that is better than very, very good)."
Michael Stern


The is the way a fully-dressed Coney (hot dog) is presented at Blue Ash:  in a small bowl, buried underneath chili and cheese, not to mention onions and mustard.  We dare anyone to eat this with their hands.  A fork is required!
"The is the way a fully-dressed Coney (hot dog) is presented at Blue Ash: in a small bowl, buried underneath chili and cheese, not to mention onions and mustard. We dare anyone to eat this with their hands. A fork is required!"
Michael Stern


This is relatively modest double-decker sandwich:  hot ham and cheese.  Still, it is a plateful!
"This is relatively modest double-decker sandwich: hot ham and cheese. Still, it is a plateful!"
Michael Stern


Mac and cheese is a solid offering.  B.
"Mac and cheese is a solid offering. B."
Dave O'Ball


A chocolate malted.  Grade: A.
"A chocolate malted. Grade: A."
Dave O'Ball



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