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Blue Ash Chili

9565 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, OH - (513) 984-6107
As the name suggests, Blue Ash is a chili parlor; and it is a great chili parlor, among the elite in a city where chili is a passion. A layered plate of 3 to 5 way is a beautiful thing. The chili meat is dark and resonant, not too spicy but with complex character; and the spaghetti noodles are always fork-friendly: not too long, and squiggly enough that they stay on the tines of a fork with virtually no slippage.
88% Approval Rating (17 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Chili, Cheese Coney
Chili Lasagna
double-decker sandwich
Mac and cheese
3 to 5 way chili
Chili Philly
Chocolate malted

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
" As the name suggests, Blue Ash is a chili parlor; and it is a great chili parlor, among the elite in a city where chili is a passion. The way it works in greater Cincinnati is that you build your plate, according to the layers you like. It is, for instance, ..."   [Read More]
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Dave O'Ball - Photos (6)
April 24, 2011
"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 ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

9565 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, OH
(513) 984-6107

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
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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