I was fortunate to live in one of the rare places outside of the OH/KY/IN axis that served "Cincinnati Chili". Gold Star made a run at the Denver market and opened a spot in the Tech Center. I had no idea there was an entire culture surrounding this unknown food (to me). As luck would have it, we had a new employee from the Cincinnati area (hi spamlamb!) who explained to me there is more to this than "just another fast food". After a few visits and coaching, I was hooked for life. A bad thing since the Gold Star folded (I’ll save for another post).
Anyhoo – I finally made it to the Cincinnati area last year and tried both thwe legendary Skyline (in Norwood – was told to stick close to the city center. I also had Skyline in Columbus and didn’t notice a difference) and Dixie Chili (Erlanger, KY). Both were outstanding! So now the big question:
Next time I happen to be in the area, what is the best couple of places to try: Empress Chili, Camp Washington Chili, Pleasant Ridge Chili, US Chili, Chili Time, Blue Ash Chili, others?????