Born in OKC
Excerpts from a post I made in the Cincinnati chili thread recently after returning from Naples Florida and visiting the Skyline location and other restaurants there.
I have to say, up front, that my "milk chili" was Southwestern, or Texan (see my posts under Shanghai Jimmy’s Chili Rice) but I’ll try a dish of something with the same name in other places. I’ve never been to Cincinatti and if I go I certainly have the names of several well regarded chili places to try there, and I will.
But I was going to talk about … the Skyline version in particular. My impression of the the "three-way," I guess it was, spaghetti, cheese, and onions is that it is more like an Italian dish than anything else. Some one else … mentioned a spagheti and meat sauce dish. Also, the copius amount of cheese entirely overwhelmed the chili – and I like cheese. Worst, the cheese and the seasoning in the chili, the "Greek" spices, do not go together – and I like Greek dishes. If I had gotten it with beans that would have added kidney beans I think, and again, that’s different than what I grew up with.
I’d also comment that it is more of a bowl of brown than a bowl of red, again because of the Greek seasonings, I think.
In fairness, I’d have to say I have tried Skyline canned chili and did not have all of the same objections. One of these days I’ll try their frozen and see how that goes. But next time I try the fresh product I’ll get just a plain bowkl of chili with onions and maybe cheese on the side. If I add a lot of hot sauce that might be a better bowl of chili for someone with Southwestern tastes.
If and when I get to Concinnatti I will try the chili at three or two places there, at least. But for the moment, in Naples, Florida, the chili at Pastrami Dan’s (made by "Dan’s" mother) beats Skykine by a wide margin.
In closing, I ‘d note that Pastrami Dan’s is right up the street (Highway 41) and is a great roadfood place. Limited menu of pastrami and roast beef sandwiches and hot dogs and chili dogs and bowls of chili. Good food to drink a beer with – which they have. Unless you are already a Skyline fan, get your chili at Pastrami Dan’s, especially if you grew eating a bowl of red.