Cincinnati Chili

18 MILES | 32 min | by Michael Stern
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Texans, read no further! Cincinnati chili is nothing like a bowl of red. Each serving starts with a bed of well-cooked spaghetti noodles. On top of them goes ground meat sauce that can be a little hot and a little sweet with a distinctive formation of Greek spices. Usually, the sauce is topped with kidney beans, raw onions, and shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese – a total of five layers, leading to the moniker “five-way chili.” It is possible to order four-way (hold the onions) or ask for a hay wagon (hold the beans). Oyster crackers are a customary garnish. All of Cincinnati’s chili parlors supplement their menu with double-decker sandwiches and chili dogs piled up like five-way.

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Price Hill Chili

Price Hill serves such Cincinnati's faves as 5-way chili, Coney Islands, and double-decker sandwiches. A house specialty is a wiener bun -- two dogs in one.

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Camp Washington Chili Parlor

Camp Washington makes the best 5-Way chili in Cincinnati. Open round the clock, it also offers great chili-cheese Coneys and mile-high double-decker sandwiches.

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Blue Ash Chili

Blue Ash is one of Cincinnati, Ohio's great chili parlors, serving bountiful layered plates of 3 to 5 way. Double-deck sandwiches are some of the best in town.