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Cincinnati Chili

We're staying at the HI Express in Blue Ash. We've been recommended Blue Ash and Skyline Chili's. Which is better and more convenient??
I'm looking to get a 5 way and be a rootin' tootin' Reds fan that night!!
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DT

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  1. Both will be convenient as Blue Ash Chili is obviously in Blue Ash and there is a Skyline on practically every corner in Cincinnati. Skyline is better known since there are so many, but Blue Ash Chili is great as well - it has been here as long as I've lived here which is over twenty years. Now if you have a big appetite and want to try both, you could get a regular 5 way at Blue Ash Chili pregame and then get a coney from Skyline at the game as they have Skyline concessions at the ballpark!

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    1. re: cincinnatilisa

      Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!!!
      I think we have a winner.

      Thanks
      DT

      1. re: Davwud

        Or, at the very least, a wiener.

    2. You want Blue Ash Chili. Make sure you get at least one cheese coney. They also have make arguably the best double deckers in the city

      1. Don't know if you are interested, but Marx Bagels is just down the street from Blue Ash Chili and they make an AWESOME tuna salad bagel sandwich. Fun atmosphere as well.

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        1. re: cincinnatilisa

          Since my wife won't eat meat on Fridays, I may have to check that out.

          Thanks
          DT

          1. re: Davwud

            Marx bagels are the BEST i have ever had in MANY cities I've lived in. Love them. The service (intentionally - it's schtick or something) is bad but get some bagels! I went to hs right there and spent a lot of time at Marx. Also love Blue Ash chili (they're right - get a double decker too) and Skyline as well. Personally I don't like Gold Star but it's all preference. Have fun!

        2. The primary competitor to Skyline in Cincinnati is Gold Star Chili, and they offer a vegetarian version of their chili as well as a few other non-meat options

          Like Skyline, Gold Star locations are all over Cincinnati, very easy to find

          Check it out

          http://www.goldstarchili.com/pdf/dine...

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          1. re: TJ Jackson

            Skyline has a vegetarian version as well. I enjoy it in a burrito.

            1. re: TJ Jackson

              Not sure where to post this...but i lived in Columbus Ohio and love skyline chili and crave it constantly. I am not in L.A. area and would like to try to replicate the chili and open a business- my biggest problem is finding the small hot dogs buns and weiners. Can anyone help me with a supplier.

              Thanks so much

              1. re: Bev Stone

                If memory serves from my days working there, Skyline gets theirs from Bluegrass Meats.

                That said, more than one person has praised the links Gold Star uses. Of those surveyed, none of them actually enjoy Gold Star's chili so I take from that worthwhile praise.

                I don't know the source for buns but my guess is Klosterman Bakery in Cincinnati. Look them up online. If they don't carry them, they can tell you where to find them.

                The buns are held in a steam try to soften and warm. Don't skip this crucial step! Not sure how to replicate that at home, maybea steamer basket over very warm (not boiling!) water?

                1. re: Bev Stone

                  First off, if you really want to open a restaurant, you should easily be able to contract a bakery to make the dog buns.
                  Another option would be to make a full size dog and then cut it in half before pouring the chili on it.

                  Secondly, the same could apply to the dogs. Just go to a local butcher or two and see about a special order.

                  Thirdly, I'm sure you could contact Skyline and franchise.

                  DT

                  1. re: Davwud

                    While all this is true, there's nothing like the real thing.

              2. OK, this is probably sacriligious to ask - but here it goes anyway - do any of these places make a beanless chili? We're heading to Cinncinati soon and while I want to try a Cinncinati speciality, I don't do beans.

                Thanks,
                Kris

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                1. re: kroppinkris

                  You're in luck. The beans in Cincinnati chili are an option, not a standard. The "3-way" is spaghetti, chili, and cheese (top with oyster crackers if desired); for a 4-way add either onions or beans, and for a 5-way add both (the acme of chili experience IMHO).

                  1. re: Jim M

                    Confirmed. Standard cincinnati style chili is meat, spices, and water. No beans. Beans are added seperately.

                    That said, some chili purveyors in Cincinnati have - in addition to and NOT in place of the standard chili - a chili that either includes beans or a chili in which beans are used in place of meat for a vegetarian meal.

                    1. re: TJ Jackson

                      We will definitely track down some Cinncinati chili on our visit then and I'll definitely have it "3 way"!

                      Thanks

                    2. re: Jim M

                      I was always a fan of the three-way and the cheese coney during my Cincinnati years, but I have always wondered:

                      How do you order if you want chili, spaghetti, cheese, and beans, but NO onions? This is not a four-way ( a four-way would have onions but no beans).