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Feb 3, 2007 11:45 AM

Cincinnati Style 4-Way Chili?

Anyone know a good place in the area to get this?

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  1. I would think that's highly unlikely. Unless, of course, there's a HUGE Cincinnati ex-pat cell clandestinely operating in Boston. In which case, Homeland Security needs to be notified. immediately. Sheesh.....spaghetti in a chili, what a concept. :-)

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    1. re: Harp00n

      My college roommate is from Cincy and she introduced me to the stuff, it's sooo good!

    2. Audubon Circle was menitoned to have it recently

      1. heathermb: I have had the Cinncinnati chilli at varous Skyline outlets. You can only describe it as swill. No matter how many ways you want it.

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        1. re: amortizor

          I don't know the name of place where I first had it, but it was not a chain by any means and it was delicious. Different, to be sure, but delicious!

        2. I've never had real Cincy chili, or even been to that town, but my wife and saw an article and recipe in the Globe about Cincy 5-Way chili a long time ago. We've been making it for years. She makes it better than I do. Over the years she's perfected the recipe and uses mostly whole spices ground in a mill as needed, good quality b-b-q sauce, sharp cheddar cheese, and usually a heartier type of noodle, like rigatoni or penne, instead of spaghetti. Its awesome and we probably have it more often than regular pasta and tomato sauce. A couple years ago, I was driving around Florida, following the Red Sox during spring training, and I noticed a Skyline chili in Fort Meyers. I had to stop and try it and see how my wife's version of Cincy 5-way compared. It was awful. Maybe some of the worst food I've ever eaten. Limp, watery spaghetti with tasteless, gross chili. The onions were OK, I guess, but that's about it. I've always wondered if the original places in the Cincy area are any better, but I really doubt they would be better than the stuff my wife throws together once or twice a month right in our own kitchen.

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          1. re: jpsox

            Hahaha I saw and kept that same recipe and have always thought it was pretty good as well!

            1. re: Chris VR

              Alright, we've got another one.
              What's that?
              No, don't apprehend the suspect yet.
              Perhaps she'll lead us to their lair.
              Yes, tail her but not too closely.
              Listen, just follow the trail of limp noodles, 10/4?

            2. re: jpsox

              Sounds good JP - would you be willing to share the recipe on the Home Cooking board? To orginal OP, I've never seen it in these parts.

              1. re: mohotta

                Sure...give me a day or two and I'll type up the recipe and a few rec'd improvements.

              2. re: jpsox

                JP, I had almost the exact same experience. A buddy of mine mentioned Cincy chili to me and made it for us one night. I liked it so much that I had to get the recipe and have made it a few times since. I didn't think much about this until I happened to find myself in the airport in Cincy with some time to kill and tried some Cincy chili (Gold Star, I think?). It was horrible. Exactly the opposite of what I liked about what I've been making at home: boring, bland, etc vrs complex, unique, etc... So glad to hear that I'm not the only one who had a similar experience.

              3. Strange coincidence, I just had some tonight. Of course I've had to resort to ordering by mail.

                Gold Star:

                I'm vegetarian, so for me it's Gold Star spice packs made with Boca or Morningstar Farms fake hamburger crumble thingies. Comes out just fine. It's best if you make it the night before and let it sit in the fridge a day so the flavors mingle just right.

                good luck!