"Cincinnati style" Chili
- RacerX Dec 27, 2008 11:34 PM
Just saw this on an episode of Cooks Country and was wondering if any place in So Cal served this regional specialty?
Cincinnati style appears to be a thinner style than what I'm used to seeing and apparently its typically served over a plate of spaghetti with the option of shredded cheese, beans, and/or onions as condiments.
Try Chili John's in Burbank. They do have what you speak of...haven't tried it myself, but the chili is quite good.
2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506
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Chili John's will do the pasta thing, but the problem is that Chili John's is perhaps the worst option in Burbank, which given the Chowhounds' general opinion of Burbank as a dining destination, is really saying something.
It really is the most revolting chili ever. I'd sooner eat Stagg Chili cold out of the can.
Thanks everyone for the heads up on Chili John's - looks like I'll give it a shot. I know its had mixed reviews but I figure I'll take one for the team if I get the opportunity.
And thanks for the heads up on the mail order option Servorg. I did an online order from Lou Malnati's last year to satisfy my curiosity on Chicago style deep dish so I may give Skyline Chili a try...
I spent a decade in Cincinnati and Goldstar/Skyline are one of my must-haves whenever I'm back in the area. It's pretty low brow stuff, but it has a very distinctive flavor and somehow when the cheap and unremarkable ingredients are piled together they are transformed. It is thin and runny, but it's more of a bonding/saturating agent compared to other chilis. I can't imagine eating it by itself. If somebody was halfway smart, they would open a franchise/knockoff out here. Easily 65% of Los Angeles has lived in Ohio, they're just keeping it secret. Not just that, but it's exactly the right kind of cheap, interesting, recession appropriate food for LA. I never acquired a taste for White Castle, but Cincinnati chili is very addictive.
I do a knock off with Trader Joe's supplies. I use the their canned turkey chili to which I add some diced white onion, a little garlic, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, semi sweet chocolate chips and cayenne powder. I serve it on spaghetti, covered with shredded mild cheddar cheese and sprinkled with oyster crackers. A little Cholula sauce for color on top and there you go.