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2016/04/07 11:39:47 (permalink)

Cincinnati Chili

I was unable to participate in the April, 2014 Cincinnati Chili Crawl, but I'm finally planning my own version of it. I thought I remembered several reports about it, but can't seem to find them. Does anyone have recommendations for which places to try, or maybe a link to the report? 
 
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    wanderingjew
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/07 11:51:43 (permalink)
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/07 12:25:08 (permalink)
    Thanks for the links!
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/07 21:45:41 (permalink)
    David,
    After going through the entirety of both those linked threads, let me recommend that you not limit your choices to just chili parlors.  Two of the highlight stops for us that weekend had unintentional overlap.  Both Terry's Turf Club and the American Sign Museum feature extraordinary examples of the glory days for creative signage and neon. 
     
    Terry's Turf club serves a pretty good Hamburger too.
     
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/07 22:26:16 (permalink)
    For recommendations........I would say that Camp Washington and Blue Ash had the best.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/08 07:35:00 (permalink)
    lleechef
    For recommendations........I would say that Camp Washington and Blue Ash had the best.

    Disagree. The first one (I'll look up name later) & Blue Ash were best. The others (especially Camp W) were mighty bland.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/08 10:20:01 (permalink)
    The first one was Pleasant Ridge.  Since it was 8AM I had orange juice and MH had coffee.  Can't comment on their chili.  We liked Camp Washington because the spaghetti wasn't cooked to smithereens.
    post edited by lleechef - 2016/04/08 10:21:24
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/09 12:25:26 (permalink)
    lleechef - That's it. Pleasant Ridge had the chili with the most pronounced spice flavor, especially spices usually associated with baking. The rest of the day I was looking for a chili with a similar level of spice (or even more), but they all had pretty much the same Skyline-level of seasoning.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/09 12:46:53 (permalink)
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    lleechef - That's it. Pleasant Ridge had the chili with the most pronounced spice flavor, especially spices usually associated with baking. The rest of the day I was looking for a chili with a similar level of spice (or even more), but they all had pretty much the same Skyline-level of seasoning.




    I've got to disagree. I remember when I was on CAT duty in Cleveland in 2008 I stopped at a Skyline Chili Parlor for a meal, and then on my drive down to visit Mayor Al I stopped at Blue Ash Chili, and  the flavor at Blue Ash was on a totally different higher level than Skyline could ever be. I don't remember many of us being impressed with Pleasant Ridge , It didn't stand out as memorable to me but it wasn't bad, it was fine. I did enjoy Camp Washington and I thought Dixie Chili was too "cinnamony"
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/11 09:46:23 (permalink)
    lleechef
    For recommendations........I would say that Camp Washington and Blue Ash had the best.


    I'm with lleechef on this one.  Blue Ash and Camp Washington in that order.  I'm don't think I have been to Pleasant Ridge.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/11 09:54:14 (permalink)
    Your loss bb. I think you were still in bed after tying one on when the group went there.

    PR is consistently higher rated in the usual food forums.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/11 10:00:13 (permalink)
    JRPfeff
    Your loss bb. I think you were still in bed after tying one on when the group went there.

    PR is consistently higher rated in the usual food forums.

    As a teetotaler, my version of "tying one on" usually consists of ChiTownDiner dragging us kicking and screaming to multiple food stops the night before.  I will make a point to visit Pleasant Ridge next time in town.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/11 10:23:26 (permalink)
    Understood, but I recall you were too sick for pie that morning.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/11 11:13:34 (permalink)
    That part is 100% true. 
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/11 11:27:51 (permalink)
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    Your loss bb. I think you were still in bed after tying one on when the group went there.

    PR is consistently higher rated in the usual food forums.

    As a teetotaler, my version of "tying one on" usually consists of ChiTownDiner dragging us kicking and screaming to multiple food stops the night before.  I will make a point to visit Pleasant Ridge next time in town.




    I resemble that remark!
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/13 15:49:01 (permalink)
    Skyline is okay, but it always makes me feel sick afterwards. Not sure why. I get it in cans here in New Jersey and also visited one of their restaurants.
     
    Blue Ash was excellent!! I went there on recommendation from someone on the forums and definitely wasn't disappointed. Wait, let me take that back.. I was disappointed... in myself.. that I didn't have a second bowl!
     
    I was tired.. it was the end of my vacation.. I had drove from New Jersey to Michigan to Chicago, to Ohio and I was tired and on my way back home. But next time I'd definitely go for more.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/13 16:51:04 (permalink)
    yuppicide
    Skyline is okay, but it always makes me feel sick afterwards. Not sure why. I get it in cans here in New Jersey and also visited one of their restaurants.
     
    Blue Ash was excellent!! I went there on recommendation from someone on the forums and definitely wasn't disappointed. Wait, let me take that back.. I was disappointed... in myself.. that I didn't have a second bowl!
     
    I was tired.. it was the end of my vacation.. I had drove from New Jersey to Michigan to Chicago, to Ohio and I was tired and on my way back home. But next time I'd definitely go for more.

    Interesting. I've eaten at Skyline probably hundreds of times and I have never felt sick afterwards. I'm really looking forward to Blue Ash, as well as the others I'll be trying starting Friday.

    David
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/13 17:28:35 (permalink)
    My favorite is Blue Ash as well
     
    David: I recommend making one of your stop at Price Hill Chili on the west side.  Many westsiders regard it as the best in town.  I'll add that my wife's favorite is Dxie Chili, a small chain with lcoations only find in Northern Kentucky
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/13 17:52:45 (permalink)
    Get a Ham Beef and Egg Double- Decker to-go at Blue Ash Chili for later.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/13 17:53:59 (permalink)
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    My favorite is Blue Ash as well
     
    David: I recommend making one of your stop at Price Hill Chili on the west side.  Many westsiders regard it as the best in town.  I'll add that my wife's favorite is Dxie Chili, a small chain with lcoations only find in Northern Kentucky

     
    Price Hill had a very odd aftertaste when I visited back in 1999. I plan to return in August because it's one of the few chili parlors open on Sunday to see if it was an isolated incident. Chili Time is open on Sundays too but recent reviews have been somewhat horrendous.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/13 18:23:35 (permalink)
    WJ:
     
    keep in mind I am talking about folks who eat there all the time.  For many westsiders, this is their family fave, not just for chili, but as a restaurant.
     
    I don't recommend the chili at Chili Time
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2016/04/13 19:44:04 (permalink)
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    WJ:
     
    keep in mind I am talking about folks who eat there all the time.  For many westsiders, this is their family fave, not just for chili, but as a restaurant.
     
    I don't recommend the chili at Chili Time



    I've seen that Price Hill has gotten good reviews on various chili crawls on line. It's been a long time since I was there and I was only there once so I will give it a second shot, honestly if my visit didn't happen to fall on Sunday, Blue Ash would have been my choice without hesitating to think otherwise.
     
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2017/01/15 15:03:00 (permalink)

     
    Another hour to go.
     
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2017/01/15 15:33:16 (permalink)
    Looks good
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2017/01/15 15:35:52 (permalink)
    23 posts without a "it's not really chili".
     
    I'm impressed. 
     
    I used to really like Empress, and there's still a few around the tri-state, but I had it a few years ago and wasn't overly impressed.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2017/01/30 00:10:51 (permalink)
    Bonk- The western hills empress is ok, but Howie' s Diner in Lawrenceburg serves the old recipe and it is good.
     
    TJ - I totally agree about Chilitime, that is why I never included it in either crawl.
     
    Looking back, I was starting to get sick from Renal Disease, and my mom had passed weeks before the last crawl.  So my heart wasn't truly into it.  I got sick from pleasant ridges chili, and the rest of the day was down hill from there.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2017/02/07 10:31:10 (permalink)
    Is Chili Time still open? I remember eating there when I was a kid all the time but then they closed down I thought.
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2017/02/07 10:52:51 (permalink)
    Chili Time is indeed still open
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    Re: Cincinnati Chili 2017/02/07 11:14:56 (permalink)
    Glad this thread got resurrected. When I re-visited Price Hill Chili last summer after a 17 year absence, I finally was able to pinpoint that "odd" aftertaste which actually wasn't quite so odd to me anymore. It was nutmeg. I'm not sure if the other chili parlors use allspice or cinnamon, but this was clearly the most "nutmeggy" Cincinnati Chili I've ever tasted.
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