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“May not be what you're used to...”
Review of Skyline Chili

Skyline Chili
Ranked #14 of 1,991 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Fast Food
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Takeout
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Cincinnati Chili is a mutation of Texas Style Chili. Created by immigrant Greek families, Cincinnati Style is a beef chili (beans, onions, cheese are add-ons) with a dose of cinnamon, allspice, or both, and a dash of cocoa. Don't order it if you have an irregular heart rhythm or after a night of drinking unless you want to have a jumpy heart or be a wide-awake all night. The caffeine in the cocoa powder can keep you awake.

The cinnamon and allspice flavor is subtle. You can order a three-way (spaghetti, chili, cheese), a four way (add beans) or a five-way (onions on top of everything else). Personally I prefer a four way hold the beans, add onion. A dash of hot sauce and you're ready to go. The Cincinnati style of eating this is to sprinkle the oyster crackers (the one's your waitress brings to your table first thing) and cut the spaghetti with the side of your fork. A skyline spaghetti fork twirler and get the stink eye from true aficionados.

Skyliners are also a Skyline staple. A small hot dog on a bun with chili sauce, a squirt of yellow mustard, onion, and a mound of finely shredded mild cheddar cheese. Only two or three bites, but really good!

They have vegetarian chili but I've not tried it. They also have great gooey good cheese chili fries.

There are some who prefer Gold Star, some who say that Camp Washington Chili is the oldest and the best. I've tried them all and once your olfactory senses are dulled by the spices, one tastes pretty much like another -- at least to the Weary Buckeye

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Deadspin was right, its horrifying diarrhea sludge, if this stuff came out the other end you'd turn white as chalk and call an ambulance !!!!!!!

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Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Talk about a welcome. Mattie welcomed us. She could sense we were first timers. She made us 4 samples of chili Mac. Filled us completely in. Showed us how to eat it. I have never felt so welcomed. I got two coney dogs and chili fries. Mmmmmmm. We even got first timer gift bags complete with York peppermint patties. My family got chili Mac. 5 way. Anyway fantastic time in Cincinnati thanks Mattie. Good luck with your upcoming little one

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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Visited Cincinnati for a service trip and never had Chili before. On the first visit, I ordered the 4 way with onion and it definitely was one of the best meals I've ordered and taste heavenly.. however the onion feels kinda overwhelming. Make it back the next day and ordered the 3 way. Rapid service, Tons of cheese and tolerable spiciness. There's no reason not to try and not to come back !!

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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Cincinnati is known for a variety of eateries. Skyline Chili, is most certainly one of them. Skyline is a totally casual and quick meal. The chili is superior, loaded with tons of cheese. If traveling with children or by yourself, for a quick "pick me up" it is worthy of a taste. You will be surprised, at the variety of selections offered, and the prompt service.

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