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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