Skyline Chili

Normally I won’t blog about food I didn’t like. But as Skyline Chili is the signature dish of Cincinnati, I feel it is my duty.We ordered a Chili Cheese Coney, a bowl of Chili Cheese Fries, and a Skyline 3-Way, which was spaghetti with chili and cheese on it. The dog (I would be scolded for calling it that) was bland, almost as bland as the chili. When we were served, we were shown three piles of cheese, and that’s about all I could taste. The fries were soggy, and the spaghetti slimey, and neither of them had any flavor either.

I won’t say it was bad, because that implies that there was something of substance to the meal. Go if you’re visiting, as a cultural thing it must be tried, but do not mistake it for any kind of delicacy or fine cuisine.P1040386 P1040387 P1040388

3 thoughts on “Skyline Chili

  1. Dan Rabin

    I would have warned you if I could.
    I went to college with a guy from Cincinnati.
    A Cincinnati-style chili place opened in town.
    We went.
    It was as you said.
    I asked my Cincinnati friend how it was.
    He said it was yummy-authentic-gimme-more.
    No wonder all those people drive to Waynesville to get sauerkraut.


  2. johnbeumer

    Dear Greta,
    As someone who lived in Cincinnati for four years, I appreciate your accurate description of Skyline Chili. ( It is pronounced ska-LEAN-eeze by the cognoscenti.) They must have changed cheeze providers since I was there, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to taste that either. Skyline mostly exists to provide sustenance for people who have been out drinking all night and want something hot and colorful to eat on the way home. Pizza serves the same purpose in New York.
    If you want to eat something worthwhile in Cincinnati, go to Graeter’s ice cream, it’s awesome.

    John Beumer



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