It’s all about the Chili in Cincinnati………..

November 11, 2019 at 3:20 PM | Posted in chili | Leave a comment
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Very good article in the Sunday Edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer, click the link at the bottom of the post to read the entire article. It’s Chili Time!

 

It came in at No. 52 on Deadspin’s ranked list of foods by state. (51 was being hit by a car.) The New York Times was horrified by it. A lot of people who aren’t from Cincinnati –food bloggers, commentators, Yelpers from out of town – don’t like Cincinnati chili. Some of them can be condescending, dismissive and downright mean.

And we don’t care! Although Cincinnati basks in positive attention like being seventh best place for recent college grads, we don’t give a single coney with mustard what they say about our chili. That brick-colored splash that won’t come out of your blouse? That’s a badge of honor. It declares membership in an exclusive club.

Exclusive because Cincinnati is not blind to the weirdness of our chili. It’s not obvious like Buffalo wings or New Orleans gumbo. Anyone can like those! But if anyone can join, it’s not a club. Three-ways, tiny coneys, four-way with onion? Those you have to be born to love or make a conscious effort to see the light.

Chili pulls us together against the world. Anytime you’re eating chili, you know many of your city mates are eating it, too, though you may have nothing else in common with them. At one of my favorite places for a Greek salad and a couple of coneys, the Skyline at Fourth and Sycamore, there are businessmen in suits, ties flung over their shoulder, grabbing lunch. There are also guys who do building maintenance.

From time to time, I’ve thought about proclaiming the best Cincinnati chili. But I’m more interested in the variety: how chili is the same but different all over town. And how each Cincinnatian makes the experience their own. So I spent a few weeks just going to get chili with people at lunch or dinner or later in the evening. We talked about a lot of things. Including chili………
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/dining/2019/11/08/skyline-gold-star-empress-dixie-camp-washington-blue-ash-pleasant-ridge-identities-cincinnati-chili/3929488002/

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