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Old 02-24-2013, 05:47 AM
 
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Cincinnati chili also isn't all that dissimilar to my native Erie's "Greek sauce", a staple at little walk-up food joints and diners all over the city. The base is ground beef and tomato sauce, but the flavorings omit Cincinnati chili's cinnamon, allspice and cocoa. The sauce is served over hot dogs, burgers, fries, and heaven knows what else.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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I recently took note of an increased amount of advertising for Wolf Brand Chili claiming to be the best of Texas. So I bought a few cans at the store. Very disappointing, watery as all get out. I was expecting to tangle with a hearty tex-mex chili. Couldn't tell whether it was from ground beef or not as the meat was too small to identify. And they even were stingy with the beans, and we all know how cheap beans are. The taste was not bad, but it was more like drinking it than spooning it from a bowl.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:48 AM
 
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Several years ago we had a daughter living in Reston Virginia outside of DC. During a visit there she said we are having Cincinnati Chili tonight. She took us to a store in a strip mall. Sure enough they had Cincinnati Style Chili there. It was not a sideline, it was the whole shebang. On the back of the menu there was even a short story about Empress in Cincinnati.

It obviously was not a franchise and I was unable to find out how they ended up there. But it was everything you would find in a Cincinnati chili parlor and not bad, not bad at all. They had everything down pat, including the various ways, the oyster crackers and the hot sauce. Caught me by surprise totally. Don't know whether they are still there since the daughter left the area. The one thing which impressed me was their shredded cheese. This is the item I find most difficult to reproduce by store bought products, don't quite know why.

We have another daughter married to a career Army man. Their main base is Fort Sill in Lawton Oklahoma which is nothing to rave about. They have been stationed in Germany and are currently in Hawaii. Everywhere they go, my daughter introduces the Army locals to two Cincinnati staples - goetta and chili. Most of them have never seen this in their life, but they sure can gobble it down.

We are constantly shipping either Dorsel's Pin Oats to them or one of the Cincinnati Chili spice mixes. She prefers the Skyline canned chili, no beans please we can add them. But when I look at the shipping costs for that kind of weight to either Germany or Hawaii I am enough of a skinflint to say Whoa. I told her we will ship a case of canned Skyline to you for Christmas, which you had better ration for your own use. But there is another package with a few bags of Dorsel's Pin Oats and several packages of Cincinnati Chili Spices which you can use to feed the masses.

The latest photos I got from her was for Super Bowl Sunday, which in Hawaii is still early in the day at game time. They had a house full of Army friends and families all sitting there scarfing down 5-Ways and Coneys like they grew up on it.

If it is good you will recognize it, and the younger you are the more readily you will adapt to it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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Several years ago we had a daughter living in Reston Virginia outside of DC. During a visit there she said we are having Cincinnati Chili tonight. She took us to a store in a strip mall. Sure enough they had Cincinnati Style Chili there. It was not a sideline, it was the whole shebang. On the back of the menu there was even a short story about Empress in Cincinnati.

It obviously was not a franchise and I was unable to find out how they ended up there. But it was everything you would find in a Cincinnati chili parlor and not bad, not bad at all. They had everything down pat, including the various ways, the oyster crackers and the hot sauce. Caught me by surprise totally. Don't know whether they are still there since the daughter left the area. The one thing which impressed me was their shredded cheese. This is the item I find most difficult to reproduce by store bought products, don't quite know why.

We have another daughter married to a career Army man. Their main base is Fort Sill in Lawton Oklahoma which is nothing to rave about. They have been stationed in Germany and are currently in Hawaii. Everywhere they go, my daughter introduces the Army locals to two Cincinnati staples - goetta and chili. Most of them have never seen this in their life, but they sure can gobble it down.

We are constantly shipping either Dorsel's Pin Oats to them or one of the Cincinnati Chili spice mixes. She prefers the Skyline canned chili, no beans please we can add them. But when I look at the shipping costs for that kind of weight to either Germany or Hawaii I am enough of a skinflint to say Whoa. I told her we will ship a case of canned Skyline to you for Christmas, which you had better ration for your own use. But there is another package with a few bags of Dorsel's Pin Oats and several packages of Cincinnati Chili Spices which you can use to feed the masses.

The latest photos I got from her was for Super Bowl Sunday, which in Hawaii is still early in the day at game time. They had a house full of Army friends and families all sitting there scarfing down 5-Ways and Coneys like they grew up on it.

If it is good you will recognize it, and the younger you are the more readily you will adapt to it.
More than a decade ago I started to make my own Cincy Chili at home. At that time my Mother and Grandmother were still alive and I introduced it to them. They actually liked it very much and ate it every time I made it.

Sideline note about Greek food from emigres to our country. Check out the following which is very popular in Rottenchester, NY. I make this also and the sauce is similar to Cincy Chili. This might be a dish that will fly in Cincy as well.

Nick Tahou's Garbage Plate

GarbagePlate.com - Nick Tahou's Hots
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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Check out the following which is very popular in Rottenchester, NY. I make this also and the sauce is similar to Cincy Chili. This might be a dish that will fly in Cincy as well.
This part was too funny:
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Drink as much Genny beer as you can
LOL For me that would be about a half a swig.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:38 AM
 
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This part was too funny:

LOL For me that would be about a half a swig.
Genny Cream Ale is an excellent beer!
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:43 AM
 
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Genny Cream Ale is an excellent beer!
I certainly drank enough of it when I was in college.

Beer and Cincinnati chili, for me, just don't mix. It creates a noxious goo in my stomach.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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kjbrill- great stories about the chili and coneys, thanks for writing that.
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