The most unique chili I have ever had,kinda has a "clove" taste to it,it grew on me the more I ate it.
Not bad stuff,just enough heat to it..
I don't know where you live, but Skyline has a fair amount of locations somewhat nationwide now...
Makes it quite easy to DIY some Coneys at home. :)
It surprised me at first eating it,thought it would have a typical generic chili taste to it.
Very different and very good.
The term "three-way" and "four-way" still cracks me up, though. ;)
The first restaurant opened overlooking the Cincinnati skyline in 1949 with Nicholas Lambrinides' original recipe. Being a greek dish, it has flavors that straight-up chili lovers would consider unusual, the most predominant of which is cinnamon. When prepared, the meat (hamburger) is boiled in water which gives the chili it's thin, watery consistency.
If you can't get to a chili parlor the frozen will do in a pinch, and Gonch's assessment of the canned is correct. But it's hard to duplicate the dishes at home, they use such unique little hotdogs and buns for the cheese coneys, (with onions and mustard-never ketchup- they're called Skyliners) and even the three-way tastes better out than in. There's a special, correct way to eat Skyline, too, and if you're caught twirling your spaghetti you can expect indignant stares from the other customers across the counter!
Skyline, Gold Star, and Empress are three Cincinnati chili brands in the area and beyond. Basically the same, people argue the virtues of each. I'm in the Skyline camp, myself.
I order my three-way "sloppy", Tina. ;)
I really don't even think of it as chili, though, just more of a really tasty meat sauce to go on pasta with a buttload of cheese. It's like comparing a New Haven style pizza to a Chicago style deep-dish. They share ingredients, sure, but completely different animals.
Then again, I'm not a native of the area so who am I to tell everyone it's not chili. :)
The frozen and canned versions of Skyline suck. There is a package of Cincinnati Recipe chili mix that you can make at home...its pretty close to Skyline.
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I've never tried the chili mix for homemade, but once we (foolishly) tried a made-from-scratch recipe. Not as good and a lot of trouble.
Going to have to do a KI trip next year,you guys have me wanting to taste their chili at one of their stores.
Thanks Motor for the comment about the thread.
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I order my three-way "sloppy", Tina. ;)
The inverted three-way is the epitome of gastronomic delight.
Gold Star versus Skyline is how Cincinnatians define themselves. We seniors counter with Empress and Camp Washington.
Is it dinner time yet? :)
I do love the fact that they SMOTHER the stuff in cheese since I am a cheeseaholic. I can really do without the chili, though. ;) I do twirl my spaghetti so I am surprised I haven't been banned from the Skyline's and Gold Stars I have been to. ;)
I am not much of a hot dog person but it's interesting what "toppings" are the most popular around the country. Cinci peeps worship the coneys, which aren't bad. Like I said I love all the shredded cheese they throw on them. In Charleston most people prefer cole slaw and mustard, and that horrible canned "hot dog" chili.
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The cheese is the thing, Tina, and what you do is get your 3way in front of you, turn the oval plate so it runs N-S, not E-W, and give that awesome amount of cheese some time to a little melting. During this time you can strap on your bib, have some Pepsi, and get your little dish of oyster crackers ready for later. (Some crunch em up, some leave em whole. Some find the little hole in the cracker and fill it with a drop or two of Skyline pepper sauce.) Then when it's all melty you start at the end closest to you and with the side of your fork cut straight down through the cheese from the top to the plate. Lift and eat. The cheese miraculously holds the other stuff together so you get everything with every bite and there's no embarrassing twirling. Once you've made some progress toward the other end of the plate you can tip it forward and throw some crackers into the runny chili juice that appears. Eat that mess along with any stray strands of spaghetti that may be left behind. Yum yum yum. On your way out buy an ice cream bar and maybe even a hat, because now you're a fan!
Ok, now, I gotta think of a way to get to one this weekend. Maybe tomorrow while I'm out "running errands".
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