Skyline chili

Cheese Coney 750 calories! LOL

You can get most of Cincy stuff like Montgomery Inn BBQ, SKYLINE, GOLD STAR and others at

The proper way to make the canned chili is to add half a can of water and boil it down.

The absolute best Chili in Cincinnati is Camp Washington Chili. It is not franchised. One store only but I do believe they sell over the net. Skyline, Blah. Its ok but its terrible at KI just as their Larossas Pizza at the park. YUCK!

Chuck, who has a very good (Nearly fat free)Cincy Style CHili recipie. Feeds 4 if anybody wants it? *** Edited 8/23/2008 11:48:09 PM UTC by Charles Nungester***

Hey, everyone! Guess where I went for dinner! All this talk all day- I just couldn't help it. Now I'm stuffed.

2nd mention of Camp Washington chili, here, Chuck, and I've never heard of it. Now my curiosity is peaked. Where exactly is it? I think I'll look it up next time I'm down.

Empress is down to three stores now, but I remember from my college days that it was pretty good.

I've always thought La Rosa's at KI was pretty good for park pizza. I believe they've been at KI since day one, and we usually stop for a slice or two. If I've ever had real LaRosa's it's been so long I can't remember.

Never mind, found it! The corner of Colerain and Hopple. I'll definitely stop, maybe on my way home from Coasterbuzz/Holiday World. Nope, closed Sundays. Ok, on my way down then! I'll get there, thanks for the tip.

Make sure to be packing heat RCMAC. I wouldn't say its the best part of town right there. Never eaten there myself but went to school at UC and drove by it a few times. I like both Skyline and Gold Star myself but I usually end up at skyline more often than the other. Anybody tried the Haberno cheese on their coneys or 3 way's? Adds some nice spice to it and to me that makes it better. They also have something called sky fries where they make the fries fresh and smother it with the cheese. It tastes great when all that cheese melts.
I used to have to go down to Cincy or Columbus for my Skyline. The last couple years, we've had a franchise in Stow (just north of Akron) -- only a couple miles off the Ohio Turnpike via Route 8 for those traveling from out of state. If you've never had it, it truly is worth going out of your way for. Mmmmm. Think I'll go get some righ now!

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It's on account of Skyfries that ketchup made a first time appearance at Skyline. If nobody's looking I'll sneak a little onto my coney.
Colrain and Hopple is perfectly safe. Never a worry Expecially at 3am :)
^^What about Main-Over the Rhine??

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I love when Skyline has the hot cheese in stock, that's heaven on a plate right there. 5 way or go home! BEYEAH!
I make a point of stopping at Skyline in Columbus when I'm visiting and usually buy 8-12 cans to keep in stock, just wish they would franchise it out here in Colorado. Not as good as the real thing, but it keeps me happy between trips.
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RCMAC said: 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!

Elaborate please! :)

By the way, a little off subject, but plate lunch counters (Hawaiian) have popped up all over the West coast lately. It's all about the chili and rice baby! And it has beans. But like Cincy, don't bother arguing whether it is chili or not.

Oh, and they also have chili spaghetti with rice too. Starch-o-rama!

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
Cincinati Old style Emprress Chili.
The ingredients can be expensive but last several months if not longer except for the allspice

1. 2 pds of lean ground sirloin or ground turkey. Brown and strain grease. Either chop it up fine with a fork or use a blender to break up clumps.

2. Put beef in large pot.

3. 1 tsp of cinnamon
4. 1/2 tsp of cummin
5. 2 large onions chopped
6. dash of worchestershire sauce.
7. 1 garlic clove ground or 1 tablespoon of ground garlic
8. 1 tablespoon of chili powder
9. 1/2 tablespoon of ground black pepper
10 1 tablespoon of salt
11 1 6oz can of tomato paste
12. 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
13. 1 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar
14 1 tsp. ground coco
15. 1 quart of water. Thats (3 Cups) I usually put two in the pot and one in the onions when I chop them in the chopper)
16. 1/2 tablespoon of ground allspice
17. 3 whole bay leaves

Bring to moderate boil and boil down to desired texture. We like ours with a little juice but you can take it down more if you like. DO NOT BURN IT, Stir often and lower heat to a simmer once the water is down.

Makes about 4 large three ways over spagghetti topped with a mild cheddar cheese (Shredded) add onions and red beans if you like. If you want it as a fire chili (Add more crushed red pepper) TEX MEX.

BEWARE, Second cooking makes for a very heated spicy experience :)
If you down want that. Add more water and boil it a little.
Chuck *** Edited 8/26/2008 3:18:21 PM UTC by Charles Nungester*** *** Edited 8/26/2008 5:55:35 PM UTC by Charles Nungester***

tigellinus said:^^What about Main-Over the Rhine??

Thats the micro brew area. Relativly ok but you'll have to park away from it and that is not safe. OTR at night, take your chances! NOT ME.

For anyone wanting to grab some Skyline while they are at Kings Island, DONT! Go to the Skyline out side of the park instead. It is right up the street from Kings Island and it is MUCH better than that poor excuse for Skyline they serve in the park.

My order: Large 3-Way Dry, Side of Cheese and a Dr. Pepper.

Okay. I may be speaking/asking out of turn but. Just remember I'm from MN.

I have had Skyline at KI and thought it was good. Nothing to write home about. But rather tastey. Would say it's more like manwich if I had to describe it up here. Did not get alot of beans in my order. I in no way mean to offend. It just wasn't what I would call chilli.

I'm also curious as to why Cincy is know for, of all things, chilli. Is there a story to this? Is it like how buffalo wings were created in Buffalo, NY? Like cheesesteaks in Philly? Deepdish pizza in Chicago? Hotdish in MN?

Off to Wikipedia I go...

*** Edited 8/26/2008 5:28:43 PM UTC by WildThingNative***

Thanks for another great season, VF!

Well the Greeks brought it here in the 1920s but the chili is not greek. The lambridines brothers opened their first Skyline in 1949. Johnny Johnson opened camp Washington Chili some 65 years ago. (He's the only one who knows the recipie and he has it in a safe deposit box with the key with his will in case of his passing.

Gold Star was rather late and is mostly a Jordanian/American owned franchise.

It's a variation on the CONEY ISLAND which is more a con carny paste and Texas Chili which is more chuncky beef. It's certainly not Mexican but you can get Burritos with cincy chili at the franchises here. Theres very little Beef in real mex food.

Like others have said, The Skyline at KI is pathetic, rushed and usually has overcooked speghetti. If you get it at the park, make sure you order it drained or your just getting juice. There is a franchise right across the highway in front of THE BEACH WATERPARE if you want the real deal.

Like I said, you can order that at Or make the recipie I gave. Its pretty darn good and have never had a complaint. Keep some Oyster Crackers for the juices afterward :)

Chuck, who's cut down on his chili eating, expecially Coneys except mainly for my recipie which is about 97 percent fat free. Made with whole wheat speggetti and fat free cheddar its OK to have a big helping every now and then. It will also keep for a week in the fridge so its great for a lunch at work as well.

I was watching the Today show this morning and Carmen Electra was a guest. She mentioned this weekend she'll be going to Kings Island and getting some 3-way Skyline Chili.
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Charles Nungester said: Theres very little Beef in real mex food.

Except for carne asada, lengua, menudo, etc. ;)

Albondigas, chile colorado.... ;)

*** Edited 8/26/2008 6:23:00 PM UTC by janfrederick***

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

GoliathKills said:
I was watching the Today show this morning and Carmen Electra was a guest. She mentioned this weekend she'll be going to Kings Island and getting some 3-way Skyline Chili.

And maybe she and I can share a UDF malt or a Graeter's double-scoop mint chocolate chip waffle cone, or some Big Boy onion rings, or some Larosa's sauage and pepperoni thin crust!? The Cincy food places are pretty much unlimited!!

Good thing I moved right after El Toro opened ;)

Don't forget Gliers Goetta! Product of Covington KY but properly cooked it's awesome!
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GoliathKills said:I was watching the Today show this morning and Carmen Electra was a guest.

Just because there are probably some who aren't aware...
Was a dancer at Kings Island Amusement Park in Ohio.

P.S. Chili comes from Texas and New Mexico...Cincinnati's claim to fame is Procter and Gamble. For cleaning your clothes after spilling the good Texas chili on your shirt. ;)

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