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4 Dishes to Try at Skyline Chili

Posted January 25, 2013 by Mary Kong-DeVito in Travel

The worst thing about getting stuck in Cincinnati during a snowstorm is the lack of access to good seafood, wine and diamond-encrusted Uggs.  The best thing about getting stuck in Cincinnati during a snowstorm is staying across the street from Cincinnati’s Skyline Chili’s.  Started by Nicholas Lambrinides in 1949, Skyline’s smoky, chocolatey chili is known world-wide.

Skyline is fascinating in its cocoa-cinnamon flavored goodness, saucy in consistency and gritty in a very addictive way.  You can make any dish “extreme with habanero cheese!” but instead, stick to Skyline’s own original-recipe hot sauce which enhances an already great chili. It looks like Tabasco but smoother, more acidic and less spicy.

  • Hiding inside the softest little hot dog bun was a cheese coney ($1.85) light on the mustard and diced onions, but liberal on shredded cheddar.
  • Crispy chili cheese fries ($4.99) had the right amount of wilt when covered in smoky chili and shredded cheese.
  • Thin but flavorful chili barely hung onto slick chili spaghetti ($4.99).  Did I forget to ask for cheese?
  • Forgo all distractions and just order the loaded 5-way chili ($5.99/regular) spaghetti, topped with chili, cheese, onions and red beans.

No matter what vehicle you choose, it only serves to bring the chili and various accoutrements to your mouth.  For the lactose-intolerant, be sure to bring Lactaid..and a cat.

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About the Author

Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.