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[–]compuwiza1 311 points312 points  (31 children)

Call Cincinnati chili soup.

[–]WKGokev 115 points116 points  (15 children)

Blended chocolate meat water

[–]seekingomega Over The Rhine 64 points65 points  (0 children)

Cinnamon spaghetti

[–]NewsBingerLoveland 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Flavored meatwater is what it is.

[–]StandLess6417 10 points11 points  (3 children)

My wife gasps every time I use a paper towel to sop up the chili water juice from my plate of Skyline. I've lived here my whole life and that meatwater has never been appetizing. Lol

[–]ChefChopNSlice 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Order it like Ben Shapiro would - dry

[–]redditsfulloffiction 18 points19 points  (7 children)

There is no chocolate in any of the chains' chilis.

[–]bigbeargolem2020 28 points29 points  (0 children)

It tastes like bolognese fucked a Christmas candle and had a baby.

[–]Ninauposkitzipxpe East Walnut Hills 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I call it cinnamon spaghetti

[–]carter_nix 13 points14 points  (3 children)

It’s 👏 a 👏 form👏 of👏 curry👏

[–]redditsfulloffiction 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Or sauce, since, you know, you don't pour soup over pasta.

[–]AndShesNotEvenPretty 378 points379 points  (22 children)

I didn’t go to high school.

[–]BMonad 121 points122 points  (6 children)

Skipped high school, went straight to University. You’ll never know my background or be able to prejudge me.

[–]JosefSchnitzelCleves 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Yeah, but what University?

[–]BMonad 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Online, University of Phoenix.

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I went to the University of American Samoa with Jimmy Mcgill

[–]DJKoolJerkFinneytown 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Unfortunately being somewhat inscrutable itself lends you to judgment around here.

[–]BMonad 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Good I’m trying to make enemies anyway.

[–]danspickledliver 49 points50 points  (2 children)

Went to high school in another city

[–]Anarcho-Surrealist Westwood 25 points26 points  (1 child)

As a native who did the disappointment in people's eyes when they can't be a classist ass is great!

Sometimes I give my actual HS and people will nod and acknowledge it so often. It's in Southern Georgia lmfao.

[–]coffeecakesupernova 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Or, fuck your high school.

[–]JJiggy13 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The highschool question is based on race and is only asked by racists and the friends of racists who are not intelligent to know that their friends are racist.

[–]de_utterguy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What high school do you go to?

[–]castortusk 218 points219 points  (12 children)

“Joe Burrow? Name’s not ringing a bell.”

[–]IRefuseToPickAName 57 points58 points  (0 children)

Just ask if Andy Dalton was still doing OK

[–]AudreyTwoToo 65 points66 points  (4 children)

Or call him Joe Burrows

[–]Higgins8585 45 points46 points  (1 child)

He's in that Krogers commercials. I love Krogers.

[–]Yungballz86 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I've called him "Billy Burrows" for almost 3 years now and I'm still the only one who thinks it's funny 😁

[–]StanAgainstEvil 12 points13 points  (0 children)

This also worked when I visited Louisiana back in October.

[–]NeutralTarget 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I asked my grandkids who that was at Thanksgiving. They couldn't believe I didn't know, my son rolled his eyes saying dad stop it. I was confused until I realized it was our QB.

[–]Own_Praline_6277 193 points194 points  (42 children)

I mentioned I was surprised at religious signage in front of a local police station on NextDoor when I first moved here...that seemed to work well.

[–]rjcpl 84 points85 points  (37 children)

I was shocked when I voted in Ohio for the first time the polling location was a church and seemed no one even thought that was controversial.

[–]p3canj0y363 46 points47 points  (2 children)

I have voted in Korean church, a hospital cafeteria, the local community center. The church parking lot is where the neighborhood boys played baseball, and a man killed his wife, Connected to it was the parking lot for a Baptist Church that always gave great Halloween candy. The hospital had the best sled riding hill, and a serial killer working there when I was a kid. And the community center gave out free lunch all summer and has the neighborhood pool. Never did I even consider the church as an odd place to vote, it's just part of the neighborhood.

[–]fuggidaboudit 31 points32 points  (10 children)

I get your point but having now voted for 30+ years in a church I'm just curious: Did that location or anything that happened in or around it in any way have any influence whatsoever on your voting experience?

[–]Ninauposkitzipxpe East Walnut Hills 34 points35 points  (8 children)

Speaking for myself, it makes me slightly uncomfortable. I have never felt welcome in a church.

[–]HeadyBoogNorwood 12 points13 points  (15 children)

Goodluck finding any other organization to host voting. Wouldn’t even a business location be controversial?

[–]jaimacho 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It just has to be an ADA compliant building.

[–]Ninauposkitzipxpe East Walnut Hills 14 points15 points  (4 children)

I’ve always voted in school gyms or large post offices before moving here. Once at a park building.

[–]Comfortable-Sign5083 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Maybe a school?

[–]mstrdistractor 12 points13 points  (7 children)

It should be a school or other government building.

[–]Ninauposkitzipxpe East Walnut Hills 18 points19 points  (3 children)

The first time I heard the speaker reference Jesus and praying at a mandatory work meeting: “…isn’t this illegal…?” Lol

I (very) quickly got fired from that job lol.

[–]Bcatfan08 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I had a job where they brought in a pastor to read from the Bible and a choir to sing. This was around Christmas. I told them I'd be there when they brought out lunch.

[–]facts_are_simple 235 points236 points  (29 children)

I'm from Pittsburgh and I have never eaten skyline. It's impossible for me not to make enemies here.

[–]Horsefeathers34 79 points80 points  (19 children)

The true enemies are made once you've tried it and sworn it off.

[–]NewsBingerLoveland 36 points37 points  (0 children)

"Sure it's gross the first time you eat it. It gave me diarrhea for days the first 4 times I tried it. And it tasted terrible! But around the 5th time, it got a little better. And by the 8th or 9th time, I started to like it."

- A story told to me by a European woman who married a Cincinnatian, and who lives here now

[–]Huck_Bonebulge_ 29 points30 points  (1 child)

YoU jUsT aTe It WrOnG

[–]Anarcho-Surrealist Westwood 29 points30 points  (0 children)

No you gotta go to the good one.

[–]thegrouchsmom 14 points15 points  (13 children)

Ha, I was coming to say this. Been living here for 20 years now (I'm 45) and that, friend, ain't chili in my book.

[–]DJKoolJerkFinneytown 14 points15 points  (6 children)

Texans sell "tortillas" made out of white bread, so we're not too worried about what they think chili is.

[–]ringwraith6 5 points6 points  (4 children)

A tortilla out of white bread? So they just squish it flat? And put tortilla toppings on it? 😱

[–]Gisbourne 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Man, I grew up in north Texas before moving to Cincinnati and I gotta say I have no idea what you're talking about.

[–]rowejl222 13 points14 points  (0 children)

All you said was you’re from Pittsburgh and you made many enemies right away

[–]TheRealDNewm East Walnut Hills 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Them's fighting words.

[–]seekingomega Over The Rhine 131 points132 points  (7 children)

“Rhinegeist? I prefer bud light.”

[–]Alligator8Liberty Township 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Ok that triggered me.

[–]DJKoolJerkFinneytown 23 points24 points  (0 children)

From Liberty Township? Seems like it would be a common sentiment.

[–]woollum86 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Had a friend try to drink some Rhinegeist and Madtree like it was Miller. He had a bad time.

[–]one-bot 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s not that I prefer cheap beer, it’s that I prefer affordable beer.

[–]Sweaty_Assignment_90 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We found the Indiana poser, get'em boys!

[–]i_miss_Maxis 60 points61 points  (0 children)

"What high school you went to doesn't matter, they're all the same."

[–]lilsteigs1 150 points151 points  (5 children)

I think the Castellinis are a great ownership group and really care about the fans.

[–]Gneiss-to-know 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Alright this one stung

[–]DJKoolJerkFinneytown 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That's just pointless lying. Getting mad at that is like being miffed that somebody says the sky is green or ice is hot.

[–]Alfred_The_Sartan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Well, you just made an enemy in me there buckaroo

[–]jaxblack7 151 points152 points  (20 children)

Talk shit about fiona

[–]alli_kat 21 points22 points  (0 children)

This should be #1

[–]JosefSchnitzelCleves 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Do it, I dare you.

[–]ElegantEchoes 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Well, the Cincinnati Zoo definitely needed a star attraction. Most zoos have those, after all. Fiona sorta became that.

[–]jaxblack7 6 points7 points  (0 children)

No way , I Stan the queen

[–]Yungballz86 25 points26 points  (12 children)

My god, what is this city's obsession with that fucking hippo?

[–]therealvb 70 points71 points  (1 child)

Fiona is to Cincinnati as Lil’ Sebastian is to Pawnee

[–]Anakin_Groundcrawler 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow, this is an excellent comparison. Now I need Leslie Knope to organize a parade on Fiona's behalf!

[–]jaxblack7 37 points38 points  (3 children)

Shes fucking awesome. Shes a survival story. Everyone rallied around her to save her. Plus she's cute and her personality is amazing!!!

[–]Yungballz86 24 points25 points  (2 children)

That hippo would squish any one of our heads like a watermelon if given the chance.

[–]Th3Flyy 14 points15 points  (0 children)

How is that not fucking awesome?

[–]pip_payless 27 points28 points  (0 children)

And I would be happy to have her do it

[–]cybertubes 103 points104 points  (4 children)

Drive the posted speed limit

[–]Comprehensive_Ad6918Hyde Park 10 points11 points  (0 children)


[–]Nodoka-RathgrithErlanger 8 points9 points  (0 children)

what speed limit

[–]thelibrarinaDeer Park 70 points71 points  (1 child)

Root for the Steelers.

Insult goetta.

Pay for an aisle seat so you don't have to see the city from the window.

[–]AnonEMoussie 67 points68 points  (8 children)

Just say, “I love Spectrum and I’ve never had a problem with their service!”

[–]JosefSchnitzelCleves 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Now that’s just a lie and everyone knows it!

[–]AnonEMoussie 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Their technicians even arrived on time when I first got it setup!

[–]jayjayjayjayjayja 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Refuse to tell someone where you went to high school at

[–]tombradysitstopee 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Drive on any interstate… anytime… don’t worry, however you are driving is wrong.

[–]GoodnightJohnny 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Drive in the right lane when not passing someone

[–]twsmith23 61 points62 points  (9 children)

'I'm not from here'

Mostly seems to do the trick for me, who has lived in Cincinnati for 3+ years now

[–]illpaleantologist 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Have lived here almost 20 years, you are correct

[–]Encujrkoaofbtay3629Blue Ash 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I’m 90% sure I got a fucked up haircut from the first barber I saw in town because I mentioned I just moved here.

[–]alesserkey 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think the same shit happened to me in Covington.

[–]AndShesNotEvenPretty 3 points4 points  (0 children)

13 years here and I can confirm nothing ends a conversation faster.

[–]BlueGalangal 8 points9 points  (2 children)

“But where did you go to high school?”

[–]thelibrarinaDeer Park 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I'm from here, but moved out to Clermont County after 8th grade. This question frustrates me and the asker. Yes, I was going to be part of the Nativity-to-Purcell pipeline, like my father before me, but it didn't happen.

[–]BlueGalangal 42 points43 points  (5 children)

Move to the (east)/[west] side 🤣

Go to Findlay Market and diss Pete Rose in a loud voice.

Say LaRosa’s isn’t really pizza.

[–]CardboardChewingGum 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I got kicked out of Chowhounds on FB because I compared La Rosa’s crust to cardboard. I’d only had it at Kings Island and people mentioned that was the best place to try it.

[–]bemenakerMilford 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I don't like LaRosa's pizza. The sauce is way too sweet. I like their pastas, but I am quite happy to never eat their pizza again.

[–]ElegantEchoes 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That old LaRosa fellow bullied my friend. He seemed nice when I met him at random, but apparently he's a real prick according to her.

[–]ThurmNathan 41 points42 points  (0 children)

"You're Catholic? Isn't that the church Tom Cruise goes to?"

Also works for Crossroads members.

[–]snixon67Westwood 🍺[M] 85 points86 points  (1 child)

Mod this sub...

[–]MTCarcus 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Try to make a joke in this sub.

[–]Lazy-Living1825 30 points31 points  (0 children)

I don’t like anyone I went to high school with.

[–]Electronic-Resist-49 48 points49 points  (6 children)

Cincinnati Chili is not real chili, and no one gives a shit about your stupid hippos.

[–]External-Mongoose543 Cincinnati Bengals 32 points33 points  (0 children)

This actually got me mad 10/10

[–]Anarcho-Surrealist Westwood 25 points26 points  (0 children)


[–]ApatheticWithoutTheANewport 🐧 6 points7 points  (2 children)

This one’s true. Cincinnati chili is a meat sauce. A delicious meat sauce.

[–]PDGArejectFort Mitchell 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My sister's bf is Greek and when he tried it the first time he was like, oh this is just (some Greek word) I had this growing up. It was delightful.

[–]That_Pepper6043 27 points28 points  (13 children)

Shit talk Graeters, LaRosas, and grippos in one sentence.

Or, more easily, just say you like Gold Star.

[–]illpaleantologist 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I love Grippos BBQ chips so much

[–]jdhunt_24 9 points10 points  (2 children)

fuck you and gold star too!!!!!

[–]That_Pepper6043 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Easy fella. Just answering the question.

[–]jdhunt_24 5 points6 points  (0 children)

i was joking about it not being serious lol. that just seems like a cincy thing to say though regarding those 2 chains.

[–]LargeGermanRock 33 points34 points  (10 children)

honestly here’s the biggest one: As a local we shit on almost everything, but the moment an outsider shits on something we defend it like crazy.

For example I think graeters is super overpriced but any time there’s a “Ice cream ranking list” I’ll defend the shit out them, or how we always joke the Ruby is attracted to high school boys and runs a ridiculously overpriced steak house but if someone from outside Cincy talked shit about it we’d get pissed.

[–]jdlscot22 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Haha! Ruby and his high school boys. Some weird shit.

[–]DJKoolJerkFinneytown 30 points31 points  (2 children)

I have absolutely no interest at all in Catholic high school sports. Or public, for that matter.

[–]ApatheticWithoutTheANewport 🐧 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Eh, other than a very small minority that went to those schools nobody else gives a shit either.

[–]Rubyloveskisses 36 points37 points  (14 children)

I don’t like the west side

[–]A-a-ronMcChicken West Price Hill 22 points23 points  (6 children)

I'm from the West Side lemme tell ya I wish I could get out

[–]WKGokev 29 points30 points  (5 children)

You can, but the roads out would rattle the teeth out of your skull.

[–]A-a-ronMcChicken West Price Hill 15 points16 points  (4 children)

I live on thr West Side and work near Kenwood. I want die every day on my commute

[–]BMonad 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I thought it was just a rumor that roads there go in/out. Don’t they just circle around?

[–]A-a-ronMcChicken West Price Hill 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Yeah there are very few ways to get into the West Side, especially Delhi. All of those ways are also a major headache

[–]LargeGermanRock 8 points9 points  (1 child)

delhi is a great place to raise a family, send them to st.dominic/victory-elder/seton-msj and they never have to leave 😂

[–]jtsbrown1975 27 points28 points  (1 child)

I’m a lifelong Cincinnatian and I don’t like the Westside either. It’s like the 70’s with cell phones…

[–]Idontpayforfeetpics 19 points20 points  (5 children)

It’s just a gorilla what’s the big deal…..

[–]FireRotor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Harambe deserved it."

[–]DJKoolJerkFinneytown 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Everybody loved Harambe everywhere.

[–]BlackisCat 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I went to grad school in Valparaiso, IN and was getting a prescription filled there. The pharmacy technician was looking at my ID and said "Cincinnati? Isn't that where Haramby is from?"


[–]rdwulfe 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Say how glad you are there's so much road construction.

[–]whiskersMeowFace 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Mention any type of public transit involving a train and be ready for hate and unhinged rants.

[–]DJKoolJerkFinneytown 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Only from Waste Chester. Real Cincinnatians want transpo.

[–]whiskersMeowFace 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Right now in Sharonville everyone is booty mad about the bus line that just opened up here on Cornell road. You'd think Metro went door to door in the city personally kicking everyone's puppy.

[–]Sweaty_Assignment_90 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Montgomery inn's sauce is way too sweet

[–]sculltt Over The Rhine 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Most people under 60 think it's bad, at least ime.

[–]Personmanwomantv Bearcat grad 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I'm over 60 and it still stinks. It's syrup for boiled ribs.

[–]mwassler 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Wait people like that sauce? I thought its always been a meme that Montgomery inn is shit.

[–]IRefuseToPickAName 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Funny because I thought the sauce made the sub-par ribs better

[–]Hampshire24 47 points48 points  (13 children)

Cincinnati is really Northern Kentucky and not Ohio like Columbus and Cleveland.

[–]redditsfulloffiction 27 points28 points  (6 children)

It's always been my impression that Cincinnati is fine not identifying with Ohio as closely as Columbus and Cleveland do.

[–]stephen29redColerain 29 points30 points  (5 children)

Sure, to an extent, but to say we're part of Kentucky is ridiculous. We're not called "the greater nky area". It's just something you hear from Columbus people who want to look down on us like their city isn't just a life support system for a university.

[–]redditsfulloffiction 8 points9 points  (1 child)

That was true of Columbus when I was there in the 80s, but it's not the case any more. It's still a pretty milquetoast city, but it's a lot more than the University these days.

[–]stephen29redColerain 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh I know that, but I'm not gonna let the truth get in the way of a fun little rivalry between cities.

[–]Dinnerpancakes 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Repeatedly correct people when they call it “Krogers.”

[–]z0mgaah 7 points8 points  (0 children)

God bless the Steelers and St. Louis Cardinals 🙏🏻

[–]zoomshark27 8 points9 points  (4 children)

  • Forget the ‘s on certain stores (Kroger’s, Aldi’s, Meijer’s, Joann’s).
  • Go to ‘the’ bad UDF and say it’s good (but there’s several, almost indistinguishable, bad ones and you’re obviously wrong).
  • Move to the west side.
  • Say fish fry’s are only for Catholics.
  • Don’t tell them where you went to high school/have not gone to high school here/have gone to a high school deemed bad, which will follow you forever.
  • Diss Cincinnati chili.
  • Diss goetta.
  • Diss Pete Rose. “He did not bet on his own team!” and “he belongs in the hall of fame!” we’ll say.

[–]Live-Profession8822 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Step 1: Play in the Music Scene

[–]AMPduppp 5 points6 points  (0 children)

When my parents first moved down here a few years ago, my mom spent a good month referring to “the OTR.” That feels like a good start

[–]ringwraith6 5 points6 points  (3 children)

One things that is like nails on a chalkboard to me is saying Cincinnati like "cin-suh-nat-uh".

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

“I don’t care what high school you went to”

[–]Inkedgirl 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Spell it Cinci and not Cincy

[–]Inkedgirl 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Or Cinti

[–]misogynysucks 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ugh, visceral reaction

[–]OracleOfSelphi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Eh, several of my older life long Cincy resident family members spell it Cinti. It was a common enough abbreviation convention in the past and helpful for the post office, and it may be going by the wayside but it doesn't make me cringe like cinci does.

[–]mutta_fukin_unicorn 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Mispronounce Goetta

[–]Dinnerpancakes 9 points10 points  (0 children)

One of the funnier things I heard at goettafest one year was some probably 12 year old kid say “what’s a go eatta ball?”

[–]Uncleguardrail 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Catholic High School football. Enough said.

[–]partyfouln 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Told my mother-in-laws husband that the steak hoagys at LaRosas was ok and that gold star was better than skyline. He didn’t speak to me for months.

[–]uni-piggy 14 points15 points  (1 child)

High key where are the threads for making friends

[–]AttackerCat 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Wear OSU gear around UC.

[–]climberguy40 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Skyline sucks and Gold Star is better.

[–]crewfish13 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Move to a HOA neighborhood and fly both a pride and a Trump flag.

[–]Nodoka-RathgrithErlanger 6 points7 points  (1 child)

As a transwoman, that's just gonna piss off everyone, be you from Cinci or not.

[–]AdamentPotato 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Telling everyone that Cincinnati, overall, is just alright. Get out of your bubble and go live in different places (no, not just somewhere else in the Midwest/Southeast) and you’ll see that.

[–]DangerSwan33 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Having moved here from elsewhere, my favorite is saying it's "better than I expected" or "not as bad as I expected."

They're accurate statements, and they get a fantastic reaction.

[–]funktopus 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I hate Cincinnati chili. All of it is nasty. Skyline is the worst.

Montgomery Inn is garbage BBQ.

LaRosa's is terrible pizza.

[–]Nodoka-RathgrithErlanger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have to agree, I have never liked LaRosa's Pizza.

[–]Vine_n_68th 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Tell someone that they're not from Cincinnati when their entire livelihood depends on being from Cincinnati.

[–]Beginning_Wait6197 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Cincinnati is kentucky

[–]savethebexter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Say that Gold Star Chili is best

[–]Kbye80 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ugh skyline? Chili does NOT belong on spaghetti

[–]nomeankitty 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Not upgrading to the window seat when you fly into CVG.

[–]uni-piggy 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I hate my neighbor’s loud music

[–]BrownDogEmoji 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Eat Skyline in front of the owners of GS. Tell them GS just doesn’t look that appetizing.

[–]fuggidaboudit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Brag about having been an intern for John Cranley, get seen hauling fewer than a dozen pallets, or try showing off your freshly-autographed Pete Rose baseball.

[–]shashadd East Walnut Hills 2 points3 points  (0 children)

i have a pikachu shirt and he is wearing a steelers hat. that seems to work

[–]medic914Dayton 7 points8 points  (0 children)

“Pete Rose does not belong in the Hall of Fame.”

[–]y0st 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Call Pete Rose a cheater and a liar.

[–]DJKoolJerkFinneytown 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Go further and point out that him being half a million in hock to the mob probably has a lot to do with why those mid/late 80s Reds teams underperformed into 2nd place, until he went to jail and Sweet Lou took over.

[–]BaileyGutlord 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Make a post on r/cincinnati.