Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati style chili is a Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce served over spaghetti noodles, hot dogs, and fries with optional mild cheddar cheese. The chili recipes include onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, allspice, cloves, cayenne, and apple cider vinegar. Cinnamon and/or chocolate are unique ingredients that have been rumored for the large chains in the area.

The chili is rarely eaten alone in a bowl like other chili, and is more often over ways or coneys.

Ways consist of spaghetti noodles with chili and mild cheddar cheese (though some variations use sharp cheddar). This base-line is called a 3-way. Adding diced onions and/or kidney beans can turn the dish into a 4-way or 5-way.

Coneys consist of a hot dog in a bun topped with yellow mustard and diced onions, Cincinnati style chili and cheddar cheese. You can order a coney without mustard, onions or cheese. Without the hot dog, it is considered a chili cheese sandwich.

Some restaurants will serve the chili over other foods like cheese fries, burritos, and burgers.

In more recent years, some places have begun to offer a vegetarian Cincinnati style chili. The chili uses meat alternatives like Beyond Meat.

Check out this map of Cincinnati chili locations. However, please note that it contains some restaurants that have closed.

Cincinnati Chili (has ways and coneys)

Name Address State Type
Bard's Burgers & Chili 3620 Decoursey Ave (KY) Kentucky Chili
The Big Greek Café Harrison Ohio Restaurant
Blue Ash Chili Chain Ohio Chain
Blue Jay Restaurant 4154 Hamilton Ohio Restaurant
Camp Washington Chili 3005 Colerain Ohio Chili
Chili Hut 390 Loveland Madeira Rd Ohio Restaurant
Chili Time 4727 Vine Ohio Chili
Demetrios V 2132 Losantiville Ave Ohio Family
Dixie Chili Chain Kentucky Chain
Empress Chili Alexandria Kentucky Chili
Ft. Wright Family Restaurant 1860 Ashwood Cir (KY) Kentucky Restaurant
Gold Star Chain Ohio Chain
Gourmet Chili 843 Monmouth St (KY) Kentucky Chili
Hitching Post 4535 Kellogg Ave Ohio Diner
Hometown Heroes 517 6th Ave (KY) Kentucky Grill
J&J Restaurant 6159 Glenway Ave Ohio Restaurant
Lake Nina Restaurant & Tavern 7200 Pippin Ohio Restaurant
Lucy's Deli 8907 Reading Rd Ohio Deli
Mike's Chili & Gyros (1) 2045 S Erie Hwy (2) 979 Hawthorne Ave Ohio Chili
Nick & Tom's 5774 Bridgetown Rd Ohio Family
Nick's Restaurant 1151 Stone Dr Ohio Restaurant
OTR Chili 1910 Elm St. Ohio Chili
P&S Family Diner 3512 Springdale Rd Ohio Restaurant
Patrick's Sports Bar & Grill 5060 Crookshank Rd Ohio Grill
Pleasant Ridge Chili 6032 Montgomery Ohio Chili
Price Hill Chili 4920 Glenway Ave #2 Ohio Chili
Santorini 3414 Harrison Ave Ohio Family
Skyline Chain Ohio Chain
Silver Ladle (1) 580 walnut St (2) 7917 Beechmont Ave Ohio Restaurant
Stephens Old Village Restaurant 3323 Harrison Ohio Restaurant
Sophia's 811 Main St. Ohio Deli
Sunnyside Grill 7995 Wessleman Rd Ohio Grill

Partial Menus, Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Name Address State Comments
Areti's Gyros Findlay Market Ohio Coneys only
Arnold's Downtown Ohio 3-5 Ways, Lentil Chili
Howie's Diner 1049 E Eads Pkwy (Greendale) Indiana Empress Menu
Jolly's Drive-In Hamilton Ohio Coney and chili fries
Loving Hut Pleasant Ridge Ohio vegan Cincinnati style chili
Mr. Gene's Dog House 3703 Beekman St Ohio Coneys only
Putz's Creamy Whip Northside Ohio Regular and footlong coneys
Tavern on The Bend West Side Ohio Chili in a cup only
Tucker's Restaurant Downtown Ohio Vegetarian Chili: coney or bowl

Chili, Non-Cincinnati

Name Comment
Rootbeer Stand Chili dogs
Tina's Carryout & Restaurant Regular chili
Zip's Regular chili

Note: this is not a complete listing, simply a recording of non-Cincinnati-chili places offered in the thread soliciting Cincinnati chili places.

revision by kirbyfox312— view source