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Restaurant Wed Dec 05 2007

I Love a Hot 3-Way

Get your head out of the gutter.

I'm referring to Cincinnati chili--an almost sauce-like chili that consists of finely ground beef and a blend of spices. And while I've lived in Chicago my entire life, Cincinnati's chili holds a special place in my heart (and I don't mean in the form of cholesterol).

If you're not familiar with Cincinnati chili, you should know that it's not your average chili. It's served on top of spaghetti and topped with a huge portion of shredded cheddar cheese (3-way, the classic) and onions (4-way) and kidney beans (5-way). And to Cincinnatians, chili is no joke. According to the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau (as posted on Wikipedia), Cincinnatians consume more than two million pounds of chili each year. That's a lot of chili.

I recently heard a rumor about a Cincinnati native who was planning on bringing some of that chili-love to Chicago in the form of a restaurant named Cinners. But much to my dismay, the restaurant--which will make Lincoln Square its future home--still isn't open, but they do have a website. Until then, I'll continue to make my own using chili seasoning packets that I pick up during trips to Cincinnati to visit family. Not planning on visiting Cincinnati? Order your own and try it for yourself.


paul / December 6, 2007 10:03 AM

i hope you'll post again when cinners opens. did they ever have skyline chili up here? i won't vouch for the quality, but i've seen that around the midwest, maybe in the early 90s.

Cookie / December 6, 2007 10:27 AM

Chili Mac's on Broadway has great 3-way.

Taylor / December 6, 2007 11:46 AM

Yeesh. I hope the culinary abortion known as Cincinnati Chili stays in Cincinnati. Skyline is horrible.

Erin / December 8, 2007 9:29 AM

Cincinnati chili is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Every time I go back to Cincinnati, there is no doubt that one of my meals will be at Skyline Chili.
If there is a place truly opening up, my family and I will be devout customers. It would be great for Chicagoins to experience the beloved 3-way, (Although I go with the 4-way and get the onions.)

C / December 10, 2007 12:26 PM

Beware of the ingredients in those Cincinnati chili spice mix packets. Loaded with MSG and other rather-do-withouts.

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