Stop #55 - Madison Diner
Things have been very quiet around the ChiliNati blog over the past several months as your two intrepid chili reporters - Traci and myself - got hitched to close out 2013. Who’d of thought planning a wedding would be so time-consuming! Fortunately, my brother-in-law Rob had one last wedding gift for us… a tip that a diner in a bowling alley on Madison Avenue has its own Cincinnati chili. So we decided to start this year - and our new life together - with our first new chili Stop in quite some time! Here’s the Madison Diner.
Special #18 - Jefferson Social Club
Well, truth be told, with the end of my base ball season and an upcoming nuptial, I’ve been busy the past couple months. I still get the occasional recommendations and rumors of Cincinnati chili, but I’ve had limited time to verify them. Jefferson Social Club was one of them, after my brother-in-law heard rumors on the radio. Amazingly, we had to check this one out TWICE before getting up on the blog!
Special #17 - Oktoberfest Coney at Gold Star Chili
It’s that time of year again, when Cincinnatians and Germans alike mistake September for October and get all polka on everyone. Gold Star was no exception, unveiling the brand new (I think) Oktoberfest Coney for a limited time. So Traci and I did our due diligence and gave it a try this past weekend.
New Golden Oyster & Blog Update
Can you guess which chili parlor was elevated to the level of “Golden Oyster Award winner”? Also, can you tell me if I’ve missed any Cincinnati chili parlors, because aside from a couple of menu items from random places, I think I’m out of options!
Special #14 - Worthmore Cincinnati-Style Chili
I would be hard pressed to have a Cincinnati chili blog without offering my opinions on another brand name in the chili-sphere, Worthmore. Only thing is, it’s a retail product… no parlor to be visited. So Traci bought a couple of cans and some “peripherals” and we tried Worthmore’s Cincinnati-Style Chili in the comfort of home.
Stop #54 - Mr. Hanton’s Handwiches
Fresh off our last visit to a hot dog stand, we hoped that the other hot dog stand on our list, Mr. Hanton’s, would have more of a Cincinnati chili than hot dog sauce. So after working Bars & Bells at the St. Dominic Festival this past weekend, Traci and I headed to Mt. Adams for a very late chili stop.
Stop #53 - The Bridge House Restaurant
A gentleman reached out to me on Facebook a few weeks ago and told me about his love for Cincinnati chili. He asked me to join his “cinci chili lovers” Facebook group. This gentlemen eats a LOT of chili! No sooner than I joined the group that I learned of The Bridge House Restaurant, which serves its own recipe Cincinnati chili. So Traci and I headed down to Reading to give it a try.
Stop #52 - The Mason Grill
It’s been a little while since our last Stop, and our remaining options were looking a little slim. Then, a wonderfully-timed event happened - the release of a new book called The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chili by Dann Woellert (which mentions my blog!) Within the first few pages, I learned of a few places that I hadn’t known about before. Eager to get back out there, Traci and I checked off the first of these new places, The Mason Grill.
Stop #51 - Frank’s Diner
On a tip from my cousin, Josh, Traci and I added Frank’s Diner in Colerain on the list of potential chili parlors. Fortunately, they are open for dinner (well, until 7:00pm), so we met our friends, Leah & Lauren (from the Blue Jay visit) on a rainy Thursday night to check it out.
Stop #50 - Silver Ladle
Finally, #50! With Traci on Spring Break and my workload easing up some, we took a long lunch and headed downtown (from Loveland) to try the Silver Ladle, a newer lunch place in the newer Restaurant Row on Sixth Street. How was their newer take on the Cincinnati tradition? Read on…