Special #19 - Cincinnati Style Chili Potato Chip by Mikesell’s

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So, it’s kind of hard not to comment on a recent new product on shelves now, Mikesell’s Cincinnati Style Chili Potato Chips, considering this is a Cincinnati chili blog!  So a couple weeks ago, Traci and I stopped for gas and picked up a bag.  Do they do Cincinnati chili justice?

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Stop #55 - Madison Diner

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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.

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Special #18 - Jefferson Social Club

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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!

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Special #17 - Oktoberfest Coney at Gold Star Chili

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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.

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New Golden Oyster & Blog Update

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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!

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Special #14 - Worthmore Cincinnati-Style Chili

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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.

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Stop #54 - Mr. Hanton’s Handwiches

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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.

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Stop #53 - The Bridge House Restaurant

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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.

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Stop #52 - The Mason Grill

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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.

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Stop #51 - Frank’s Diner

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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.

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