I have heard about "Cincinnati Chili" for years. As a matter of fact, I have a recipe that proclaims to be the real thing, but I have never made it. Frankly, I questioned the ingredient list.
While on our road trip through Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and parts farther north, we stopped in Harrison, Ohio, west of Cincinnati. We have driven this road many times, but I have never noticed the Skyline Chili restaurant chain. Chains don't hold much charm for me. One of our travel companions suggested that we stop for a quick and inexpensive lunch. They suggested Skyline Chili.
The restaurant was about the size of a large fast food outlet. We were seated and I had to venture off the the restroom, which I found a little disheveled. They could have spent a little more time creating a more pleasant visit.
We ordered from a slightly stained menu....(I think there might be a cleanliness pattern emerging here) and food was quickly delivered to the booth.
The first thing I noticed about the chili was some spice that didn't strike me as a regular chili spice. After reviewing my recipe when arriving home, I believe what I was trying to identify was allspice! Something I never suspected in chili. I did enjoy my Skyline burrito and others enjoyed their five way and a chili dog. Frankly, I find their offering would be a much better spaghetti sauce...guess what...they serve it with spaghetti if you would like it that way. Also available, 3-way: spaghetti, sauce, finely grated Cheddar cheese, 4-way: spaghetti, sauce, cheese, onions, 5-way: spaghetti, sauce, cheese, onions, beans.
All in all, it was a filling five dollar lunch. Would I stop again...maybe.