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fearofpopvol1
12-10-2006, 11:29 PM
Forgive me if this has been asked before, but which is better by your estimation? I'd have to go with Skyline. I do like Gold Star, but I just don't think it gets better than Skyline.

Virginia Beach Reds
12-10-2006, 11:30 PM
w/o question. Skyline is the better deal.

dougdirt
12-11-2006, 12:02 AM
Skyline, but not by much. I like them both quite a bit.

pedro
12-11-2006, 12:03 AM
I like Gold Star myself.

Casey_21
12-11-2006, 12:12 AM
I LOVE Skyline 3-ways and such, but I dont care for the coneys. I never quite knew what it was about them, till a few years ago, pops told me. Its the hot dog. My Dad works at Kahns, who makes their hot dog, and says Skyline specifically asked them to make their hot dogs without too much flavor, so people can taste the chilli. I'll have to go with Gold Star for the coneys.

kaldaniels
12-11-2006, 12:31 AM
Awaiting the Empress fan bemoaning the unfairness of the poll :evil:

macro
12-11-2006, 01:13 AM
We did cover this topic last year (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33402 ), but it has been a while.

minus5
12-11-2006, 01:30 AM
Dixie :thumbup:

Caveat Emperor
12-11-2006, 01:56 AM
Skyline -- the chili tastes better and the menu has more variety for those that like to stray beyond the simple 3 way or coney.

Personal favorite of mine -- Chilito w/ spaghetti on the inside. Turns it into a mini 3-way wrap for on-the-go eating.

smallbattle
12-11-2006, 03:08 AM
We did cover this topic last year (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33402 ), but it has been a while.

I think this is an annual thing. I remember a few times.

By the by, Skyline for me.:thumbup:

savafan
12-11-2006, 03:52 AM
Put me down for Skyline as well.

Roy Tucker
12-11-2006, 09:09 AM
Gold Star for me too.

But I think it's just because there seem to be more Gold Stars around that are convenient for me to go to. Skylines are fine too.

Put me down for a 3-way and a root beer.

BuckWoody
12-11-2006, 10:10 AM
Skyline....I'll take a four-way with onion and a cheese coney with mustard please.

Now see what you've done? You've gone and made me hungry and it's only 9:00. :(

redsfan30
12-11-2006, 11:09 AM
Not even a question.....Skyline.

HotCorner
12-11-2006, 01:17 PM
Hmm ... I think I'll have Skyline for lunch today. :D

RBA
12-11-2006, 01:28 PM
Hmm ... I think I'll have Skyline for lunch today. :D

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redsfan30
12-11-2006, 02:47 PM
Hmm ... I think I'll have Skyline for lunch today. :D

This thread made me make a trip to town over my lunch break and get a 3 Way.

So good.

westofyou
12-11-2006, 02:48 PM
I lived over the Goldstar factory in Mt Lookout, I developed a taste for that when I ate meat. I like 5 Ways with lots of hot sauce.

deltachi8
12-11-2006, 04:53 PM
Having only a couple short visits to Cincinnati under my belt, I have tried and liked both. Gotta have the hot sauce though.

Isn't thins kind of asking Blonde, Brunette or redhead...i mean is there a bad choice?

Ravenlord
12-11-2006, 04:54 PM
i dislike them both equally.

BoydsOfSummer
12-11-2006, 06:29 PM
I prefer to get the "filthy-mcnasties" from Gold Star.

reds1869
12-11-2006, 06:41 PM
Gold Star. Being a non-native and therefore having skipped the childhood indoctrination, I can tell you it tastes better and uses much higher quality ingredients. That said, I'll take Skyline anytime--it's good too. I also enjoy Empress and the smaller parlors, particularly Camp Washington.

StillFunkyB
12-11-2006, 06:59 PM
I prefer Skyline.

I am not opposed to Gold Star, but given the choice I would choose Skyline.

Highlifeman21
12-11-2006, 08:23 PM
No love for Blue Ash Chili?

I see how it is...

KittyDuran
12-11-2006, 10:25 PM
I LOVE Skyline 3-ways and such, but I dont care for the coneys. I never quite knew what it was about them, till a few years ago, pops told me. Its the hot dog. My Dad works at Kahns, who makes their hot dog, and says Skyline specifically asked them to make their hot dogs without too much flavor, so people can taste the chilli. I'll have to go with Gold Star for the coneys.Aha! Now I know the answer to that burning question...! That's why the coneys taste better at the ballpark than in the restaurant.

KittyDuran
12-11-2006, 10:28 PM
Oh... and I'll have a four way with onions, two packets of hot sauce, sweet tea, and a Snickers ice cream bar! :beerme:

Heath
12-11-2006, 10:40 PM
Aha! Now I know the answer to that burning question...! That's why the coneys taste better at the ballpark than in the restaurant.

I wish they put mustard on them in stand instead of making you get it out on the kiosk. It's hard to separate and it makes my cheese clumpy with mustard.

Oh, vote for Skyline. Or Empress.

Heath
12-11-2006, 10:41 PM
Oh... and I'll have a four way with onions, two packets of hot sauce, sweet tea, and a Snickers ice cream bar! :beerme:

...and some Aqua Fresh with a Scope chaser......



:D ;)

fearofpopvol1
12-17-2006, 02:15 AM
I've never actually had Empress. I assume it's good stuff? Would it be closer to a Skyline type or a Gold Star type?

TOBTTReds
12-17-2006, 05:55 PM
No doubt it is skyline....plus I HATE the Gold Star ads. "I get Star treatment"...shutup.

LincolnparkRed
12-17-2006, 08:11 PM
None of the above, Both scare my stomach just thinking about them

pedro
12-17-2006, 09:18 PM
No doubt it is skyline....plus I HATE the Gold Star ads. "I get Star treatment"...shutup.

and who could forget the classic line "nobody knows french fries better than teenagers!"

Edd Roush
12-17-2006, 09:43 PM
Although my friends tease me for this all the time, I am a major Gold Star Chili fan. I like the fact that it is a meatier chili. I know that Skyline is the "sexier" of the two brands, but given a choice I will take Gold Star.

Dom Heffner
12-17-2006, 11:31 PM
I drove 45 minutes tonight to enjoy our Skyline here in Tampa. A 3 way with 3 cheese coneys.

Awesome.

max venable
12-18-2006, 08:25 AM
I drove 45 minutes tonight to enjoy our Skyline here in Tampa. A 3 way with 3 cheese coneys.

Awesome.

There's also a skyline in Ft. Myers that I've eaten at several times. It's cool to go in there and see all the Cincinnati sports stuff hanging on the walls.

westofyou
12-18-2006, 11:16 AM
Although my friends tease me for this all the time, I am a major Gold Star Chili fan. I like the fact that it is a meatier chili. I know that Skyline is the "sexier" of the two brands, but given a choice I will take Gold Star.

I know your pain, I had the battle many times with my buddies.

Dom Heffner
12-18-2006, 11:59 AM
There's also a skyline in Ft. Myers that I've eaten at several times. It's cool to go in there and see all the Cincinnati sports stuff hanging on the walls.

I commented on this last night. It's so awesome to eat right next to a UC Bearcat logo.

In this town it's the Bucs or well, the Yankees lol....

fearofpopvol1
04-24-2007, 02:22 AM
Finally had some Skyline again recently and it was amazing.

SunDeck
04-24-2007, 08:12 AM
No love for Blue Ash Chili?

I see how it is...

A good point. There are about a gazillion chili holes in town, run by greek families and most of them have outstanding chili. If someone asks me to go to Skyline, Gold Star, Empress, Delhi Chili, Pleasant Ridge Chili, Blue Ash Chili or just about any other chili place in town, I am very unlikely to decline.

zombielady
04-24-2007, 09:23 AM
I personally like Gold Star better

MrsHammer
04-24-2007, 04:10 PM
Forgive me for being ignorant on the subject, but does Gold Star Chili have the same type of unusual taste as Skyline or is it more along the lines of traditional chili? I have had Skyline and, while I liked it ok, I still prefer the taste of southwest style chili.

minus5
04-24-2007, 05:00 PM
Forgive me for being ignorant on the subject, but does Gold Star Chili have the same type of unusual taste as Skyline or is it more along the lines of traditional chili? I have had Skyline and, while I liked it ok, I still prefer the taste of southwest style chili.


For the most part, people don't eat Cincinnati style (Skyline, Gold Star, Dixie, etc) as a bowl of chili. It is for a 3, 4 or 5 way or on coneys. If they (or at least for me and most of the people I know) want a bowl of chili, then they usually get a traditional bowl of chili.

LawFive
04-24-2007, 08:14 PM
i dislike them both equally.

At last! I thought I was the only one...

rotnoid
04-24-2007, 08:52 PM
At last! I thought I was the only one...

Blasphemy!

BurgervilleBuck
04-24-2007, 11:43 PM
Gold Star is okay but the spaghetti tends to be really thin & watery. Give me Skyline anytime. :luvu:

OldRightHander
04-25-2007, 04:26 PM
At last! I thought I was the only one...

Count me in too. Can't stand the stuff.

zombielady
04-25-2007, 04:35 PM
I generally only eat it when I am pregnant...

GoGoWhiteSox
04-25-2007, 11:10 PM
I'll take Gold Star myself, but I don't mind Skyline.

fadetoblack2880
04-26-2007, 07:55 PM
gold star stinks and i don't like it. skyline(when i'm in the area).

redsmetz
04-26-2007, 08:38 PM
Skyline - the one and only - and the only chili I sell on eBay! I'll sell that, plus other Cincy stuff, but not Gold Star, sorry, I have my principles.

Will
04-26-2007, 09:40 PM
Skyline is the best when I get near Cincy. Gold Star will do if I can't get Skyline. Poor, Poor fellow I am who left Greater Cincy at 14 and moved to Chili-less WV. You people near Cincy don't know how lucky you are to be able to eat it when ever you please :cry:

Roy Tucker
04-27-2007, 09:11 AM
This may be heresy, but I actually can't tell a whole lot of difference between the two.

Usually it's a matter of quality control in the individual restaurant. Watery spaghetti is the main culprit. Ratio of chili to spaghetti is the second.

To while away the time before being served, we put a dot of hot sauce on the oyster crackers and eat them as appetizers.

Caseyfan21
04-27-2007, 09:12 AM
Heads up for Columbus zoners. Tonight at the Clippers game is Skyline Chili 2 coney's for $1. Never been to this before but I think I will check it out since I will be in town tonight.

ghettochild
04-27-2007, 03:09 PM
the only time i eat goldstar is when i'm at the airport leaving to go home and i'm craving some last cincy chili. other than that, its skyline all the way. i eat it atleast 3 times a week (unfortunatly, out of a can/frozen)...execpt when i'm in cincy, once i'm out of dayton airport i'm down the highway and at the nearest skyline chowin down on two three-ways and a mt. dew.

SunDeck
04-27-2007, 03:52 PM
I generally only eat it when I am pregnant...

That's gotta make for some healthy babies.

CelticFC
04-27-2007, 09:36 PM
I only eat Goldstar when I pass through the airport. When visiting Cincinnati though, I always go with Skyline!

zombielady
04-28-2007, 12:11 PM
That's gotta make for some healthy babies.

Resilient at any rate...

SunDeck
04-28-2007, 12:20 PM
I only eat Goldstar when I pass through the airport. When visiting Cincinnati though, I always go with Skyline!

Hmmm...chili before boarding a plane. Something about that just doesn't seem smart to me.

AtomicDumpling
04-29-2007, 04:43 AM
I like them both about equally. I think Gold Star makes better coneys, while Skyline makes better 3-ways.

We usually go to Skyline because my wife is a vegetarian. She orders a 4-way with black beans instead of chili. She loads on the hot sauce. She loves it.

Skyline has good burritos too, which Gold Star doesn't have.

redsrule2500
05-16-2007, 04:47 PM
Goldstar no doubt

fearofpopvol1
08-16-2007, 05:18 PM
Haven't had Skyline in a hot minute. Looking forward to having it again soon.

redsfan1966
08-16-2007, 10:44 PM
Skyline....but I will eat Gold Star when the wife drags me to the Jeffersonville Outlet Mall....

WebScorpion
08-21-2007, 04:12 PM
the only time i eat goldstar is when i'm at the airport leaving to go home and i'm craving some last cincy chili. other than that, its skyline all the way. i eat it atleast 3 times a week (unfortunatly, out of a can/frozen)...execpt when i'm in cincy, once i'm out of dayton airport i'm down the highway and at the nearest skyline chowin down on two three-ways and a mt. dew.

I was wondering who was going to mention this. GoldStar is the only chili you can get at the airport. I had a 10 hour layover in Cincy during which I was going to meet my brother and I actually went through security again just to get cheese coneys an hour or so sooner. I think GoldStar chili is usually just a bit spicier, but I still prefer Skyline. I've been known to eight cheese coneys and a Mt. Dew upon my return to the city. There are a lot of things about Cincy that I miss when I'm away, but cheese coneys are like an addiction...the longer I wait, the more I've gotta have. I occasionally make them myself with canned or frozen chili, but it's just not the same. :(

fearofpopvol1
04-03-2008, 03:20 AM
Just had some today while watching the Reds. It doesn't get much better than that.

I think I could eat Skyline pretty regularly. If only it wern't so unhealthy.

goreds2
04-03-2008, 06:40 AM
When my buddies and I go to Cincy to see Jimmy Buffett each year, the morning after we always go to Gold Star. It is probably because there is none in the Columbus area. I do prefer it though.

reds2221
04-03-2008, 07:36 AM
Skyline by far is better. Any time we go up for a ball game we always get some!

GoReds33
04-03-2008, 05:44 PM
I like Gold Star, because their 3-ways are IMO better than Skyline's. I go to both, and really like both, but I give the edge to Gold Star.

paintmered
04-03-2008, 09:44 PM
Camp Washington.

*BaseClogger*
04-04-2008, 03:01 AM
There is supposed to be a Skyline in Monroe, MI. Has anybody ever stopped there?

redsmetz
04-04-2008, 12:21 PM
I've been shipping Skyline around the country for a few years now from my online store - I've shipped to every corner of the country and even overnighted some to a guy in Denver for the Broncos/Bengals game a year or two ago. Folks love themselves some Skyline.

The other stuff - I just don't touch it. :)

Roy Tucker
04-04-2008, 01:09 PM
And old article from the NY Times (1989) but still interesting...

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE2DE113DF935A25757C0A96F9482 60&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all



FARE OF THE COUNTRY; A City's Romance With a Bowl of Chili

By SUSAN HERRMANN LOOMIS; SUSAN HERRMANN LOOMIS IS THE AUTHOR OF ''THE GREAT AMERICAN SEAFOOD COOKBOOK'' (WORKMAN).
Published: April 16, 1989

LEAD: ''TWO cheese, no onions on two!'' a waitress cries as she slides into a stainless steel island where chili is being dished out by a cadre of aproned employees. ''Four-way light, two inverted three-ways, and a dry five-way,'' a waiter barks, filling glasses with soft drinks and racing back to his customers.

''TWO cheese, no onions on two!'' a waitress cries as she slides into a stainless steel island where chili is being dished out by a cadre of aproned employees. ''Four-way light, two inverted three-ways, and a dry five-way,'' a waiter barks, filling glasses with soft drinks and racing back to his customers.

This is not technofood talk. It's orders flying thick and fast at a Skyline chili parlor, one of a 50-store chain in downtown Cincinnati. In the next two minutes, a chili assembler - who, like all Skyline employees, wears a chili-colored tie - pops small all-beef wieners into steamed buns, and paints them with mustard, drenches them with brick-red chili sauce that is lumpy with choice ground beef, tops them with a bright orange pile of finely grated cheese, and slides them onto an oval plate that fits atop another plate. He has created a ''two cheese, no onions on two,'' or two cheese coneys, no onions, on two plates.

Another employee jabs a fork into hot cooked spaghetti, pats it into place on an oval plate, and tops it with a ladle full of chili. He strews it with kidney beans and a light sprinkling of chopped onion, then holds a handful of cheese high and lets it fall on top. That is a ''four-way light,'' or chili with cheese, light on the onion.

The cheese goes under the chili for an ''inverted three-way,'' so it is melted by the time it gets to the customer. A ''five-way'' is chili with the works - spaghetti, onions, red chili beans and cheese; a ''dry five-way'' has the juice from the chili poured off before it is served.

Cincinnati chili, as the thin, beanless, cinnamon-redolent meat sauce has been dubbed, is served to thousands of Cincinnatians daily, at hundreds of chili parlors in the greater metropolitan area. Why, when chili is usually associated with images of three-pronged cactus and a sage-studded landscape, is it the gastronomic heartbeat of Cincinnati?

Even Joseph Kiradjieff, son of Thomas Kiradjieff, who developed the recipe for Cincinnati chili in 1922 to serve in his restaurant, Empress Chili, doesn't know why. ''It was just something my dad concocted,'' Mr. Kiradjieff said. ''First, he cooked the spaghetti with the chili, but customers asked for the chili on top.''

Soon Mr. Kiradjieff was serving chili over wieners, which came in foot-long lengths that he cut in quarters, topping the chili with onions and beans, obscuring it with cheese. ''That all started sometime in the 30's,'' according to the younger Mr. Kiradjieff.

Empress Chili, named for the Empress Burlesque Theater in the same building as the chili parlor, reigned supreme in Cincinnati until 1949, when a former Empress employee, Nicholas Lambrinides, and his three sons opened their own parlor and called it Skyline Chili. Now there are 20 Empress and 50 Skyline chili parlors in the area. In 1965, a third chili concern, Gold Star, came on the scene. Today it is Gold Star that leads the pack, with more than 80 chili parlors.

Statistics from a recent study conducted by Gold Star Chili show that 80 percent of the population of Cincinnati - which is more than one million in the metropolitan area - eats chili once a week. Everyone, from gray-suited business people to families with small children (who seem to prefer the miniature coneys), stops into a parlor for a quick chili fix.

A GLANCE around a Skyline Chili parlor indicates a prescribed method for eating the chili. Beginning at one end of the mound of chili, each bite is cut in a wedge shape and lifted carefully to the mouth. Drops of chili sauce stray, so plastic bibs are provided. As the chili disappears from the plate, oyster crackers are crushed and added to soak up the sauce.

Though all chili served at the major chains, and at the city's handful of independent parlors, is essentially the same, each company claims to use a secret blend of spices. None will divulge their recipes, and there is much local conjecture. It is accepted that they all contain cinnamon. Skyline chili, which is darker and sweeter than the others, is said to contain chocolate also. Empress chili is the most spicy and herbal, and Gold Star has the distinct taste of cumin and paprika. An independent chili parlor, Blue Ash Chili, has larger chunks of meat, sharper cheese and thicker spaghetti than most. (A commercial dried chili mix sold in supermarkets under the name Cincinnati Recipe Chili Mix, which is similar to Cincinnati Chili, contains paprika, cinnamon, garlic, chili pepper, allspice, celery seed, black pepper, nutmeg, cumin, red pepper, bay leaf, cloves, oregano, marjoram.) Each chain prepares its chili in a central commissary and delivers it two to three times a week to individual chili parlors, most of which are owned by franchisees.

Lucas Vesoulis, who learned to make chili at Empress 30 years ago and is now the chili chef for Gold Star, melts suet in a huge, stainless vat in Gold Star's commissary. He adds dried white onions, which cook for half an hour, then ground beef and a mixture of spices, whose secret he claims not to know. After an hour and a half, he adds tomato sauce and water, and boils the chili for about three hours, to a concentrate. It is cooled, packed in plastic bags and put in boxes for delivery.

At a Gold Star chili parlor on Beechmont Avenue, the owner, Afaf Gammoh, pours the concentrated chili into a large steam kettle in her immaculately clean kitchen, and adds water to thin it. She brings it to a boil, then stirs it regularly.

''I can tell by looking when it's thick enough to put out front in the steam table,'' she said.

Like all chili parlor owners, Mrs. Gammoh - whose husband, father and brothers also own Gold Star chili parlors - cooks her own beans and spaghetti, chops the onions and grates the cheese. She is as proud of her chili as if she'd made it from scratch. ''I learned to prepare it from my father, and he taught me little tricks.''

Chili factions among Cincinnatians run deep, and fans are serious in their devotion. ''Skyline has the best cheese, but I think Empress is the best chili,'' said Karen Achabal, an artist who grew up in Cincinnati and ate chili frequently until she recently moved to Seattle.

There is something about Cincinnati chili that's hard to forget. Perhaps its the cinnamon or the mild, lacy cheese, the soft comforting spaghetti or the oyster crackers. Whatever its allure, a visit to Cincinnati isn't complete without a chili meal. Visitors who are just passing through need not despair. Two chili parlors recently opened at the Greater Cincinnati International Airport. CHILI PARLORS TO SUIT ALL TASTES

There is no lack of locations in Cincinnati for those who want to pursue the chili ritual. Many of the city's chili parlors are in former fast-food restaurants and Cincinnatians can get chili from a drive-through window. An average price for a chili meal is under $4 a person, soft drink included. Both the Empress and Skyline groups sell their chili frozen in supermarkets throughout the Midwest, and Skyline and Gold Star have opened parlors in cities as far away as Washington.

Following is a sampling of chili parlors in the Cincinnati area.

Hartwell's Empress Chili, 8340 Vine Street in the suburb of Hartwell, about 20 minutes north of central Cincinnati (513-761-5599). Open 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday through Saturday; noon to 9 P.M. on Sunday.

Gold Star Chili, 8467 Beechmont (513-474-4916). Open 10 A.M. to 1 A.M., Monday through Thursday; 10 A.M. to 3 A.M. Friday and Saturday; 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. on Sunday.

Two Gold Star Chili concessions at the Greater Cincinnati International Airport, Concourse D, are open 10:30 A.M. to 9:30 P.M.

The original Skyline Chili Parlor (643 Vine Street, downtown; 513-241-2020) is open from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. Monday through Saturday. Skyline Chili can also be ordered from P.K.G.'s by calling 800-543-7547. The chili is available plain or with spaghetti. Six 13-ounce containers cost approximately $45, which includes shipping.

Blue Ash Chili, 9565 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, Ohio (513-984-6107) is about 15 minutes north of central Cincinnati.

Hours are 9 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. Monday through Friday; 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. Saturday, closed Sundays. - S. H. L.

westofyou
04-04-2008, 01:13 PM
Gold Star Chili, 8467 Beechmont (513-474-4916). Open 10 A.M. to 1 A.M., Monday through Thursday; 10 A.M. to 3 A.M. Friday and Saturday; 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. on Sunday.

IF this is the one in Mt Washington then i used to live in an apartment right behind it.

Thus... I prefer(ed) GS to Skyline... I think it's imprinted due to the smell and availability.

Cyclone792
04-04-2008, 01:38 PM
An average price for a chili meal is under $4 a person, soft drink included.

Boy have those times changed. I had four cheese coneys for lunch yesterday with a water; price was over $6. I think a regular three-way is around $5 or so now. Tack on a soft drink and it's around $7.

And that doesn't even include tax and tip, if eating in.

redsfan1966
04-05-2008, 07:01 PM
I love Skyline, unfortunately on Opening Day, the line was waaaaaaaaay too long at the Downtown Skyline---ended up eating at something called Main Street Deli---it was ok, but not my preference for Opening Day.

fearofpopvol1
04-05-2008, 10:40 PM
Some folks have mentioned Empress (as does the article). I've actually never had it. Is it good? I'll have to try it when I'm back in the 'Nati in a few weeks if people say it's good.

BUTLER REDSFAN
04-05-2008, 11:39 PM
I must be the only person in the general Cincinnati area that cant stand either and have never understood all the hullabaloo about either store. The hot dogs are ok but the chili/spaghetti combo's induce long bouts of extremely loose stool.

fearofpopvol1
04-03-2010, 02:12 AM
just had some GS tonight and i have to say...while it was good, it just made me want skyline more.

OnBaseMachine
04-03-2010, 02:21 AM
I like them both but Skyline is better, IMO. I'm planning on eating a couple coney's and a three way while in town for Opening Day...

Redsfan320
04-03-2010, 08:43 AM
Skyline. It just... tastes better than Gold Star.

320

Chip R
04-03-2010, 09:35 AM
Camp Washington.

End of argument.

cincinnati chili
04-03-2010, 05:11 PM
Out here I'll take anything I can get through the mail. But I'm a skyline guy.

SandyD
04-03-2010, 05:28 PM
Camp Washington came to the "road food fest" in New Orleans last week. Didn't get to have any, tho, because they were only for the indoor, opening of the fest event. Didn't have a booth that I saw. But I thought it was cool they were there.

redsmetz
04-03-2010, 06:36 PM
End of argument.

I stopped in at Camp Washington one time and decided to try the chili (usually I've had breakfast or a sandwich). I wasn't impressed with it at all. Actually most of the single units don't do much for me. I've tried Chili Time, the Blue Jay and Park in Northside and also Blue Ash Chili. Finally tried Empress, the grand-daddy of the chains and was very unimpressed with it. I'm truly a Skyline fan. Last time I went to Gold Star was when some clients wanted to eat their. I sucked it up, what with a nice retainer from this company.

GIDP
04-03-2010, 06:39 PM
I dont know if I ever replied in this thread but Gold Star x 100000000000000, but lets not be silly any Coney is better than no Coney.

Ghosts of 1990
04-14-2010, 09:04 PM
Skyline. Gonna get it Saturday afternoon me thinks

Raisor
04-14-2010, 09:09 PM
you yankees are crazy.

daboof
04-14-2010, 09:31 PM
Empress is good.

Between Goldstar and Skyline, I'll take Goldstar but I prefer Covington Chili on Madison in Covington above all. It's kinna dirty, the waitresses call everyone 'hon' and the owner works the grill. Great place.

REDblooded
04-19-2010, 05:45 AM
GoldStar... It's not as runny... Both are great when you live in Indy and have to go out of your way for either, but I always preferred the coney's at GoldStar...

GIDP
04-19-2010, 08:44 AM
Empress is good.

Between Goldstar and Skyline, I'll take Goldstar but I prefer Covington Chili on Madison in Covington above all. It's kinna dirty, the waitresses call everyone 'hon' and the owner works the grill. Great place.

Empress is probably the best. Their cheese is better.

DJ B.K.
04-20-2010, 06:34 PM
I know I love both but can't remember which I love more. Better go back and do some research soon! :D

fearofpopvol1
04-22-2010, 02:42 AM
GoldStar... It's not as runny... Both are great when you live in Indy and have to go out of your way for either, but I always preferred the coney's at GoldStar...

You shouldn't have to go out of your way in Indy for Skyline...they have plenty of locations.

fearofpopvol1
05-11-2011, 12:05 AM
Since a new thread popped up

blumj
05-11-2011, 12:25 AM
Nobody really likes to eat that stuff, it's all just an elaborate practical joke on the rest of us, right?

westofyou
05-11-2011, 01:46 PM
Nobody really likes to eat that stuff, it's all just an elaborate practical joke on the rest of us, right?

Actually they do eat it, and yes it's kinda funny... but an acquired taste, helps to be indoctrinated early on in life.

I acquired my taste for it after many beers and many evenings of many beers. personally I miss the smaller chili parlors that predated the plastic looking places around today.

reds1869
05-11-2011, 01:49 PM
Actually they do eat it, and yes it's kinda funny... but an acquired taste, helps to be indoctrinated early on in life.

I acquired my taste for it after many beers and many evenings of many beers. personally I miss the smaller chili parlors that predated the plastic looking places around today.

There are still some good independent ones around, you just have to dig. Price Hill, Camp Washington, Dixie, Blue Ash are all very good and superior to the Big Two.

westofyou
05-11-2011, 05:18 PM
There are still some good independent ones around, you just have to dig. Price Hill, Camp Washington, Dixie, Blue Ash are all very good and superior to the Big Two.

Well, I don't eat meat so it doesn't really matter, I do appreciate the older places with the old school feel over a skyline at noon blaring Fox News on 5 TV's

*BaseClogger*
05-11-2011, 08:05 PM
This thread needs more pictures!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2627/3710006051_5960be05ae.jpg

reds1869
05-11-2011, 08:09 PM
Well, I don't eat meat so it doesn't really matter, I do appreciate the older places with the old school feel over a skyline at noon blaring Fox News on 5 TV's

Goldstar now has some meatless chili, so there is your new destination when in town. :laugh:

blumj
05-11-2011, 11:14 PM
This thread needs more pictures!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2627/3710006051_5960be05ae.jpg
Okay, I'm just going to assume it tastes much better than it looks.

Redsfan320
05-11-2011, 11:30 PM
Okay, I'm just going to assume it tastes much better than it looks.

Dude, that pic is extremely appetizing to me... guess its just a matter of preference.

320

RichRed
05-12-2011, 10:02 AM
I'm with blumj. Guess you had to be indoctrinated at a young age, like woy says.

reds1869
05-12-2011, 10:11 AM
I'm with blumj. Guess you had to be indoctrinated at a young age, like woy says.

I didn't discover Cincinnati chili until I was in college and I love the stuff. Of course I also grew up eating what passed for food in West Virginia so take that with a grain of salt.

westofyou
05-12-2011, 10:13 AM
Okay, I'm just going to assume it tastes much better than it looks.

Not with hot dogs, Cincinnati has the hot dog part completely wrong, steamed and soft buns... YEECH.

It's the chili, not the sub standard items they put on it (or the 2 pounds of bland cheese)

westofyou
05-12-2011, 10:16 AM
Goldstar now has some meatless chili, so there is your new destination when in town. :laugh:

Yep, I used to live above a GS, so I've always liked them a tad more... I've had skyline beans and rice, and am interested in trying some GS again someday.

We use the Chili Packets from Krogers with yellow lentils, works great.

bucksfan2
05-12-2011, 11:30 AM
Not with hot dogs, Cincinnati has the hot dog part completely wrong, steamed and soft buns... YEECH.

It's the chili, not the sub standard items they put on it (or the 2 pounds of bland cheese)

I love me some steamed and soft bun'd hot dogs. The kind you get at skyline or at the ball game in the aluminum wrapping are great.

Now if we are talking grill out then yea YEECH.

SunDeck
05-12-2011, 12:25 PM
Camp Washington (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bogray/5150316656/in/photostream/lightbox/) is the best.

Chip R
05-12-2011, 12:30 PM
Camp Washington (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bogray/5150316656/in/photostream/lightbox/) is the best.

Agreed. And I've only lived here for 11 years and I like the stuff. I don't eat it a lot since it's not exactly good for you but every once in a while I'll eat lunch over at Camp Washington Chili.

blumj
05-12-2011, 12:33 PM
Not with hot dogs, Cincinnati has the hot dog part completely wrong, steamed and soft buns... YEECH.

It's the chili, not the sub standard items they put on it (or the 2 pounds of bland cheese)
Nothing wrong with steamed dogs and buns, with Flo's hot sauce.

http://food.sndimg.com/img/recipes/21/86/07/small/pic5voSPd.jpg

Okay, that looks pretty bad, too.

westofyou
05-12-2011, 12:37 PM
I love me some steamed and soft bun'd hot dogs. The kind you get at skyline or at the ball game in the aluminum wrapping are great.

Now if we are talking grill out then yea YEECH.

http://jobspage.typepad.com/coneydetroit/images/2008/04/07/saturday_special.jpg

I grew up eating these Coney's in Detroit, and was introduced to steamed dogs at Tiger Stadium. later on I worked at this place (http://www.topdoghotdogs.com/) in College (No Chili allowed)

In short, I was a hot dog snob at one time.

*BaseClogger*
05-12-2011, 03:58 PM
I just had a couple of Detroit coneys for lunch, WOY. I still prefer Cincy's by a slim margin, but Detroit's chili is a much better topper for fries. You can't go wrong with either, really.

Also, I thought this was something people might enjoy:

YouTube - Blue Ash Chili on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuYw-v9iLA4)

Ghosts of 1990
05-12-2011, 05:34 PM
If I wasn't on a wedding diet, I would go destroy Skyline tonight

CrimsonCrusader
05-12-2011, 06:17 PM
I just had a couple of Detroit coneys for lunch, WOY. I still prefer Cincy's by a slim margin, but Detroit's chili is a much better topper for fries. You can't go wrong with either, really.

Also, I thought this was something people might enjoy:

YouTube - Blue Ash Chili on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuYw-v9iLA4)

I have to disagree, my friend. I went in to take in "the whole experience" (I live in Blue Ash, but never ate there, previously) and, frankly...i was left flat. Didn't like the staff or the chili.