Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cincinnati Chili

For those of you from Ohio, the idea of putting Chili on spaghetti noodles is, well, normal.  I didn't know about ordinary chili until I was in high school, as Cincinnati style chili was a staple growing up.  Leftovers the next day were always coney dogs.  When we travel, I always bring Skyline Chili spice packets back with me to make at home.  However, here in Amman, there are two chains, Chili House and Chili Ways, that are much like Goldstar Chili and Skyline in Ohio.  Except I don't think they have oyster crackers. 

This Wikipedia article gives some info, the most important bit is that four Jordanian brothers started Goldstar in Cinci in 1965.  Chili House was started in Amman in 1985.  Obviously, it's all in the family. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Star_Chili


I actually prefer Skyline to Goldstar, started by Greek immigrants in Cinci in 1949.  I even had a cook-off with a friend here in Amman a couple years ago.  He was from Cinci and preferred Goldstar.  Needless to say, his favorite place to eat in Amman was Chili House.





So, Mommabean, you are invited to our home for chili.  Ahlen wa sahlen. 

~ Um Tulip

4 comments:

a.k.a. Mr. Jeff said...

Oddly, I didn't know about Cincinnati-style chili until I was in college. All I'd ever known was "bowl of red" chili con carne (with beans, thank you). I agree that Skyline is better, but to be honest I'll take either one. Oh man, now I want a chili dog!

Purekrystal said...

I must say I miss Skyline chili,it used to be my by far favorite place to go to lunch to when I lived and worked in the Cincinnati area,and to be brutally honest there isn't much else that I miss from living there except for something that I am not at liberty to talk about here.

abu 'n um tulip said...

Mr Jeff: Have a coney for me.
Purekrystal: What about the incredible museum in the old train station? Love that place.

Purekrystal said...

I don't recall ever visiting it,I do like visiting museums however,and I am glad for you that it is there and that you enjoy visiting it.

The Cincinnati area however is not a place I would recommend for people to go to to live,especially after living in South Carolina for almost 3 years.