Skyline Chili

Skyline Chili

Skyline Chili


When I think back on the "Taco Truck of the Future," it's rare I think of a food truck. I see a skyline. That's because, unlike food trucks of the present — which tend to start and end their schedules in the same location — the future's food truck would operate from above, floating high above and connecting the City of the Future like a bird's nest for those who crave a taste of the country.


The family opened a second restaurant in 1953 and the growth of the business accelerated in the 1960s; by the end of the century, there were 110 Skyline restaurants, mostly in Ohio, but with additional establishments in other states including Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida. Lambrinides died in 1962 at the age of 82, but his sons continued to operate and expand the company. They have kept Nicholas's original recipe unchanged since then. According to William Lambrinides, "Dad always said, 'Don't change a thing with the recipe—don't add anything, don't take out anything, it's perfect the way it is'." As a result, Skyline's version has become nearly synonymous with Cincinnati chili.

Skyline's menu includes their signature dishes: cheese coneys (a hot dog topped with Skyline Chili, mustard, onions, and cheese), and 3-ways (spaghetti topped with Skyline Chili and cheese); 4-ways (choice of beans or onions added), and 5-ways (beans and onions both added). Additional menu items are also purveyed. Skyline's chili, canned chili sauce and frozen microwave meals are also provided in supermarkets, notably at fellow Cincinnati-based Kroger. To outsiders, Skyline doesn’t make sense and rather than try to understand it, most would rather label Skyline as not being worthy of their time or digestive system. However, these people are missing out on the deliciousness offered by a proper cheese coney or a three-way (okay, just calm down). As a native Cincinnatian and someone who loves the bazaar local specialty almost as much as I do little Fiona, the little hippo that was also born in Cincinnati, I believe it's time to get the word out once and for all on this cheesy, chocolatey (not really), chili creation. Now, let's talk Skyline. (Source: www.foodandwine.com)


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