National Chili Day: Top 10 Restaurants for Cincinnati Chili

It’s National Chili Day and we’ve rounded up our top 10 favorite places (with great deals!) to grab Cincinnati-famous style chili!

Blue Ash Chili

Blue Ash Chili is not your typical Cincinnati chili parlor. Since 1969 this premium chili has been made with the same family recipe using only top-quality ingredients. It’s not too spicy and served Cincy-style: cheese coneys, 3-, 4-, 5- and even 6-ways.

Camp Washington Chili

Since 1940, Camp Washington Chili has been proudly serving ”chili-heads” from Cincinnati and all over the world from the corner of Hopple and Colerain Streets, in the heart of Cincinnati’s Camp Washington neighborhood. While our secret chili recipe speaks for itself, there are other ingredients that help make Camp Washington Chili the premier chili parlor in Cincinnati.

Dixie Chili

“Papa Nick” developed his secret chili recipe using only the highest quality ingredients: 96% Fat Free Beef Chuck, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, Bermuda Onions, and 100% Semolina Wheat Spaghetti. He passed the recipe down to his sons — George, Chris, Panny and Spiros — who continue to serve the delicious and nutritious chili Nick served back in 1929, fresh from the kettle, everyday.

Empress Chili

The OG of Cincinnati-style Chili, Empress is where it all began. In 1922, brothers Tom and John Kiradjieff, Macedonian immigrants, began ladling their seasoned meat sauce to theatre patrons and performers out of a small shop next to the Empress Theatre in downtown Cincinnati. Both the Empress name and its legendary chili caught on.

Gold Star Chili

Gold Star is the Cincinnati-style chili known for its 13 secret spices that give real Cincy flavor! Make sure to check out their Cincinnati Chili Week specials.

Pleasant Ridge Chili

Cincinnati chili favorites along with classic diner comfort food and breakfast served all day!

Price Hill Chili

Price Hill Chili may have built its reputation on Cincinnati’s signature dish, but regulars know the double decker burgers, omelets and signature sandwiches are also the stuff of legend.

Silver Ladle

Silver Ladle is a Fast Casual Restaurant specializing in homemade Soups, Chilies, Gourmet Sandwiches, and Salads.

Skyline Chili

Nothing says Cincy like Skyline Chili. For National Chili Day, Skyline Chili is hosting a giveaway with a chance to win a variety of Skyline-themed swag and gift cards. Entries for the giveaway close Thursday night.

  • First Place (10 winners) Skyline Chili Retro Jacket, Large Skyline Chili Cup, Hot Sauce Bottle, 2 (14 ounce) pouch of Skyline Chili, box of Skyline Oyster Crackers and a $50 Skyline Gift Card
  • Second place (50 winners):Large Skyline Chili Cup and a $25 Skyline Gift Card
  • Third Place (100 winners): $15 Skyline Chili Gift Card

The Blue Jay Restaurant

The Blue Jay serves up homemade meals with copious quantities of Cincinnati chili alongside an all-day breakfast, mega-sized sandwiches and hand-crafted pies.

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