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Top 10 Chili Parlors in Cincinnati



Whether it’s your first 3-way or you’re ready to get freaky with some Cincinnati style chili lasagna, this rundown is sure to give you a bucket list of chili parlor adventures! Keep on scrolling and bask in Cincinnati’s favorite chili parlors! We identified businesses in the restaurants and food categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning “chili parlor,” then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning “chili parlor.” If a chain appeared on the list more than once, we only included the highest rated location. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of May 6, 2021. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of May 6, 2021.

Blue Ash Chili – Mix things up! Instead of ordering a typical 3-way or coney, try ordering the chili lasagna or a lizard (a coney with a pickle instead of a hot dog)!

Dixie Chili – Move over 3-way, Yelpers love the 6-way at Dixie Chili combining chili, spaghetti, beans, onions all topped with fresh chopped garlic and cheese!

Camp Washington Chili – Camp Washington Chili has been around since 1940! Needing to feed an army? You can actually by Cincinnati Style Chili by the gallon!

Chili Time – Yelpers love the crinkle cut chili fries! Not in the mood for chili? Try one of the double-deckers!

Pleasant Ridge Chili – Be sure to grab some cash before heading to this Pleasant Ridge Chili (cash only). In addition to chili, Yelpers rave over the Gravy Cheese Fries!

Skyline Chili – If you know about Cincinnati chili, you know the name Skyline. This iconic location was recently featured on The Simpsons! Not from Cincy? Yelpers (and most Cincinnatians) recommend beginning your meal by eating the oyster crackers with hot sauce.

Price Hill Chili – Cincinnati style chili and alcohol?! Price Hill chili is one of the few Cincy chili parlors with a full bar! Price hill chili is also open for breakfast where you can enjoy another Cincinnati staple, goetta.

OTR Chili – One of the newest parlors on the scene, Yelpers love the OTR Chili, attached to Rhinegeist Brewery. Yelpers note that even the hotdogs in the coneys are housemade!

Empress Chili – Empress Chili dubs itself “The first edition of a Cincinnati tradition.” Originally downtown, next to the Empress theatre, Empress Chili began serving chili in 1922! Now, Empress Chili continues the tradition in Alexandria, Kentucky!

Gold Star Chili -We hope this list has provided you with a broader question than the age-old “Skyline or Goldstar” debate, but let’s be clear… Goldstar is on the list! Order online directly through their website. Looking for something different? Try the parmesan fries!

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