From the shores of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, I bring you the Skyline Coney!
Well, actually, the can of chili is from Dayton or Akron or wherever it is in Ohio that my friend Leah is from (she gave me the can)–but Skyline Chili (Cincinnati-style chili is a thing, people!) originated in the Queen City.
And I feel obliged to stick this right here because we’re talking Cincinnati.
But anyhoo, the classic Skyline Coney is:
And the finished product is topped with mild, shredded cheddar.
The Skyline dog reminds me a lot of the Chili Cheese Every Dog from Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe. There are a bunch of them in the Pittsburgh area.
My friend Gigantor worked at the Cranberry Township HDS for years and years and years. I think he started in high school and just never stopped. Well, he finally left a few years ago. Which is a shame because I was hoping that one day he’d own a Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe and there would be Chili Cheese Every Dogs for everyone! There wasn’t anything fancy schmancy about the joint, but the chili and cheese sauce that they’d put on the fries and the dogs were to die for–and they steamed the buns! They also had fantastic milkshakes and all of the beverages came in plastic cups with hot dog drawings on them.
If I knew that one day I’d be writing about hot dogs once a week, I would’ve kept them all.
But anyhoo, the Skyline Coney is just like HDS’ Chili Cheese Every Dog. And like the Coney Island that I made last year. But the difference is the chili. I opened the can and I smelled–well, it wasn’t pumpkin pie–no, yes. It was pumpkin pie.
Which is just bizarre, to be quite honest. Now, I am familiar with the idea of cinnamon and chocolate (blarg) in chili. I even put a smidge of cinnamon when I make mine. But this was really overpowering. What’s in pumpkin pie spice? Let me look it up…
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice. Yeah. That seems about right. The chili tasted like pumpkin pie spice. But with cumin. And beef.
That sounds gross. The Skyline chili wasn’t gross–it was just odd. But really, when you throw it on a dog and top it with cheese–ain’t a damn thing wrong with that.
Oh, apparently at Skyline spaghetti topped with the chili is a thing. It’s also a thing at HDS–Pastachili! Since I never sampled the pastachili, and I had a lot of chili left, I gave it a go.
Not bad. I just really can’t get over the spices.
I am going to be in the Cincinnati area sometime in 2013 so I might just have to swing by one of the restaurants and give this one another try. Perhaps something is lost in the translation from kitchen to can.