Many locals are born and bred on Cincinnati-style chili.
While naysayers may bash the unique taste, Cincinnatians continue to consume more than 2 million pounds of chili each year, topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese, according to Cincinnati USA CVB.
National Chili Day is Thursday, Feb. 26! Of course, the Tri-State is celebrating its favorite meal with some special offers.
Skyline Chili will welcome all Chili-Day babies in the Cincinnati area into the world with a gift – a Skyline bib for the baby and a celebratory Skyline dinner for mom. This marks the third year Skyline has initiated babies on National Chili Day. Babies born at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Mercy Hospital of Anderson and Fairfield, West Hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Good Samaritan Hospital, Bethesda North Hospital, and The Christ Hospital will be celebrated.
Goldstar Chili is celebrating National Chili Day by appealing to your wallet. Gold Star will be offering three-ways for only $3. The offer is open all day at Gold Star locations.
Here are from fun facts about the Queen City staple:
Cincinnati chili pioneers came from northeastern Greece, specifically from a region called Macedonia.
The original Cincinnati-style chili parlor was called "Empress Chili." In 1922, brothers Tom and John Kiradjieff, Macedonian immigrants, began serving their seasoned meat sauce to theatre patrons in a small shop next to the Empress Theatre in downtown Cincinnati.
An employee of Empress Chili left and opened his own restaurant across the river. John Sarakatsannis stopped in at the Empress Chili parlor looking for work. "Put on an apron," the owner told him. Sarakatsannis decided he could develop his own chili recipe and find a location away from Empress so he wouldn't compete. And thus we have Dixie Chili in Newport.