This famous Cincinnati diner has been serving up its signature dish since 1949. But it controversially fires up debate nationwide

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All over the country there are old-fashioned food joints that have maintained loyal and devoted customers.

But none is as iconic as this Cincinnati-based diner.

It’s been serving up its signature dish since 1949. But it controversially fires up debate nationwide.

Skyline Chili may just be the nation’s quirkiest culinary expression.

An iconic dinner and an iconic diner

That’s because it is both the signature dish of Cincinnati, Ohio and the name of the Cincinnati-based casual-dining chain that made it famous.

And truth be told, it is nothing more than spaghetti topped with Greek chili and then piled high with shredded cheddar cheese.


Despite its simple recipe, it’s amazingly good and filling and has become the dish most debated in the Midwest.

“It’s weird to a lot of people,” Sherry Tomlinson told Fox News Digital.

Tomlinson’s grandfather and father, Nick and Bill Lambrinides, were two of the co-founders of Skyline Chili.

“People either love it or it’s just not their thing,” she continued. “But people who love it become addicted to it.”

Skyline Chili the dish is ingenious in its simplicity, and Skyline Chili the restaurant has an appealing retro diner-counter vibe.

And the charms of the Skyline brand are compounded by its own unique lingo.

For example, Skyline’s famous spaghetti topped with its “secret-recipe” chili and cheese is simply called 3 Way.

If you want to add diced onion or beans, you order a 4 Way; and if you want both added, it’s simply known as 5 Way.

From Coney Island to Cincinnati

Skyline Chili also offers “Coneys,” with some locations even offering “Coney Kits” for consumers to have at their own gatherings.


That name comes from Coney Island, New York, home of the Coney Island dog and the annual 4th of July Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

According to Skyline’s menu, the short, stubby hot dogs are specially made for the chain.

Coneys are served on a bun with mustard, the house chili and available with or without cheese.

A small 3 Way plus a cheese Coney and soda, cost just $13.09 with tax.

In Biden’s failed economy it remains a real bargain, at least in terms of cost per calorie.

And the fact is, the price is certainly rare in this day and age of Bidenomics when receipts online lately have shown a fast-food meal for one person to go can cost as much as $24.

A marvel of efficiency and good service

Restaurant industry experts marvel at Skyline Chili’s operational efficiency.

At Skyline, everything on the menu is prepared, hot, and ready before guests even walk in the door.

And the food sits in plain view behind the counter as customers place their order.

The spaghetti is cooked to perfection, the chili is hot and stewed, the hot dogs already grilled, and the cheese shredded.

That is why it takes just seconds to fill orders for an entire table of hungry customers.

This great customer service continues the long tradition of satisfying customers Skyline has been known for since its founding.

Nick Lambrinides, an immigrant from Greece, founded Skyline in 1949 along with his four sons.

Tomlinson said she has “no idea where he got the idea” for Skyline Chili but did point out he worked as a cook on the railroads.

To this day, the chili recipe remains a closely guarded secret.

Greek chili is controversial because it’s known for often including unsweetened cocoa, and though the recipe for Skyline Chili is secret, it’s very likely included.

And that fires up chili aficionados nationwide just about as much as whether or not including beans can still be called “chili.”

“All I can say is that my grandpa loved garlic. It was a flavor that was very interesting to him,” said Tomlinson.

But the main ingredient in Skyline Chili, according to its tens of thousands of diehard fans, is its deliciousness.

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