Chili Time

Chili Time

This week’s stop on the chili tour took us to Chili Time in St. Bernard.  The gang was anxious to bounce back after a disappointing experience the last time out so expectations were high as sat down at the counter.  Chili Time, like many Cincinnati chili parlors, serves a large menu including breakfast and a wide array of sandwich choices — but we weren’t there to sample their double-deckers.



Overall Rating: ★★★★★½☆☆☆☆


Individual Ratings:

Adam: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

I don’t think the staff really wanted us at the counter.  There was a lack of good restaurant service.  Order was accurate without reminders.  Food was average on flavor; I did need to add a second helping of hot sauce.  A little pricy, but the portions supported it.  I am a “maybe” for repeat visits.

Andy: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

A return to my early 20s, Chili Time was a once a week lunch for me when I was working near St. Bernard.  It didn’t fare as well in 2011 though.  4-way portion was good although it would have been nice to have more cheese.  For me there was too much spaghetti and not enough chili which let to kind of a watered down flavor.  Others said the chili was good so maybe this was just a miss by the kitchen this time.  Fries were perfect though.  Price was average.  For the non chili types, they have a pretty big menu ranging from breakfast to lunch specials.

Andrew: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆

As usual I had a bowl of plain with a cheese coney.  Everything was good, but not great.  The chili had nice flavor and a little bit of heat to go along with a meaty, not-too-greasy texture. Like Andy and Ronnie noted with their 4-ways, my coney was a little light on chili and the service left a little to be desired.  Nevertheless Chili Time is a worthy chili purveyor around town and is certainly worth a stop if you’re in the neighborhood.

Ronnie: ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆

This was the first chili stop I went on for the tour. The team let me choose the location and I was hoping for something really tasty. With the name like Chili Time, I just knew it had to be good. The service was alright.  Seemed like everybody was still waking up or just did not want to be there, which is understandable because of how the weather has been lately. It took a little longer then normal to get our food based on how most chili parlors have it right out to you.
The taste and texture of the chili was alright. I was hoping for a little bit more chili on my 4-way. The noodles were a little watery. If I lived close to them I would probably eat there but I wouldn’t make a special trip or revisit.

Stephanie: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆

Chili Time got an immediate leg up on Christofield’s by giving us oyster crackers to munch on while we were waiting for our food.  I had my usual cheese coneys, which were significantly better than last week’s.  The bread was fresh, the hot dogs and chili were hot and the chili had good flavor with a slight kick.  Unlike the others complaint of a lack of chili, my coneys had an excellent chili to cheese ratio.  The fries are hardly worth noting, crinkle cuts that appeared to be cooked well but lacked any seasoning or overall flavor.

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