Christofield’s Family Restaurant

Our second stop on the chili tour takes us to historic downtown Dayton, Kentucky where we visited Christofield’s Family Restaurant. Christofield’s was founded in 1939 by the Christofield family and until recently was known as Dayton Chili. Christofield’s has the requisite lunch counter opposite the grill and steam table with a large mural on the wall depicting a 50’s sock-hop in a local diner. In addition to chili, Christofield’s serves up a full menu of sandwiches and breakfast foods.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆


Individual Ratings:

Aaron: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Christofield’s delivered about what I was expecting from previous visits.  My last vist to Christofield’s was when it was called Dayton Chili a few years ago.  I remember they had a good breakfast and average chili.    I ordered my usual bowl of plain chili ($3.25) and some oyster crackers.

The chili was meaty, cheap and warm enough but not steaming hot.  On Wednesday’s they promise $.75 dine in coneys — limit 10.  What it lacked in price it also lacked in flavor.  After Gourmet Chili last week, I feel like Christofield’s just served me yesterday’s canned chili.  The staff was friendly and cleanliness was average for a greasy spoon.  Upon a return visit, I’d suggest the breakfast.

My Cincinnati chili score is a 3 of 10.  I’m basically giving +1’s for price, friendliness, and chili parlor history.  I just can’t add anything else for flavor.

Adam: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

The staff was okay, nothing out of the ordinary.  Order was accurate without reminders.  Food was bland and haphazardly prepared, tasted like canned chili.  Cheap on price, but portions reflected it.  I would not recommend for repeat visits.

Andrew: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

I ordered my usual bowl of plain with a cheese coney.  At first I was impressed with the meatiness of the chili — definitely a step up from the watery chili served at a lot of places around town.  Unfortunately my initial delight was quickly tempered by the fact that the chili had very little flavor.  It isn’t just that there wasn’t any heat to it — Cincinnati chili isn’t known for being particularly spicy — it was just an overwhelming lack of seasoning that, combined with a slightly odd oatmeal texture, led to a decidedly underwhelming experience.  I had hoped that perhaps the chili would present better as part of a coney, but sadly it just made for a rather bland cheese coney as well.

Andy: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

4-way portion was “kids sized” at best with a sprinkling of cheese.  Chili had an odd texture for me and was mild.  Fries were typical and were the highlight.  Price was reasonable

Dave: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

I rate this place a “4”. Very bland and not that hot. Buns were dried out.

Stephanie: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

I had cheese coneys with no onions and cheese fries.  I was happy to see that they had “normal” not crinkle cut fries, they cooked them fairly well (not mushy or burnt) and they did not microwave them to melt the cheese, so the fries stayed crispy (rating of 5 on the cheese fries, if they had salted them they probably would have gotten at least a 6).  The coneys were just there, the bread was not very fresh and neither the hot dogs or chili were hot, overall flavor was ok (rating of 3 on the coneys).  Averaging the 2 ratings, they ended up with a 4.

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