Empress Chili

Chili Team at Empress Chili

Heading out to the West Side again this week the chili team stopped at Empress Chili on Rapid Run.  Empress chili is generally considered to be the first purveyor of Cincinnati-style chili, starting in 1922 at its downtown location across from the Empress Theater.  That location is long gone, but the Empress name and chili lives on in the several locations around town.  Word on the street is that Empress has big plans for opening additional locations, so watch out Gold Star and Skyline!

Overall Rating: ★★★★★★★½☆☆

Individual Ratings:


Aaron: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Empress Chili in Delhi on Rapid Run has been a mainstay for 35 years.  I used to frequent this place in high school when they offered free refills on 3-ways.  I ordered my usual bowl of plain chili and some oyster crackers as I wanted to compare Empress to Gourmet Chili.  The chili here is steaming hot and tasty.  I’ve had Empress where it seemed a bit spicier than my experience today.  It was still very flavorful though and did not disappoint. I added fries and they were crunchy and well prepared.  The service was great!


Adam: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆

The Chili Biddy was average, maybe too young to achieve the title.  My order was accurate without reminders, and timely.  Food was tasty and delicious and the portions were average.  I could repeat visit without too much objection.


Andy: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Another trip back to my youth over to Rapid Run Empress in Delhi.  Back in the 80s, they offered free refills on 3-ways, which, being a teenager at the time, I always said “yes please”.  Fast forward to 2011, The chili was great and the cajun fries were outstanding.  Portions were slightly above average and the waitstaff was on their game.


Ben: rating TBA


Dave: ★★★★★★★★½☆

Quality: 8
Quantity: 8
Service: 8
Facility: 8
Taste: 8.5
Overall: 8.5


Stephanie: ★★★★★★★½☆☆

Chili had a very good flavor.  The coneys were probably the best I have had on the tour to date.  The cheese fries were cooked very well, and immediately topped with a ton of shredded cheddar which melted perfectly.  I would definitely consider a repeat visit to Empress.


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