K-Dot’s Family Restaurant

5-way at K-Dot's

After what felt like an interminable chili tour hiatus as a result of some Lent-related dietary restrictions on the part of a few members of the chili team, this week we finally hit the road again in search of the best chili in town.  Today’s stop took us back out Glenway to a relatively new diner known as K-Dot’s Family Restaurant.  Housed in an old Pizza Hut a few blocks off of Glenway on Westbourne, K-Dot’s serves up breakfast, sandwiches, and chili.  The interior consists of booths lining three of the walls in the square room, with tables and chairs taking up the center of the restaurant.  The specials on the board today had a distinctive German flavor, including metts, sauerbraten, and mock turtle soup which all sounded quite tasty, but we refrained and ordered up our usual chili.  Is K-Dot’s worthy of consideration among the city’s chili elite?  Read on to find out…

Overall Rating: ★★★★★½☆☆☆☆


Individual Ratings:

Adam: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆

The food was pretty good, flavorful and not bland.  The portions were usual.  The prices were reasonable.  The staff was friendly.  A little bit of a geographical challenge for a regular lunch stop, but if you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit.  I’m also interested in their other menu items too.

Andrew: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Ah, chili time again on a beautiful spring day!  I ordered up my usual bowl of plain, 2 cheese coneys.  The chili at K-Dot’s is a hearty, thick, meaty style chili with arguably the biggest chunks of ground beef floating around in the mix that we’ve seen.  That lent the chili a unique texture, skewing more towards a traditional chili than Cincinnati chili.  The flavor was unmistakably Cincinnati chili, but among the sweetest I’ve encountered and with more of a tomato tang than I’m used to.  It also had a nice zest to it — spicier than many, but seemingly created using a different pepper than most everyone else.  Overall a very unique take on Cincinnati chili.  The coneys, unfortunately, bordered on dreadful.  The biggest problem they had was a lack of chili.  The sparse covering of chili caused the spongy white buns to overwhelm the coneys, making the overall coney experience dry and bready.  Given some of the other items we saw coming out of the kitchen, I’d be hard-pressed to choose to order chili again at K-Dot’s.

Ben: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

I liked the family style restaurant at K-Dots, and the dishes that passed me destined for other patrons certainly looked great.  Their goetta was thickly sliced, their double deckers huge, but the chili was kinda lacking.

Chili: Meaty, not soupy at all.  Lots of flavor, but that’s not necessarily a good thing.  This flavor had a very noticeable tomato, sweet taste.  Not what I typically look for in Cincinnati chili.

Cheese: bagged.  Lots of it, but bagged.

Noodles: OK, not bad, but not writing home about them either.  Just writing here about them.

Hot Dog: Boiled and kind a small.

Buns: Fresh, but not steamed.

Service: Quite friendly and decently fast.

Price: Perfect.

Overall, I’ll give them a 5.  I wouldn’t recommend the chili here to an out-of-towner.

Dave: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Facility: 8
Service: 7
Quantity: 7
Quality: 4
It had an odd flavor. I could not finish my serving.  Since it had a variety of other food it would be worth the effort to go again and try something else.  It is a little far to go.

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