Today we made another trek down Glenway to another Westside chili parlor, Crookshank Chili. We weren’t certain it was still open, so we called ahead. “Crookshank,” answered the voice at the other end of the phone call. We verified they were open for lunch and headed out. After a couple of passes down Crookshank, we couldn’t find it. So we called back for directions. “Patricks!” answered the same voice. Huh? Turns out Crookshank Chili is closed…ish. But in its place is Patrick’s Sports Bar & Grill which keeps the chili tradition alive. Inside an old bank, the decor is traditional sports bar with televisions on every available surface. The menu is also standard sports bar fare, but with the welcome addition Cincinnati-style chili.Overall Rating:
More bar than chili parlor, we ventured out to the former Crookshank chili. Patrick’s “Crookshank” chili has a bar menu with Cincinnati style and Texas style chili. I ordered the Texas chili to sample for the table and a 2 way. The Texas chili was below average for me. The 2 way chili was meaty but not very flavorful compared to Gourmet Chili or Empress. The spaghetti was undercooked for my liking and I stopped eating with half a plate left. I believe Patrick’s is better known for other items on the menu and I would suggest you stick to the double deckers or hoagies. My Cincinnati chili score is a 3 of 10. For a future visit to Patrick’s I will personally look elsewhere on the menu.
We were in route to Crookshank Chili, which apparently doesn’t exist and was replaced by Patrick’s. They do serve chili, but I’m not sure they should have been a stop on the chili tour. The food was a little below average on taste for me. The staff was courteous. The portions were average based on price. Perhaps a good stop for a double-decker tour; they looked ridiculously huge.
We keep finding chili in the strangest places. Patrick’s serves Texas-style chili along with Cincinnati chili — if you’re there to try it, they refer to the Cincinnati-style chili as “coney chili.” I had a bowl of “coney chili” and a couple of cheese coneys. The chili was on the thin side and my first few bites had a bit of a gritty texture that wasn’t pleasant. I did however enjoy the flavor of the chili and was pleased to note that this chili ratcheted up the spice level more than most. My coneys were topped with a terrific fluffy cloud of orange cheddar, sitting atop a massive serving of chili in between the buns. If you like your coneys wet, this is the place for you. I wound up having to eat them with a fork as the sloppy serving of chili completely overwhelmed the buns. Overall…pretty average.
Overall rating: 7