We’ve deliberately saved some of the more well-known chili parlors around town for visits near the end of our tour. As we’re winding down with the last dozen or so stops, it was time to start mixing some of those parlors. So with that in mind, we finally headed out Glenway to stop at the West Side institution Price Hill Chili. Located near the corner of Glenway and Guerley Price Hill chili has been serving up their brand of chili to West Side residents since 1962. Inside the restaurant the ramshackle layout is evidence of the gradual expansion over the years that has led to Price Hill chili practically taking over the block, testament to the devotion of its regular patrons. We opted to sit at the lunch counter in the original part of the restaurant. Price Hill chili has expanded to the point where it now has two kitchens, and regulars tell us the chili is better from the original front kitchen and we’re not ones to argue with regulars. So, does Price Hill Chili back up the hype with delicious chili? Read on to find out:Overall Rating:
Price Hill Chili brought their A game today. The word is out in Cincinnati. The Chili Report is out and about and your parlor may be next on the list. PHC and I have a long history. The menu offers much to choose from and the place is a west side institution. Sam’s Price Hill Chili delivers steaming hot chili that is not too greasy, but spicy and meaty enough to be a contender for the Chili Report glory. My usual bowl of plain with pita bread for dipping was just right on a cold and rainy November day. Let’s face it — most chili would taste great today. Price Hill Chili is worth a visit.
The chili is definitely tasty here. Sam has been doing this longer than I’ve been alive and he’s good at his job. I do need to re-calibrate my taste since my order has changed to a bowl of plain only. To be fair, I should revisit my top three, however, I do believe they definitely belong in the top echelon. Highly recommended for repeat visits.
Price Hill Chili is a semi-regular lunch stop for me, but I almost never have the chili as I am a confirmed “Bengal” or “Landmark” devotee. As a result I actually didn’t have much in the way of a preconceived notion of Price Hill Chili’s chili offerings. So I guess you could say that I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the chili I got. My bowl of chili had great consistency, not too watery, and bold flavors. My coneys were in soft buns that held together well, topped with long, finely shredded slivers of mild cheddar. The coneys were a little light on the cheese for my tastes, but those who like a little less cheese than is customary would be well-served with a stop at Price Hill Chili.
I ordered my normal 4-way with onions. The Chili was very tasty and had a good temperature. My only complaint was the noodles could have been strained a little more. The water from the noodles caused the chili to be a little watery (nothing that oyster crackers couldn’t help soak up though). If it wasn’t for the water from the noodles then I probably would have given them an 8.5. Their menu selection for other food looked very impressive. I would definitely pay them another visit.
Price Hill Chili has taken the top spot on the chili tour for me. I have been to Price Hill Chili numerous times before, but surprisingly this was the first time I had their chili. Their chili was extremely flavorful with a bit of heat and a meaty consistence. The chili, hot dog, cheese and mustard all played very well together on the coney. All of the ingredients complimented each other and none overtook any of the other flavors. The cheese / chili ratio was right on point and the bread was fresh and steamed. The cheese fries were tasty as well….even though they do serve up the crinkle cut variety. They were cooked nicely and topped with a healthy dose of freshly shredded cheddar that was left to melt on its own….as with most other places they would have been even better if they had been salted after they were pulled from fryer.