Another week, another stop on the chili tour. This week took us back out to Cheviot where we dropped in on Santorini located on Harrison near Stephens Old Village Restaurant. Inside the brightly-lit Greek-themed restaurant we found a wide selection of tables and booths along with an extremely large menu. The menu features dinners, sandwiches, a large Greek selection, breakfast, and on and on. The chili portion of the menu is as expected, chili by the bowl, way, or coneys. Santorini also offers a selection of homemade desserts, though none in our party had room to try any.Overall Rating:
Santorini in Cheviot is delicious and had an advantage given our visit on a cold rainy day. What chili doesn’t taste good under these conditions? I could name a few but I really enjoyed Santorini’s and my bowl of plain chili with some grilled pita bread to dip. The chili was very flavorful and served steaming hot. It was a little greasy and required a few bags of crackers to balance it out. The menu features some other Greek fare that I would love to try on a return visit. My Cincinnat Chili score is an 8. This is a close second to Gourmet Chili for me.
One of the soupiest chilies I’ve come across thus far — oyster crackers are a must to thicken things up a bit. Flavor and texture were good…I could use a bit more spice but it wasn’t far off the mark. The biggest problem with the watery chili was that it rapidly caused the buns on the cheese coneys to disintegrate. Eat them with a fork or you’ll have a mess on your hands…literally. Despite the soggy buns the coneys were fresh and flavorful. Overall a worthy stop for some chili.
Cheese not very good stuck together
I had a 4-way with onions. It was pretty tasty and the cheese was good. Temperature could have been a little warmer. I also ordered their Greek fries which were steak fries with Greek seasoning on them. The fries were good but nothing to drive out of my way for.
Santorini’s coneys were pretty good, they had a nice cheese/chili/bread/dog ratio. The chili on the coneys had a more meaty consistency than it appeared to have when it was served as a bowl. The Greek Fries were just ok, the fries looked to be cooked well but there was just something off about them….the seasoning was sprinkled on top of the fries, but it was almost like they waited too long to because there was nothing for the seasoning to adhere to on the fries and most of it fell off as you were eating them.