This week’s stop on the chili tour took us all the way out west to Cleves, where we visited Sunnyside Grill on the corner of Wesselman and Harrison. Sunnyside Grill occupies a small cinder-block structure that contains a small lunch counter with large tables in the center and booths lining two of the walls. The menu emphasizes portions — the biggest double-deckers, burgers, etc. you can find. They even offer the $22 WTF burger which includes, among many other ingredients, fried chicken, country-fried steak, and a pork tenderloin. Yes, on the burger. Oh, and they have chili too. 4 members of the chili team made the trip and you’ll find our thoughts on Sunnyside Grill’s chili below.Overall Rating:
The Sunnyside Grill was a welcome stop on the chili tour this week. Today’s lunch would have broken anyone’s resolutions for 2012 at gluttony was the main theme of the menu. At the Sunnyside Grill, the service is prompt and the portions are large. The chili was the closest to homemade that we’ve had on the tour. It was a little sweet for my liking, but it had a pleasing taste and consistency. What I didn’t need was the “never frozen” burger I added instead of fries. Hence the gluttony on a budget as prices were very reasonable. Our party agreed that future visits were in order and I may have found a new food option a mere 10 minutes from my house.
Holy portions, batman! My bowl of chili was fairly average in size, but the cheese coneys were monstrous. My two coneys easily filled the large oval “3-way-style” plate they were perched upon. The massive mound of cheese atop the coneys was unique among all of our stops thus far in that it was very obviously hand-grated from a block of cheddar. This made for large, flat curls of cheese — quite different from the shredded cheese one normally finds atop Cincinnati style chili. The coneys also included a full-sized hotdog, a very generous ladle of chili, large pieces of chopped onion, and a hefty schmear of mustard. They were far too big and messy to pick up and eat, so I devoured them with a fork. While the coney accoutrements were exemplary, the chili just didn’t do it for me, either in the bowl or on a coney. I liked that it was clearly homemade, but it was far too sweet for my tastes — the flavor skewing more towards Manwich than Cincinnati chili. The texture was nice and I had no trouble slurping my way through the bowl but the overpowering sweetness was just too much.
Ben: [Rating TBA]
Sunnyside was a great find and I will definitely go back. The food looked great with massive sandwiches being doled out left and right during the lunch crowd. The chili was juicy and runny on my three way, to my liking, but slightly sweeter I prefer. All in all a solid 6 1/2 for me.