This weeks chili stop took down to Latonia to visit Lynna’s Grill. Possibly our final stop in Kentucky, Lynna’s Grill is located on Winston near Decourcy in downtown Latonia. The small restaurant consists of booths along the outside wall with tables in the center. The large menu is chock full of breakfast, sandwiches, and chili. As our waitress noted, “If we can grill it or fry it, we can make it.” The clientele consisted mainly of retirees, obviously regulars, who bantered back and forth with the friendly wait staff. Is Lynna’s Grill a worthy contender on the chili tour? Read on to find out what we thought of the chili.Overall Rating:
Lynna’s Grill is in Latonia and serves up a full menu of breakfast, grill items, and chili. I ordered my usual bowl of plain chili. Our party of five might have stretched the available amount of chili as my serving was so inconsistently hot it had to be microwave chili. The flavor was good, not great. The crackers were saltines and not oyster crackers. The portions were small compared to most parlors and tiny compared to Gourmet Chili for instance. My Cincinnati chili score is a 5.5. On my next visit to Lynna’s I think I’ll try the breakfast or a GLT – goetta, lettuce, tomato sandwich or an omelette.
The chili had a flavor of its own; not in a bad way. The portions were small, a bit small for the final price. The staff was friendly enough. I don’t think I would seek Lynna’s out for the chili, perhaps more of a diner atmosphere. At least I was able to get chili this week, unlike last week when they ran out (still very disappointed if you can’t tell).
I had no idea what to expect out of Lynna’s, but I was immediately pleased with the friendly, familiar service. I ordered up my usual bowl of chili and cheese coneys and after a bit of a wait was brought two largish coneys and smallish bowl of chili. The chili at Lynna’s is mild, with virtually no heat and a stronger tomato flavor than most of the chilis we’ve tried so far. Nevertheless it was well seasoned and not too soupy, with slightly larger chunks of ground beef than is typical. All in all a perfectly average bowl of Cincinnati style chili. The coneys were on the larger side and sloppy — had to be eaten with a fork. The cheese was thicker, shorter shreds than I typically like, but the generous application of mustard and thick-chopped onions made the coneys a bit of a step up from many other places.
Lynna’s is the ultimate greasy spoon. The locals probably love it as it was doing a decent lunch business. I’m guessing they probably do a decent breakfast. Service was friendly but just ok. 4-way was average and fries ended up home fries vs. regular by accident. Portions were small, especially the home fries. Flavor wise it was again, pretty average.