As Lauren said, I was a PPMLC interloper yesterday and did try Cincinnati chile. I liked it a lot, good spices and plenty hot, even ordered medium. Rocky and I decided to try the barbecue plate as well; best avoided unfortunately.
I noticed the sign said you could select your choice of beans. Do they cook the beans separately, and just combine the sauce, meats, lentils, with the beans at your request? I like to let everything stew together for a while.
Does the Cincy chili have cinnamon in it? I recall some chili had the sweetness and I was quite surprised at the impact.
I love this thread!
The website gives a more complete description of the different varieties of chili they serve. The short answer is, yes, the chili is meat-only and you choose what you want it served over. I went with a combo of black beans and brown rice.
Per the desription on the site, the Cinci style has cinnamon, chocolate and clove.
My favorite here is Texas chili, medium spicy (plenty sharp for this "mature" palate), over pinto beans (yummy!), with cheese on top and tortilla chips on the side. Oh, and one of those nice sparkling hand-squeezed lemonades they serve. I intend to try the Cincy chili one of these days, as I've heard it too is very good and different from the Texas. BTW, I lived in Texas for a number of years, went to many chili cook-offs, and have to say that Joe's Texas chili is muy authentico! Texans never cook their chili with beans by the way. I do like the addition of pintos, however. This stuff is the real mccoy. You can get it with ground beef, chunks of beef, or combo. I recommend the chunks of incredibly tender beef -- this is the way Texans enjoy it most.