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Camp Washington Chili

3005 Colerain Ave.
Cincinnati  Ohio  45225
United States
(513) 541-0061
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Judi Ketteler
For an authentic taste of Cincinnati chili, try Camp Washington Chili.

In a town known for its chili (Cincinnati chili, that is), it's saying something to declare that a place stands out from the local chains. Camp Washington definitely does -- not only because the chili is as good as it gets, but also because the place has history and kitsch that you can't replicate. It's been open since 1940, though the original building was torn down when the city widened the street. The newer space is straight from the 1950s: diner-style chairs and tables and black-and-white tile. Like the original location, it's open 24 hours, six days a week. Though they have famed double-decker sandwiches, you can't leave without either a bowl of chili (with or without beans); a three-way, four-way, five-way (spaghetti, chili, beans, onions and cheese is a five-way); or a cheese coney. The chili lacks the sweetness that other varieties of Cincinnati chili have, but it's got the spice. There's a kids' menu for little ones not ready to brave the heat. Sides like a Greek salad are decent, but don't expect gourmet.

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