Skyline Chili in running for best regional fast food chain in nation

Will Kreznick

Skyline Chili is a Cincinnati icon and it’s now in the running for the best regional fast-food chain in the nation.Skyline Chili, which was established Oct. 8, 1949, is among several other fast-food chains in the USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021 Poll.No matter where you live, there’s one fast […]

Skyline Chili is a Cincinnati icon and it’s now in the running for the best regional fast-food chain in the nation.Skyline Chili, which was established Oct. 8, 1949, is among several other fast-food chains in the USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021 Poll.No matter where you live, there’s one fast food joint that you can only get in your region and often crave when you’re away. USA Today says they feel each 19 fast food joint listed in its poll should be offered nationwide, but are only available by traveling if you are away.Among Skyline Chili in the poll is Cook Out, Culver’s, In-N-Out Burger, Whataburger and more.Voting is open until Monday, April 12 at noon. Winners will then be revealed on Friday, April 23.As of Tuesday, Skyline Chili is in fourth place. Click here to vote for Skyline Chili in the poll.The first Skyline restaurant was located in Price Hill on Cincinnati’s west side. The diner was located at the intersection of what is now Quebec Road and Glenway Avenue and named Skyline after the diner’s panoramic views of downtown.Founder Nicholas Lambrinides was born in Kastoria, Greece, and emigrated to the United States in 1912. He brought his family recipes with him.As a child, Lambrinides watched and learned as his mother prepared her unique blend of flavors — it’s that magical blend that eventually led Lambrinides to his secret recipe for Skyline Chili.Lambrinides worked at Empress Chili — the first largely successful chain serving Cincinnati chili — and later opened his own store in 1949.The rest is history, as Skyline expanded across the area, now with dozens of restaurants across Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Florida.

Skyline Chili is a Cincinnati icon and it’s now in the running for the best regional fast-food chain in the nation.

Skyline Chili, which was established Oct. 8, 1949, is among several other fast-food chains in the USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021 Poll.

No matter where you live, there’s one fast food joint that you can only get in your region and often crave when you’re away. USA Today says they feel each 19 fast food joint listed in its poll should be offered nationwide, but are only available by traveling if you are away.

Among Skyline Chili in the poll is Cook Out, Culver’s, In-N-Out Burger, Whataburger and more.

Voting is open until Monday, April 12 at noon. Winners will then be revealed on Friday, April 23.

As of Tuesday, Skyline Chili is in fourth place. Click here to vote for Skyline Chili in the poll.

The first Skyline restaurant was located in Price Hill on Cincinnati’s west side. The diner was located at the intersection of what is now Quebec Road and Glenway Avenue and named Skyline after the diner’s panoramic views of downtown.

Founder Nicholas Lambrinides was born in Kastoria, Greece, and emigrated to the United States in 1912. He brought his family recipes with him.

As a child, Lambrinides watched and learned as his mother prepared her unique blend of flavors — it’s that magical blend that eventually led Lambrinides to his secret recipe for Skyline Chili.

Lambrinides worked at Empress Chili — the first largely successful chain serving Cincinnati chili — and later opened his own store in 1949.

The rest is history, as Skyline expanded across the area, now with dozens of restaurants across Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Florida.

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