If you’ve never been to Skyline Chili, you need to go. Skyline Chili is a Cincinnatti-based chain that serves various items covered in, what I believe is, a Greek-style Chili. They are also then usually covered with a blanket of shredded cheddar cheese. The most common items that come so-prepared are hot dogs (that they call “Coneys”) and spaghetti (that they call 3-ways, 4-ways, and 5-ways depending on whether you get beans, onions, both, or neither, added to your dish).
Now, New York has a lot of stuff, but it doesn’t have Skyline Chili. In fact, only four states as of December 2017 have a Skyline Chili. Namely, Ohio (where it started), Kentucky and Indiana (which border Ohio) and then for whatever reason Florida.
When I was growing up, my mom and dad would occasionally take me to the Skyline Chili in Sunrise, Florida. In fact, it was the one place I knew I could get my dad to take us out to eat if I didn’t want to eat at home. And, now every single time I go visit my mom in Florida, we go to Skyline Chili.
And, today we went again.
Every meal starts with some oyster crackers.
It’s never clear if they are supposed to go in anything. They would make some sense if you were eating a bowl of chili. But, I’ve never done that. And, usually just snack on them.
Today, I ordered a 5-way and a coney. It is pretty much what I order every single time I go.
The 5-way usually looks slightly more beautiful than the picture I have below, but I made the fatal error of starting to eat before I remembered to take a picture of it. Which is what we do these days for some reason.
I didn’t make the same mistake with the Coney. Somewhere hidden under that pile of cheese is a very small hot dog, mustard, and chopped onion. As delicious treat for 34-year old Sean as it was for 5-year old Sean.
Finally, as a service to anyone who speaks to you after your meal, you are provided with a York Peppermint Patty. If I handed out Michelin stars, this would be a requirement.