City Names

David Bergdahl bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Fri Dec 3 15:38:18 UTC 1999

What sets Cincinnati chili apart is the presencew of cinnamon as one of the

Dieter Burrell wrote:

> Ooooh, how different we feel about Cincinnati chili.  I think it's great.
> And the five ingredients - from bottom to top - are spaghetti noodles, the
> chili itself (ground beef simmered in an unusual concoction of spices),
> beans, chopped onions, and shredded Wisconsin cheddar.  The two qualities
> that set it apart are the spices for the chili/meat layer and the overall
> architecture of the dish.
> Dieter Burrell
> At 05:02 AM 12/3/1999 -0600, you wrote:
> >Joseph McCollum wrote:
> >>
> >> In the sports pages, it's usually "Cincy," "Indy" (not "Indie,")
> >> "Philly," and "Frisco."
> >
> >"Cincy" is for/from outsiders, whether on sports pages or elsewhere.  I
> >think that the inside version is "Cinti". . .  but what would I know?
> >On several trips to that fine city, I remembered a famous feature of
> >Cincinnati cuisine: a dish called "Cincinnati chile".  (It comes in
> >standard variants, which are ordered by the appropriate number from one
> >to five.  As I recall, a "five" had a combination of five elements,
> >including chile, cheese, and macaroni plus two more I foget.  Was one of
> >them a hot dog?) I was proud of myself for remembering this bit of local
> >esoterica on each return.
> >
> >I shouldn't have been that proud.  Each time, I ordered one of the
> >concoctions (probably a number five).  Each time, the first bite
> >reminded me how much I hate the dish.  I think its popularity comes from
> >the fact that it's one dish a six year old can make successfully.
> >That's not much of a recommendation.
> >
> >Several unhappy meetings with Cinti Chili finally taught me to accept
> >anything else rather than order this mess again.
> >
> >-- mike salovesh       <salovesh at>                PEACE !!!
> >
> >P.S.: To add another town to the variant names department: students at
> >Beloit College (Beloit, Wisconsin) get a kick out of calling it "Bell
> >Wah". Their backup alternative is "Turtle Town" (aka "the Big Turtle");
> >Turtle Creek is a noticeable feature of local geography.
> >
> >

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