AZ and I took the long long walk three blocks away to give Cinners, the newly opened Cincinnati Chili Parlor cum Cocktail Lounge in our neighborhood this evening. I was a little concerned - the Yelp! page for Cinners started somewhat negative on the service, but improved in the days after the launch. And then the Reader picked up and did a profile of Tony Plum, the owner. Would it be crowded and slow? Slow and crowded?
Thankfully for these hungry diners, it was not crowded. The service was a little leisurely - still showing the signs of trying to get the front and back of the house fully organized - but not out of line with expectations. Pretending you're european helps.
The chili was in line with expectations. Not spicy, not too sweet. A bit of the cocoa and cinnamon notes in the flavor. The meat was a bit coarser in grind than I'd expected.
I opted for the coney (after some urging from ex-natives), albeit without bread or cheese in keeping with my diet, and an order of the chili fries, sans cheese. AZ went for the classic three-way.
AZ has pronounced her meal most satisfying, perhaps a bit overfilling (shockeroo!). My coney was served as expected, easily consumed with utensils. The chili fries were a bit of a disappointment - cooked more to the heat and texture of home fries, rather than the consistently satisfying crunch of a nicely cooked fry. Nothing that would stop me from polishing off the plate, of course.
In summation - Cinners is a welcome addition to our neighborhood, though poised to become too famous to be a truly neighborhood place. A small price to pay, as long as I can get a table.
For those jealous, AZ points out that people who move to Boston can always 'eat baked beans.'
It must be going around.
Hot on the heels of Mike's recent interest in Cincinnati Style Chili comes the news relayed to me that Cinners, a 'nati style chili has opened just 3 blocks from our home in Lincoln Square.
Open Late. Look for AZ and us there soon.