Cincinnati Chili and BBQ

29 May

Just returned from Cincinnati where I had some meetings and attended the Reds vs. Pirates game on 5/27. Reds phenom Jay Bruce made his MLB debut and went 3-3 as the Redlegs defeated the Bucs, 9-6. Bruce got the customary shaving cream treatment following the game as he was being interviewed by FSN. Teammate David Ross was the culprit (as proven by the picture seen below).

I enjoyed some local food traditions while in Cincy. At Gold Star Chili, I woofed down a couple of Chili Cheese Coneys, while at the ballgame I quickly dispatched a Montgomery Inn BBQ sandwich. All were very tasty (as expected). Cincinnati chili is typically spiked with cinnamon and is frequently served over spaghetti & topped with a mountain of grated cheddar cheese. The two top competing chains in the area are Gold Star and Skyline — and both have their own devoted fan base.

The Montgomery Inn has been around for decades and their pulled pork sandwich offered at Great America Ballpark is served with crunchy homemade potato chips. The sandwich was excellent and the pork very lean and tangy. I must say it was the best BBQ sandwich I have had at a ballpark concession stand. And that includes all the time I spent in Texas, Memphis, and the Carolinas. Visitors to the Montgomery Inn through the years have included Presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Selleck, Elton John, Pete Rose, Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Andre Agassi, Arnold Palmer, Mark McGwire, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Bill Cosby, Britney Spears, and of course, their most famous booster of all, Bob Hope.

 

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