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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Come with me on a full-circle journey

Many moons ago, I tried Skyline Chili. OK, it wasn't that many moons ago. I just have a thing for alliteration. Anyway, I came to Cincinnati for the weekend in Dec. 2004. I had just accepted a position with The Enquirer and I was on the prowl for a place to live. After apartment shopping all day, I looked for a grocery store. My hotel had a schweet kitchenette...

Well, glory be! Do my eyes deceive me? I saw a KROGER!

Big deal, you say. But it was awesome for me! You see, I was born in the Toledo, Ohio, area and I grew up going to Kroger. But when I was 14, my dad's job transferred him (and us, of course) to Cleveland. So for the next 14 years, I had to go Kroger-less. So knowing I would have that big "K" in my life again meant something to me. It's the little things, you know? So I stopped into the store. I had seen a chili joint on every other corner, so when I saw a Skyline 3-way in the frozen food section, I decided to try it. In short, it was terrible.

Fast forward two years. About a month ago, I had a "craving" for Rudy's Hot Dog, the best hot dog place in Toledo. And that's when I realized the hot dogs I crave are eerily similar to the coneys at Skyline. I did a little research and further affirmed my hunch with this article. They're almost identical to the ones I had back in Toledo. I just couldn't see the Rudy's for all the cheese. Coneys aren't the healthiest thing you can use to fuel your body as it is. No need to overdo it with a pound of shredded cheddar... So I had a regular Skyline coney, extra mustard, extra onions, and it was almost identical to Rudy's.

So although I'm in a new town, it's almost home.

I told you it was full circle.


at 10:13 PM Blogger Earl said...

Have you been to Mr. Gene’s Dog House? It's a favorite warm weather spot for my wife. I went there once and thought their dogs were better than the Skyline cheese coney. I'm curious how their dogs compare to Rudy's.

at 9:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr genes is fine. Just dont go down there after 3pm or before 11am. You will get shot at in that neighborhood.

at 3:07 PM Anonymous Bryan said...

You made my day by talking about Rudy's Hot Dog. I am from Toledo as well, they are so good! I like Rudy's chili (which of course those of us from Toledo call Hot Dog Sauce) more than Skyline, but I have enjoy all the cheese Skyline puts on everything. Can't wait to get some Rudy's next time I am home!

at 3:23 PM Blogger Nicci King said...


Shut up! You're from Toledo AND you like Rudy's? We're quasi-family! Another Toledo favorite I miss every now and again: Gino's Pizza. The best EVER!!! The last time I was in Toledo (December) I stopped in to Gino's. They have "Take-N-Go" pepperoni or cheese pizzas! I guess that's to keep up with the demand. I remember those lines used to go out the door. In the winter, people waiting for pies sat in their cars to keep warm...

And thanks for the tip, Earl! I'll totally have to check it out. But not before I borrow Anonymous' bullet proof jacket... Seriously, is it really that bad? Or here's a better question: Are Mr. Gene's dogs so good that they're worth a little bullet dodging?

at 7:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister-in-law (who went to UT) loves all things at Rudy's. She says Gino's isn't as good as everybody says it is, but i have a feeling that stems from the fact that she worked at Papa John's all through college!

at 8:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicci, I hate to tell you (not really), but the expression is "it dawned on me," as in the sun rises and you see the light. To don is to put on, as in clothes.

at 5:17 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

You are absolutely right, Anon. Thanks for the catch.

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