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The Cincinnati Chili Passport is an engagement booklet featuring 11 different local chili parlors with pages to rate the spice level of the chili you try along with the quality of service and more! So even when it's chilly outside, chili-seeking allows you to comfortably enjoy one of the unique perks of living in the Queen City. / Image: Phil Armstrong, Cincinnati Refined // Published: 2.19.18

Eat Your Way Through 11 Local Chili Parlors With The Cincinnati Chili Passport

You don't need to leave the country (nor the city) to make the most of the Cincinnati Chili Passport. And unlike a regular passport, this one isn't required to enter a Skyline and won't get you stranded in Blue Ash Chili if you lose it.

If you don't have a trip planned this year, you can still have an adventure by traveling around Cincy eating different recipes of hometown meat sauce. And even when it's chilly outside, chili-seeking allows you to comfortably enjoy one of the unique perks of living in the Queen City.

But maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. You know what the Cincinnati Chili Passport, right?


The Cincinnati Chili Passport is a striking yellow booklet decorated with shiny gold lettering and an emblem of a flying pig adorned with chili paraphernalia on the front. Inside, the opening pages briefly explain the following:

1. Cincinnati chili history
2. Why Cincinnati loves chili
3. The anatomies of both the coney and the way (with figures for reference)
4. How to use the booklet

The following pages offer up 11 local chili parlors with an original drawing and background info about each place in the chronological order of when they opened. Opposite each intro is a notes page where you rate factors about the parlors, like the spice of the chili and the quality of service.

The notes section prompts you in other ways, too. With whom did you share your meal? Did the place have Peppermint Patties? What was your order? It both documents your time and forces you to think critically about your visit.

Additionally, a "chili thumbprint" box appears at the lower left of the page. Yes, it is what you're thinking; the Passport encourages you to get sloppy by putting your chili-doused finger on the paper to finalize the visit.

A blank template to fill in an additional parlor, a recipe page, and a list remembering long-lost local chili places closes the well-designed book.


Remember that trip you haven't planned? You now have one, and it'll be affordable to boot.

But the best part is you don't have to wait in line at the dreaded DMV to get this particular passport. You're also not stuck with an awkward photo for the next 10 years.

Get it on the Cincinnati Chili Passport website ($16 USD) or in several small shops around the area. The website lists Handzy and Deerhaus Decor as current vendors.

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Still curious? The gallery above will give you an idea of what it'll be like to use the Passport.