Cincy’s Downtown

Nov 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Eatsboro
Veggie chili on smart dogs

For the meatless diners in your crew there's always the delicious veggie chili on smart dogs.

Being somewhat of a chili fanatic, I was more than glad to grab lunch with Keith at one of downtown Greensboro’s veteran restaurants, Cincy’s Downtown. While Olivia has never been to Cincinnati — I have been once when my airplane had a connection flight that was stranded for 6 hours in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Up until now I had absolutely no desire to return to the area. After trying just one dish of the authentic Cincinnati chili over at Cincy’s I’m preparing for my inaugural chili pilgrimage.

Open since 1987 and nestled across the street from the Woolworth’s International Civil Rights Museum, this charming Cincinnati-style diner  like to call themselves “The second most-famous lunch counter in Greensboro.”

Having never paired spaghetti and chili together before, the wait staff was kind enough to let us sample both their meat and vegetarian chili before we ordered. With subtle undertones of cinnamon and chocolate flavors, the chili managed to keep a very delicious balance of sweet and savory. Their vegetarian chili even had slightly more heat to it than the meat chili. Both styles of chili managed to have enough heat to give it flavor and dimension without distracting from the experience. The Greeks knew exactly what they were doing when they fused those seven spices.

The best 3-way in town

Cincy's boast this dish to the be "the best 3-way in town."

The chili can either be served plain, or “2-way” over spaghetti like it’s done in Cincinnati. You can add your choice of cheese, beans, or onions for a 3,4, or 5-way chili, and depending on how hungry you are, you can order a small, regular, or large portion. Over the spaghetti, it eats like Italian with a little more attitude. Easily, this stuff is the best chili I’ve had in town.

Cincy’s also has a number of sandwiches and burgers for the less-chili inclined, and an impressive number of vegetarian options. The patty melt and pretzel melts are both a bit on the indulgent side, but we were pleasantly surprised to find Cincy’s is fairly health conscious. Most everything on the menu is made in house. Their meat chili is made with lean turkey meat, and even their burgers are made with lean ground beef.

Cincy's gooey moist brownie with one scoop of vanilla

Cincy's gooey moist brownie goes well with one scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

For dessert, Cincy’s offers their housemade decadent brownie, mini sundae, fresh cookies and a fresh cobbler a la mode for $2.50 or under. In our case, this meant a delicious warm brownie and piping hot blueberry a la mode (lucky us).  With an order of 4-way chili and dessert, lunch was still under $10. As far as lunch goes downtown, you can’t beat that.

Cincy’s Downtown
115 E February One Place, Greensboro | Map

Phone: (336) 378-7667

Hours: 11am-2pm Monday- Friday

Pricing: $1-$7

Vegetarian friendly: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Service: Fantastic

Take Out/Dine In: Both

Ambiance: 7/10

Overall Rating: 9/10

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