Camp Washington Chili

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Coordinates: 39°8′15.21″N 84°32′16.02″W / 39.1375583°N 84.5377833°W / 39.1375583; -84.5377833 Camp Washington Chili is a Cincinnati chili parlor founded in 1940 by Steve Andon and Fred Zannbus in the neighborhood of Camp Washington, near downtown Cincinnati, in southwestern Ohio. A well known Cincinnati landmark,[1] the parlor is located at 3005 Colerain Avenue and the current owner is the Greek-born John Johnson. The restaurant left its old location and moved to a site a few lots away in 2000, after being told to vacate by the city in order to widen Hopple Street.[2] Their new location is modeled after a 1950s-style diner. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day every day but Sunday. The chili served by the restaurant has won an "American Regional Classic" James Beard Foundation Award,[3][4] and its reputation attracts many locals and visitors. CBS News set out in 1985 to find "the best chili in the nation" and declared Camp Washington Chili as the winner.[5]

Blues musician Lonnie Mack sings a song entitled "Camp Washington Chili".[6][7][8] Food writers Jane and Michael Stern wrote about Camp Washington Chili that "when we crave the best, there is just one place to go."[9]

In 2011, Camp Washington Chili was featured on a Cincinnati episode of the Travel Channel's Man v. Food Nation.

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  1. ^ Sheridan, Margaret. (January 4, 1985) Chicago Tribune Cincinnati-style chili parlor - A sweet success. Section: Friday; Page 16.
  2. ^ Perry, Kimball. (February 22, 1993) The Cincinnati Post Camp Washington Chili going, but bigger one will replace it. Section: Living; Page 1B.
  3. ^ James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award Winners
  4. ^ Martin, Chuck (2000-06-23). "Last order’s up at original Camp Washington Chili". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  5. ^ Bun Voyage, Camp Washington Chili Cincinnati Enquirer; July 9, 2000
  6. ^ Metcalf, Allan A. (2000). How We Talk: American Regional English Today. Houghton Mifflin. p. 98. ISBN 0-618-04362-4. 
  7. ^ Shortridge, Barbara Gimla; John R. Shortridge (1998). The Taste of American Place: A Reader on Regional and Ethnic Foods. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 54. ISBN 0-8476-8507-1. 
  8. ^ Simonds, Dawn (2004). Best Food in Town: The Restaurant Lover's Guide to Comfort Food in the Midwest. Emmis Books. p. 145. ISBN 1-57860-146-0. 
  9. ^ Stern, Jane and Michael (2009). 500 Things to Eat Before it's Too Late:and the Very Best Places to Eat Them. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 245. 

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