Dixie Chili has a long history in my family. The original location opened in Newport, KY and is still open. Most of my extended family still lives in the area. Every visit includes at least 2 trips to the iconic location.
From the website:
“Founded in 1929 by Nicholas D. Sarakatsannis, Dixie Chili set the standard for quality food at reasonable prices. “Papa Nick” developed his secret chili recipe using only the highest quality ingredients: 96% Fat Free Beef Chuck, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, Bermuda Onions, and 100% Semolina Wheat Spaghetti. He passed the recipe down to his sons — George, Chris, Panny and Spiros — who continue to serve the delicious and nutritious chili Nick served back in 1929, fresh from the kettle, everyday.”
Basically three options exist for us; coneys or chili, or both. Coneys are hot dogs with chili, mustard & cheese. Chili can be plain or eaten as a 3-way (chili, spaghetti & cheese) all the way up to a 6-way (chili, spaghetti, cheese, onion, beans, and garlic)
It’s a place that not only has great food, but memories of family and good times together.
It’s more than a restaurant for my family. It connects us to memories of the past and new experiences in the present.
And we always leave with cases of canned chili to take home.