Jon and I used to be ambassadors of Skyline Chili. We are not embarrassed to admit it (well, maybe a bit embarrassed when people learn we had our picture up in the entrance way and our own “ambassador plates” to eat our three-way chilis). Skyline bestowed this title upon us back when we were young pups with no kids and lots of time. Now we go into Skyline and we are granted no privileges; we are just another family in the crowd eating oyster crackers as we wait for our food.
But that is ok with us. We like the relaxed atmosphere, the oyster crackers as appetizers, and the hotdogs with cheese. Mario typically eats 2 of them before we leave (which is huge for Mario). Maria typically eats one hot dog and a chili spaghetti. They love the place, and may one day get our title back for us. They especially love the Oreo cookies that they get as a special dessert at the end of the meal (I admit, I am rather jealous although Jon gives me a quarter from his pocket so I can get Reese Pieces out of the dispenser).
But Jon found another, cooler dive for us to head to when we are craving dogs. A little hole in the wall on 4th Avenue downtown called Dirty Franks (http://dirtyfrankscolumbus.com/). They have hot dogs with anything you can imagine spread on them. Maria has fallen in love with the Octodog (macaroni and cheese with a hot dog shaped as an octopus). Mario likes a plain dog with cheese on it. I love the beanie weenie (baked beans with a hot dog and cheese and onion). Jon typically gets a dog with sauerkraut or one with pickles or fries on it. We also get the hush puppies with chili and cheese, which could subside anyone’s late night, hung-over cravings. The walls are filled with artwork of famous singers like Michael Jackson and Prince (the only two I recognize). Maria always asks me why Michael Jackson looks white when he is brown. Mario loves all of the pictures of crazed looking rockers, especially the one with blood out of his mouth. We find a new piece of artwork each time we go (keeps the kids busy!).
I am thinking that Skyline may have to miss us for a bit while we frequent our Dirty Franks establishment. Although, I do find myself craving that Cincinnati chili every once in a while – a girl can leave Cincinnati but Cincinnati can’t leave the girl!