Eating together, like being buried up to your necks in the same cube of cement, keeps families together. Build a solid foundation with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of chili and American fare at Empress Chili - Hartwell on Vine Street.
In 1922, Macedonian immigrants John and Tom Kiradjieff began plying actors and patrons from the nearby Empress Theater with a menu of signature richly spiced chili, some of the first made in the famous Cincinnati style. Today, it graces the palates, bibs, and HAZMAT suits of Cincinnatians, with dishes such as the classic three-way with spaghetti, chili, and cheese ($5.49 for a small, $7.19 for a large), or a chili-topped pizza ($4.99). The sizzling two-egg breakfast ($5.69) greets the sunrise with the appetizing scents of toast, home fries, and choice of ham, bacon, sausage, or goetta, and satisfying double-double-decker sandwiches ($5.99) fill lunch breaks with two choices of deli meat. In addition to celebrating Cincinnati cuisine with hometown favorites and dedicated sonnets, Empress Chili - Hartwell introduces taste buds to Greek-style gyros ($4.99) and New-York style reuben sandwiches ($6.99).