Skyline Chili Is Better Than Gold Star

5 Ways Skyline Chili Beats Gold Star, Every Time

Honestly at this point I don't know how it's even a competition.

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If you are from Cincinnati or have friends from Cincinnati, you know of the city's divide on whether Gold Star Chili or Skyline Chili is better. It can tear apart friendships and families; the divide just never seems to stop. However, I don't understand the comparison because Skyline is obviously way superior to those other guys.

1. Skyline Customers are loyal.

Cincinnatians are super loyal to the things started in their hometown. Just look at Graeter's, Frisch's, and most importantly, Skyline Chili. I worked at Skyline for around two and a half years, and our regulars were honestly the best. We got to know their lives and watched their kids grow up (which was especially fun because it meant less cheese being thrown on the ground for us to clean up — hopefully).

2. Obama visited Skyline  — Not Gold Star.

Former President Barack Obama stopped at Skyline Chili in Cincinnati on July 16, 2012.

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I mean his decision just says it all. Skyline is good enough for presidents, Gold Star just isn't.

3. The Cincinnati Reds sell Skyline.

OK, so the Bengals sell Gold Star, but let's be real here, what is America's favorite past-time again? Oh yeah, that's right, watching a baseball game, Skyline cheese coney in hand.

4. It's not "My Girl," it's "Skyline."

The hit song "My Girl" by The Temptations was famously used in an ad by Skyline Chili and placed the word "Skyline" where "My girl" used to be. I remember singing this in my elementary school music class, and I didn't know there was another way to sing it until I was much older than I'm proud to admit. Gold Star's marketing just doesn't stand up to the challenge.

5. Skyline has more restaurants. 

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Gold Star has a whopping 85 restaurants in the area while Skyline has 152 locations. Keep in mind that the majority of these restaurants are only in southwest Ohio, with some in Kentucky and Indiana. When I was growing up, there were four different, high-quality Skyline locations within 10 minutes of my house, as compared to the one not-so-clean Gold Star Chili.

If you aren't sold, I would be more than happy to recommend going to your local Skyline Chili if you live in the area because I assure you that you won't regret it.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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Food I Loved As A Kid That I Still Shamelessly Enjoy

(If something has a face or a shape, it somehow tastes 10x better.)

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Being a kid was the best: I was able to order from the simple, yet delicious, kids menu, while also having the capability of eating as much kid-friendly junk as I pleased without worrying about developing Type 2 Diabetes. Nevertheless, even though I'm almost 20, I still will never decline a pack of Scooby Doo fruit snacks or some dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets. It's fair to say that my palate has not changed too much over the past two decades. Even though I do get judged at work for eating my PB & J with the crusts cut off, I'd like to think that there's a bit of "kid" left in all of us. So, here are 26 foods/snacks that I loved as a kid, and definitely still love now.

1. Apple Sauce

Preferably cinnamon flavored.

2. Apples and peanut butter

3. Baby carrots

4. Bean and cheese burritos

I occasionally dare to add rice to my bean + cheese burrito now.

5. Cheese pizza

6. Cheeto Puffs

7. Circus Animal Cookies

8. Dino Nuggets

If you don't like Dino nuggets, I'm convinced you're a robot imposter.

9. Fruit Roll-ups/Fruit By the Foot

10. Fruit Snacks

The blue ones were always the best.

11. Grilled cheese

A classic.

12. Jamba Juice

The acidity and sugar content of the drink may destroy my adult mouth, but I still cannot resist once in awhile.

13. Jell-O

14. Juice boxes

15. Mac 'n Cheese

16. Mini cereal boxes

Pops and Frosted Flakes were my favorites.

17. Mini pizzas 

From the one and only Trader Joe's.

18. Pasta with butter and parmesan (shaped!)

My favorite shapes are wagon wheels, and tennis rackets (had them once in France years ago).

19. PB & J

Preferably with the crust cut off.

20. Peanut butter pretzels

Another Trader Joe's favorite.

21. Peppermint Jojo's

And another one.

22. Pigs in a blanket

23. Pirate's Booty

24. Smiley fries

25. String cheese

26. Tater Tots

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