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The Cincinnati-Kansas City rivalry spills over into the chili parlors

                On Wednesday afternoon at the famed Dixon's Chili, Francine Graham repeatedly tossed spaghetti in hot water and layered it with beef.  She put together what Cincinnatians would call a "three-way."  “Well, that's nice.  We don't actually use those words," Graham said.  Kansas City lingo is a little different.  "It comes soupy, juicy or dry," Graham said.  Visitors sometimes even tell the people at the chili parlor that their chili is like Cincinnati chili, while locals ask the question, "Does Cincinnati have good chili?"  asked customer Phil Haas.  The citizens of Kansas have no idea, but people shouldn't be fooled by the look of the dish.  Once prepared, it's pretty clear, Dixon's is no Skyline.  Many Dixon's customers add ketchup to their chili.  "I put ketchup on it, that's about it," Haas said.  "It's the Kansas City way to eat your chili," Graham said.  WLWT photojournalist Grover Tadlock tried.  “OK, not bad.  I don’t think he has the Bengals snarling,” Tadlock said.  Since Dixon's is just seven blocks from Arrowhead Stadium, employees said Cincinnatians are welcome to taste it themselves, even if Dixon's Chili doesn't win them over.  "There's a strong loyalty with those fans in Cincinnati, so their loyalty will probably stay with their chili and the Bengals," Graham said.
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                <strong class="dateline">KANSAS CITY, Mo.  —</strong>                                           <p>On Wednesday afternoon at the famed Dixon's Chili, Francine Graham repeatedly tossed spaghetti in hot water and layered it with beef.   

She collected what Cincinnatians would call a “three-way.”

“Well, that’s nice. We don’t actually use those words,” Graham said.

Kansas City lingo is a little different.

“It comes soupy, juicy or dry,” Graham said.

Visitors sometimes even tell the people at the chili parlor that their chili looks like Cincinnati chili, while locals question it.

“Does Cincinnati have good chili?” asked customer Phil Haas.

The citizens of Kansas have no idea, but people shouldn’t be fooled by the look of the dish. Once prepared, it’s pretty clear the Dixon is no Skyline.

Many Dixon’s customers add ketchup to their chili.

“I put ketchup on it, that’s about it,” Haas said.

“It’s the Kansas City way to eat your chili,” Graham said.

WLWT photojournalist Grover Tadlock tried.

“OK, that’s not bad. I don’t think he has the Bengals snarling,” Tadlock said.

Since Dixon’s is just seven blocks from Arrowhead Stadium, employees said Cincinnatians are welcome to sample for themselves, even if Dixon’s Chili doesn’t win them over.

“There’s a strong loyalty to those fans in Cincinnati, so their loyalty will probably stay with their Cubs and the Bengals,” Graham said.

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