Tell Me You’re From Cincinnati Without Telling Me You’re From Cincinnati

If you're from the Queen City, you know many things to be true: Cincinnati-style chili is a delicacy, our bridges suck, our pride runs deep for our sports teams — no matter how many times we've been burned. Wondering how to tell people you're from Cincy without saying you're from Cincy? Here's a few things we can all agree on.

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You knew Jerry Springer as “mayor” before the host of The Jerry Springer Show.
A local celebrity. 
Photo: Facebook.com/TheJerrySpringerShow

You knew Jerry Springer as “mayor” before the host of The Jerry Springer Show.

A local celebrity.
Photo: Facebook.com/TheJerrySpringerShow
You’re familiar with the age-old question, “What highschool did you go to?”
It doesn’t matter if you’re fresh out of college or 55, the question still stands. 
Photo: Facebook.com/STXHS

You’re familiar with the age-old question, “What highschool did you go to?”

It doesn’t matter if you’re fresh out of college or 55, the question still stands.
Photo: Facebook.com/STXHS
Or the other classic, “Skyline Chili or Gold Star?
No matter which you favor, Cincinnati-style chili is a local delicacy that will be defended to the grave. 
Photo: Provided

Or the other classic, “Skyline Chili or Gold Star?

No matter which you favor, Cincinnati-style chili is a local delicacy that will be defended to the grave.
Photo: Provided

You know Blake Maislin’s phone number by heart.
444-4444
Photo: Google Maps screengrab

You know Blake Maislin’s phone number by heart.

444-4444
Photo: Google Maps screengrab
You’re familiar with experiencing all four seasons in one week, or sometimes even one day. 
And your closet is prepared. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

You’re familiar with experiencing all four seasons in one week, or sometimes even one day.

And your closet is prepared.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

You have at least one friend who claims to have been in the abandoned subway tunnels.
It’s the ghost of what could have been. 
Photo: Nick Swartsell

You have at least one friend who claims to have been in the abandoned subway tunnels.

It’s the ghost of what could have been.
Photo: Nick Swartsell
You recognize that “blue” is a flavor of creamy whip.
And the very best is found at Kings Island. 
Photo: Facebook.com/VisitKingsIsland

You recognize that “blue” is a flavor of creamy whip.

And the very best is found at Kings Island.
Photo: Facebook.com/VisitKingsIsland

You know how to spell Cincinnati (with one “t,” thank you very much).
It's misspelled so often by outsiders that there's even a great Twitter account called 
"It's spelled 'Cincinnati.”
Photo: @BGRFLCKR

You know how to spell Cincinnati (with one “t,” thank you very much).

It's misspelled so often by outsiders that there's even a great Twitter account called "It's spelled 'Cincinnati.”
Photo: @BGRFLCKR
Goetta is a breakfast essential. 
Another local delicacy, the meaty creation is made with sausage and oats and is pronounced “geh-ta,” but if you’re from the Queen City, you already know that. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Goetta is a breakfast essential.

Another local delicacy, the meaty creation is made with sausage and oats and is pronounced “geh-ta,” but if you’re from the Queen City, you already know that.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
You’ve played hooky on Opening Day to watch the parade and cheer on your team.
It’s a holiday, OK? 
Photo: Paige Deglow

You’ve played hooky on Opening Day to watch the parade and cheer on your team.

It’s a holiday, OK?
Photo: Paige Deglow