A burger joint in St. Louis is bringing a Queen City spin to its menu.
Hi-Pointe Drive-In boasts a Cincinnati-style slider hotdog among its rotating collection of specials. Most recently offered on Jan. 25, the dog is a short Nathan’s frank smothered in chili and cheese.
Adam Pritchett, Hi-Pointe’s executive chef, created the dog as a tribute to the years he’d lived in Loveland.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Cincinnati,” Pritchett tells CityBeat. “I was always a big fan of Skyline [Chili] and Gold Star [Chili]. The Cincinnati chili is kind of loose and it’s got that little pinch of cinnamon, so we did that, and then the good old-fashioned, paper-thin angel hair cheese.”
The Cincinnati slider is part of a trio of location-based dogs that also includes New York and Chicago homages. The dogs fit right in on Hi-Pointe’s menu of unexpected or over-the-top flavors, and Pritchett says the reaction has been positive.
“When we do stuff like that, people go crazy, especially over the sliders where they get to try different things,” Pritchett says.
The Cincinnati slider will return periodically to Hi-Pointe’s menu, just as Pritchett says a return visit to Cincinnati may be in his future.
“I lived there when they imploded Cinergy Field, and I’ve always wanted to go back and check out the new baseball stadium,” he says.
Hi-Pointe has two locations in St. Louis. For more information, visit hipointedrivein.com.