Site not look beautiful? Click here

Dining

Send me to … The Egg & I

Yes, there’s a reason to put chili on spaghetti

Image
The Egg & I’s spicy Cincy chili can be added to burgers, omelets, dogs and, of course, spaghetti.
Photo: Beverly Poppe

After chastising the chili at the Vegas version of Steak ‘n Shake in January, I received some advice from reader Gina Jones: “If you want Cincinnati-style chili, go to Egg & I on Sahara. That’s the REAL chili spaghetti.” I followed her instructions, and I now have a greater understanding of why Midwesterners or anyone else would use chili as a topping for spaghetti.

Restaurant Guide

The Egg & I
4533 W. Sahara Ave., 364-9686.
Daily, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

At The Egg & I (one of the city’s favorite breakfast spots along with its sister restaurant, Egg Works), the Cincy chili is thick, spicy and rich with flavor. There’s some sweetness from tomato sauce blended with, I’m guessing, cinnamon and/or cloves, and a strong cayenne kick in each smooth, satisfying, beefy bite. Unlike that other thin, bland stuff, this viscous, volcanic treat goes great on top of almost anything, and The Egg & I will add it to omelets, burgers, dogs, sourdough bread bowls and yes, spaghetti. Works for me.

Share
Photo of Brock Radke

Brock Radke is Las Vegas Weekly's food editor and author of the Strip-focused column The Incidental Tourist. He has written ...

Get more Brock Radke

Commenting Policy

Previous Discussion:

  • This menu is interesting and affordable, worth a visit even if the cuisine can be a bit confusing.

  • It’s simplicity that ties everything together within this traditional Cuban sandwich.

  • "It wasn’t just a culinary event. The chefs really got caught up in it, all the elements involved and the sense of place and history ...

  • Get More Dining Stories
Top of Story