Hometown Favorite [Chili] – Gold Star Chili
“Gold Star Chili was founded in 1965 by the four Daoud brother – Frank (my father), Dave, Charlie, and Basheer. They came over to the states in 1958 seeking higher education – my father Frank graduated from the University of Cincinnati. The USA really provided a land of opportunity for my family and is a great story of success. One of my father’s favorite stories to tell is when he arrived to New York after a 30+ day boat ride that he didn’t have enough money to get a Greyhound bus ticket from New York to Cincinnati. Therefore he had to trade his watch to the teller for the ticket. Till this day my dad is still convinced that the watch might have even been broken. Fast forward to the 1980’s Gold Star Chili now had 100 locations and was well established as a Cincinnati Brand. Our first location was in Mt. Washington.
Since our birth we have been a part of Cincinnati history in many ways. We have become one of Cincinnati’s most recognizable brands. There are not many Cincinnati people who haven’t heard of Cincy Chili or Gold Star Chili. Cincinnati Chili is our hometown food and the food that put Cincinnati on our Nations culinary map and how proud we are to be contributors to that.”