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THE GOLD STAR STORY

We serve up small batch, Cincinnati-style chili and fresh, hot 100% American beef burgers crafted by hand and made to order. Our chili is cooked in small batches to ensure the quality, flavor and texture are perfect, every time. And the burgers? Well, they really are from flat top grill heaven – juicy, perfectly cooked and even better when topped with our famous chili.

The Gold Star story begins in 1964 when the Daoud brothers, Dave, Charlie, Frank, and Basheer, raised the money to purchase Hamburger Heaven – a successful hamburger restaurant in Mount Washington, on the East side of Cincinnati. As one of the few restaurants in that part of town serving Cincinnati-style chili, the brothers seized the opportunity to perfect the flavor and spice of their chili and make it truly unique.

Inside a Goldstar Chili

To get flavor this big, you’ve got to think small

As a young boy, Dave would accompany his mother to the spice market in their native country of Jordan, watching her carefully select the most flavorful spices. For the new recipe, he also sought the best spice suppliers and tweaked the original recipe until they created a recipe they all loved. The new recipe was an instant success, and chili sales quickly doubled.

In 1965, they changed the name of their restaurant to honor their delicious new recipe - Gold Star Chili. Today, we still make our chili in small batches with the same hand-blended spices from 13 countries, selected at the peak of freshness. The Gold Star recipe is still secretly guarded, and to this day has only been entrusted to THREE people.

It’s this commitment to quality that ensures every Coney, Way, or Chili Burger is a delight to you and your family. It really is always fresh, never frozen. Always thick and meaty. It’s Cincinnati-style chili at its finest, however you choose to enjoy it!

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