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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods


The first Chili's opened in Dallas, Texas, in 1975.  Since then the company has grown and has restaurants all over the U.S. and the world.  This particular day, we decided to lunch at the Chili's in South Portland, Maine, not far from the Maine Mall.


There are tables and booths in 4 different rooms, which gives a cozier feeling than if the place was just one huge open area.  One room has a full bar and high tables for those who like sitting on barstools, while the rest have the standard leather bench booths as shown above and some movable tables for accommodating large parties.


We started off with salsa and a basket of their tortilla chips.  The chips were thin,, light, and not too salty; the salsa was spicy with just enough tang to it to make it interesting.  We were there on Veteran's Day and were surprised to learn that veterans could eat free on November 11th.  There was an abbreviated menu of freebies, including tacos and sandwiches.


We quenched our thirst with lemonade; I chose the strawberry lemonade, while Mr. Eva stayed with the traditional.  My lemonade was a delicious blend of strawberry and lemon, really quite a treat.


We both chose the same lunch combo:  half a California Club sandwich, accompanied by french fries and a bowl of chili.  The chili wasn't as hot temperature-wise as I usually like, but in fairness, the place was mobbed, so I cut them some slack on that.  The chili was meaty with beans and some cheese on top, but not as spicy as I would have expected.  The fries were good, but not outstanding.

This picture of the sandwich from their website gives you a better shot than I took.. As you can see, it was made with turkey, ham, bacon, tomato, lettuce, Swiss cheese and avocado, on toasted wheat bread.  For a half sandwich it was HUGE and really hit a home run with both of us!

I'd like to go back one of these days and try those mouth-watering ribs they keep showing on the television ads!

Note:  I was not compensated for this review; I paid for my meal, although Mr. Eva's was free because he is a veteran.  The manager and staff were totally unaware that I was doing a review.  The opinions are mine alone.

EVA

19 comments:

River said...

Restaurants all over the world?
Nice to know someone else is spreading besides MacDonald's.

Chilis looks like a nice place, decor is kept simple and clean, no unnecessary fussy bits. The food looks good too and I like the sound of the ribs you want to try, looking forward to pictures of those.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

It's approaching lunch time as I read this, and needless to say - my mouth is watering. :)

Brian Miller said...

chilis is a fairly good place....eaten there before...cool that they had the eat free on veterans day....

rosaria said...

I can't resist their burgers! Fortunately for us, the closest Chili is in Eugene, 300 miles away.

Pat said...

I like Chili's. I think they have good food - love their chips and salsa.

Jennifer Kley said...

I just stumbled upon your blog on a lazy Sunday and I love it...though I'm not near retirement yet. I salivate over retiree's lifestyles...Office work bites.

Kristina P. said...

Nothing like good old Chilis. I love their mini burger.

tsonodablog said...

Loves me some Chili's! And their ribs are scrumptious.

Eva Gallant said...

Sheila: You are welcome to drool here every Sunday!

rosaria: The do serve a great burger!

Jennifer: You don't have to be a retiree to be a regular here! Welcome!

terri: I haven't had the ribs in a while... hope to have them again soon!

Al Penwasser said...

Yeah.....Chilis! That's what I'm talkin' 'bout. We even have them here. It makes my belly big.

qandlequeen said...

I've had some decent food from Chili's. It's been a while since I've been there though.

ipenka said...

Chili's is a fun place to eat drink and hang out. Plus the portions there are huge. Yum...

Eva Gallant said...

ipenka: I agree!

The Frisky Virgin said...

Chili's is yummy! I could devour the chips and salsa! lol

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: They do have the best chips!

Unknown Mami said...

I've never been. It's nice that they were offering free meals to veterans.

Tara R. said...

Chili's is one of my favorite restaurants.

Keetha Broyles said...

There's a salad at Chilli's that I adore - - - I think it's called the chicken quesidilla salad - - - or something like that. IT IS TO DIE FOR!

Vidya Sury said...

I'd love to visit that place. Thanks so much for sharing, Eva. Merry Christmas!