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.