Chili's Chili

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2005/10/11 15:58:06 (permalink)

Chili's Chili

I know, I know, I know.
Chains suck!

But, I was with friends. And they wanted to go to Chili's.

So, I ordered the chili and a salad.

The Chili, was...not too bad. It was spicy, but not too spicy, more subtle actually. At first, you can taste the spices, but your mouth isn't on fire. By the end of the bowl, you're feeling the heat.

I would've liked a little more cumin, but that's me.

not spectacular by any means, but I enjoyed it.

This Chili's was located in Reading, Massachusettes, next to Jordan's Furniture.

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    hawkeyejohn
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/11 16:28:53 (permalink)
    Chili's used to be much better when they actually served Texas style chili sans beans. Since they sold out to the uneducated mass of humanity who doesn't know real chili from apple butter, they have gone done hill.
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    scbuzz
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/12 09:29:30 (permalink)
    Maybe you should try the Chili at Waffle House !!! I hear its to die for !!
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/12 10:35:46 (permalink)
    Hawkeyejohn - there were no beans in my chili. (not saying it was truly "Texas Chili" though)

    Scbuzz - THAT was funny!
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    cyrano
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/12 11:14:03 (permalink)
    I had chili at Chili's here in Missouri a couple of weeks ago and there were no beans in mine either...and it was actually pretty good. I grew up in Texas eating good chili and I'd go back and eat Chili's chili again.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/12 11:18:36 (permalink)
    Here's some news that might gladden the hearts of a few. Where there used to be four or five Chili's there is now just one. All but one of the places around Columbus have shut down.
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/12 12:33:17 (permalink)
    Are there any reasons in your opinion?
    Like, is it just because the food isn't so good, or did one restaurant get a scathing health report, or is some other restaurant, which presumably is better, pushing them out?

    There was a decent Tex-Mex place in Syracuse, years ago called Margarita's. I think there were 4 or 5 locations. After one location got hit with salmonella, they all started to close. One by one, people just stopped going. They changed their name to Galveston's but it didn't help. The chain was gone.

    Also, I always wondered what happened to Chi-Chi's. The only remnant I see anymore of Chi-Chi's is their bottled salsa at the grocery store. (It's probably been answered somewhere in these forums)

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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/12 12:48:56 (permalink)
    I have no idea why they all closed. I do know it had nothing to do with health reasons, because when that happens around here it's in the newspaper. I've never been to Chili's, so I have no idea what their food might be like. As to Chi Chi's, they began closing after some folks died as a result of eating in at last one of their restaurants in Pennsylvania. Now, there all closed.
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/13 13:18:19 (permalink)
    Well, it's not bad Chili.
    I'm sure that there are better Chili parlor's in many towns, but if there aren't chili places in your hometown, it's not a bad bowl.

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    GordonW
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/14 13:24:25 (permalink)
    I get the Chili's chili and salad, too. It's passable.
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    Oneiron339
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/14 17:00:52 (permalink)
    I enjoy Chili's for the chips and salsa, and cold, cold beer. The food is OK but last week when I decided on chili and a salad - the salad dressing was way too vinegary and the chili was not to my liking at all. I probably won't choose that again. But the beer was still cold.
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/14 18:04:26 (permalink)
    OneIron339: Haven't you seen "When Harry Met Sally?"

    ...always order it "on the side."
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/14 22:26:20 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by cyrano

    I had chili at Chili's here in Missouri a couple of weeks ago and there were no beans in mine either...and it was actually pretty good. I grew up in Texas eating good chili and I'd go back and eat Chili's chili again.


    Living here in Houston I kinda emphasize with/envy you. I used to love a Bowl O'Red without beans. I hadn't gone in a coupla years and the last time I went (mind you, Houston, TX) they informed me they no longer make chili. The waiter said they had moved to other (read profitable) foods. Guess I'll need to go to Missouri.
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    Oneiron339
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/17 17:20:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Scorereader

    OneIron339: Haven't you seen "When Harry Met Sally?"

    ...always order it "on the side."

    One of my favorites - since Katz's Deli is in there. I never order on the side after a few tall, cold ones. But Meg Ryan "on the side" would be interesting.
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    roossy90
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/10/22 18:24:32 (permalink)
    Personally, I hated the chili at chilis.. Kinda like something out of a can, I would never try it again.
    Sorry that I ordered it there....
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/12/30 16:08:27 (permalink)
    Chili's-I founded Chili's and we made everything in house for the first 10 years. I left the company and they switched to factory made products.
    Best bet is to make your own. Try Carroll Shelby's chili mix or Wick Fowlers.
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2005/12/31 13:51:32 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by grillrite

    Chili's-I founded Chili's and we made everything in house for the first 10 years. I left the company and they switched to factory made products.
    Best bet is to make your own. Try Carroll Shelby's chili mix or Wick Fowlers.


    I make chili at least once a month....and serve it over yellow rice..

    I ate at one of the what I think was an original Chilis in Dallas area around 1980... Can't really remember what I had though...
    But the last time I had chili at Chili's was in 2003 in Florida. Yuck..But love their burgers!
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    TJ Jackson
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2006/01/01 22:55:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by grillrite

    Chili's-I founded Chili's and we made everything in house for the first 10 years. I left the company and they switched to factory made products.
    Best bet is to make your own. Try Carroll Shelby's chili mix or Wick Fowlers.
    Err...you founded Chili's?

    You're serious?
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2007/08/02 19:43:31 (permalink)
    update: Today marked the next time I went to Chili's. This time for lunch in Crystal City, VA.
    I got a half turkey sandwich and a cup of Chili. It came with fries. The fried were the best thing.
    The sandwich was 1/2 a cheap hoagie roll with not so good turkey meat (on par with oscar meyer value packs), a thick slice of cheese (best part of the sandwich) some shreded lettuce (I hate when they shred it). The roll was toasted and lightly buttered. All in all - not a great sandwich.
    The chili paled in comparison to the Chili I had in Reading, Mass. It was heatless, chunky meat - a la Wendy's - but too much like wendy's in that it was almost like they used the previous day's hamburger. It was tasteless. The fries were spectacular.

    What a change a couple years make, and a different location. So much for that.

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    Oneiron339
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    RE: Chili's Chili 2007/08/03 07:15:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by TJ Jackson

    quote:
    Originally posted by grillrite

    Chili's-I founded Chili's and we made everything in house for the first 10 years. I left the company and they switched to factory made products.
    Best bet is to make your own. Try Carroll Shelby's chili mix or Wick Fowlers.
    Err...you founded Chili's?

    You're serious?


    This guy says he founded Chili's and then recommends a chili mix? Puh-leeze!
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