Chili's chain coming to Richmond Hill.
Is anyone excited about this? I personally enjoyed Chili's when I was in the States but we will see if it is as good. I am just tired of seeing all the Kelseys and Boston Pizza's everywhere, I welcome a new restaurant even if it is a chain.
I hardly eat at any of those chains and I didn't even know Chili's was a real place because I knew it as the the hangout on The Office.
I saw it in Banff last year and I while I didn't try the food, they did make a yummy marguerita.
Chili's is a name I see often on those "worst" lists on Yahoo that rank the worst foods and beverages nutrition-wise in the US. Here is a recent example: Chili’s Smokehouse Bacon Triple-The-Cheese Big Mouth Burger with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
150 g fat (53 g saturated)
110 g protein
4,900 mg sodium
You know this burger's in trouble when it takes more than 20 syllables just to identify it. If you think the name’s a mouthful, just wait until the burger hits the table. You’ll be face to face with two-and-a-half day’s worth of fat — a full third of which is saturated. To do that much damage with roasted sirloin, you’d have to eat about eight 6-ounce steaks. It’s nearly three days’ worth of saturated fat.
You'll find more write-ups like these on Men's Health Weekly's site under Eat This, Not That!
There were a couple of Chili's locations in Montreal about 15-20 years ago. The food was not great, and the restaurants closed up within about 5 years.
Geez, I live in Richmond Hill, and can't imagine why anyone would want another US chain - especially one as pedestrian as Chili's - to add to Outback, Montana, Kelsey's, etc. I would like to have more good Italian restaurants to join the many fabulous Asian restos of all kinds. If I want deluxe fare, I can always go a few miles south to Terra, or if it's steak, another few miles to the Octagon. But, frankly, absent some terrific coupon offer, I wouldn't walk across the street to go to Chili's.
I used to go when I was a teenager and we'd go to Florida on holiday -- I really liked the burgers and shakes. Of course, back then calories weren't an issue and it was cheap and cheerful for my family. I think Chili's has its merits -- I'd probably go there before I'd go to Montana's or one of the other chains.