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Apr 13, 2009 08:57 AM

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.

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    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.

    1. Had their "food" twice passing through airports in the US. Not impressed. Straight from the freezer into the deep fryer. Next!

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      1. re: currycue

        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
        2,040 calories
        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!

        1. re: 1sweetpea

          I'd like to not die of a heart attack!!

        2. 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.

          1. 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.

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            1. re: KevinB

              You mentioned he Outback, but all the Ontario locations closed a few weeks ago.

              1. re: foodyDudey

                Well, thanks for the news; I have only been twice so I wouldn't have been aware.

            2. 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.