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Chili's chain coming to Richmond Hill.

callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 08:57 AM

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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    fleisch RE: callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 09:30 AM

    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.

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      currycue RE: callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 09:41 AM

      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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        1sweetpea RE: currycue Apr 13, 2009 09:58 AM

        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!

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          Muffin__Top RE: 1sweetpea Apr 13, 2009 10:07 AM

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

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            dannyboy RE: 1sweetpea May 27, 2009 06:51 AM

            holy crap!!!!

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          Tatai RE: callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 10:14 AM

          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.

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            KevinB RE: callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 10:45 AM

            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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              foodyDudey RE: KevinB Apr 13, 2009 10:52 AM

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

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                KevinB RE: foodyDudey Apr 13, 2009 11:44 AM

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

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              Arcadiaseeker RE: callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 11:04 AM

              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.

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                abigllama RE: callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 11:09 AM

                I'm very excited about this, Chili's is one of my fave of the US chains. Unlike Friday's which can vary widely from location to location, Chili's is always fairly consistant. Also exciting that something other than another Jack Astor's or Milestone's is opening in the GTA. I'm a big fan of their mini-tostada style nachos and had a plate of them after skiing in Banff last year.

                I have that Men's Health book. Pretty much any chain has several of what they call a "weapon of mass destruction" fat bomb on the menu. If trying to eat well common sense would generally keep you away from a burger with "bacon and triple-the-cheese" in the title. The book is interesting but hardly shocking to learn a plate of fries smothered in melted cheese and bacon with ranch dressing on is not a healthy meal choice.

                1. Dr Butcher RE: callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 11:18 AM

                  It's a lot of the same type of stuff you can find at Jack Astor's, Kelsey's, Casey's etc. Nothing earth shattering. Their chicken fingers (at least in the US) reminded me of Soo Gai.

                  1. Charles Yu RE: callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 11:41 AM

                    Any idea where in Richmond Hill? The place is pretty big!

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                      abigllama RE: Charles Yu Apr 13, 2009 12:43 PM

                      Quick google search turned up that it's in the Colossus Centre in Woodbridge.
                      21 Colossus Drive
                      Woodbridge, ON L4L 9J8
                      (905) 264-9977‎

                      I'd forgotten that I had a mild Chili's skillet queso addiction back when I worked in the states. The difference between this and the Canadian chains that seem to multiply is I'd actually go out of my way for a few things on the menu. Nothing particularly earth shattering on the menu but some tasty Tex Mex apps that go down well with cold beer.

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                        Teffub RE: abigllama Apr 13, 2009 04:24 PM

                        Drove by today and I saw that they have a coming soon sign and are hiring staff...

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                      juliewong RE: callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 05:31 PM

                      It is sad that we can't get a family run tasty mexican/cali border resto in the GTA but a Chili's can open. Even sadder that the go to places for the majority of folks are the chains. My family lives in Northern Ontario and lets face it - no restos however there is no excuse for southern ontario and yet they proliferate in the burbs - and people go and comment on how good they are. Just sad.

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                        Teffub RE: juliewong Apr 13, 2009 05:34 PM

                        When I see the TV ads for Chilis on television, and it looks so great, I remind myself that if I lived in Buffalo, the TV ads for Kelseys would look great too.,..

                      2. mlukan RE: callitasicit Apr 13, 2009 05:56 PM

                        Gross, they have been in Calgary forever and its no better than BP's or Kelsey's. I can't see myself getting excited about too many American chains. Bring on more mom and pop joints that actually make everything in house, that's something to get excited about.

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