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When did Chili's Stop Giving Tortilla Chips and Salsa to Customers?

Last night the S/O and I went out to dinner..We had flooding in the dining room--the floor needs to be replaced, so we just decided to go out for a quick bite. We don't go out to dinner often--we like to save our dining out nights for special occasions at non-chain restaurants. That being said, we were having a nice time--but while waiting for our appetizers, the server didn't give us the chips and salsa that used to come with Chilis' gratis. Also--and I remember going to Chili's when my kids were young..and the food was much more of a Mexican/tex mex blend. Is it me--or has the menu gotten more bland?
Just wondering if anyone feels the same. Thanks for any response!

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  1. My first visit to a Chili's over 6 years ago, I never got any freebies like chip and salsa. Always had to order it.

    1. I used to go to Chilis back in my college days (15-18 years ago) and we never got we chips and salsa for free. And the menu was never tex-mex. Are you sure you're not thinking of Chevys? Chilis has always been standard American chain food - burgers, chicken fried steak, etc. Yes, they had a couple Mexican style options, like nachos but I would never classify them as a tex-mex place.

      1. I think maybe you're thinking of Chi-Chi's.

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        1. re: rockandroller1

          This is what I think is happening here.

        2. I remember the chips and salsa, jarona! I haven't been to a Chili's in years so I don't know when they stopped the practice, but I do remember it. Regarding the menu, the last time was there I thought the same thing about the food. Wish I could provide more updated info but I didn't want you to think you were crazy.

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          1. re: mollygus

            Thanks Mollygus...I WAS starting to think I was nuts and it has been a while since my last visit!,,

            1. re: jarona

              jarona, where do you live? Maybe it was a regional thing? I'm in southern NJ.

              1. re: mollygus

                Used to live in the Princeton, NJ area! That could explain it!

          2. my niece took me to chili's in may, and those chips were great and the salsa was *fantastic* (this was in ocala, florida.).

            they charged for the chips and salsa, but as i recall it wasn't much. (just looked..here in northern virginia it is $4) i hadn't been to a chili's in years and years, so did not remember when they gave it gratis.

            but i tell you what, that salsa was worth every penny they charged. i wanted to buy a large container to take away, but they don't sell it like that. our server did give us a fresh refill of chips and salsa "to go," after our lunch.

            i wonder if all the chili's have the exact same salsa. i'll have to go try one soon. i liked my salad and we learned you can sort of mix and match, with maybe a different dressing than the one it comes with. http://www.chilis.com/EN/Pages/menuit...