At the spur of a moment my neighbor called and asked if I wanted to share a meal with him. After a 30 second deliberation I said yes. But…it was Wednesday in Ocean Beach – Farmer’s Market Day – so we decided to leave our neighborhood and venture onto Sports Arena for a dinner at “Chili’s.”
We were greeted by the receptionist who saw us coming and she went over to assist us in opening the heavy doors. (Did we really look that feeble or does she do that for everyone?) She sat us at a table; told us the name of our waitperson – Gail – and within seconds Gail was there to take our drink order.
Chili’s has a very extensive menu, complete with appetizers, soups and chili, salads, light choices, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, ribs, etc. There is also an extensive Children’s menu. The item that caught our eye was a “$20 Dinner for 2” that allowed us to share an appetizer – 4 choices ; and we each could select two full-size entrees – 10 choices. We elected to have the “Tostada chips and fire-grilled corn guacamole” as our appetizer.
It is interesting to note that another appetizer on the menu was “Tostada chips and salsa”, but the one we ordered also had the salsa. The guacamole was very tasty, but the chips left something to be desired. Many of them were very greasy – you could see the grease on the top of the chip, and they were so thin they frequently broke while dipping them into the salsa and/or guacamole. Even though my friend complained about the grease, he still liked the chips; I felt that the thinness detracted from the enjoyment because I was continually fishing the chip out of the bowl.
Gail recommended to my friend that he try the “Quesadilla Explosion Salad” – grilled chicken with cheese, tomatoes, corn relish, cilantro, tortilla strips and citrus-balsamic dressing. It was served with cheese quesadilla’s. It was a good choice; tasty; enough to be quite filling, and displayed well. I opted for the “Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs with Homestyle Fries” and that was another good choice. The ribs were succulent, fell off the bone, well seasoned and very, very good. The fries were served hot; well seasoned and more than I could eat. Our total bill, with two ice teas and tip came to just under $28. When we were asked if we wanted dessert – 5 choices – neither of us had room for more food.
It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a meal as well prepared as this meal was at Chili’s. From the time we walked into the door until the time we left, the entire experience was worthy of applause. We will be back.