Chili’s Restaurant originally opened up in 1975 as a burger joint in Dallas, Texas. Chili’s is now a chain of Tex/Mex-Southwestern Restaurants that can be found in almost every state in the United States. Chili’s Restaurants are for the casual diner looking for great casual fare & a fun atmosphere. In line with a long standing tradition, every single Chili’s Restaurant hangs one dining room photo upside down. Diners make it a point to see how many photographs of upside down photo’s they can collect by visiting a Chili’s Restaurant in every location they visit.
A ChiliHead is anyone on the Chili’s Team. It stands for people who are passionate about offering hospitality to every guest, every day. ChiliHeads take their jobs seriously, but not themselves. Chili’s run fantastic specials like their current “$20.00 dinner for 2” and if you sign up for Chili’s E-Mail Club they will send you valuable coupons to your e-mail address. We were seated very quickly for a Friday night. This particular location is in the very popular Harmon Meadow Mall in Secaucus, New Jersey right off of Route 3 West.
The table we we were seated at was not cleaned properly but they did notice and had it cleaned within minutes. I will say we had two servers that were very attentive, polite and helpful. Refills were free which is becoming obsolete these days, which was a big plus to my dining partner and I. The menu is full of lots of comfort foods, hearty burger, soups, chili’s & creamy desserts. We had Bottomless Tostado Chips & Salsa for $2.99, chips were warm and toasty. I had a bowl of Chicken Enchilada Soup, topped with tortilla strips, cheese and house-made pico de gallo for $3.99, my dining partner had a cup of Baked Potato Soup for $2.99.
As our main course I had the Crispy Honey-Chipotle Crispers for $9.89 tossed in honey-chipotle sauce. Served with corn on the cob, homestyle fries and ranch dressing. My dining partner had the Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas for $9.59. Both were served hot and were very tasty. Most food is served mild to hot and everywhere in between. Chili’s burgers look delicious as several were flying by us all night. I would suggest the Jalapeno Bacon Smoke House Burger for $9.99 with applewood smoked bacon, smoked cheddar, tortilla strips, red onion, mayo, jalapenos and jalapeno-ranch dressing.
The Fajita Trio for $14.69 with grilled steak, chicken and spicy garlic and lime shrimp, looked ans smelled great. For desert try the Red Velvet Molten a rich, velvety take on our classic dessert. Topped with vanilla ice cream under a hard chocolate shell and filled with cream cheese for $6.59. We will be going back before the holidays as there were several items we’d like to try.
Written by Michael Monteforte
New Jersey Correspondent