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Chili’s does more than Tex-Mex

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Talk to Bobby Flay about burgers.  He’s operating a new line of restaurants featuring burgers from CT to DC with a total of 6 stores listed on his web site.  The trouble is they’re all east coast.  No problem, burger joints are a dime a dozen… well in today’s inflated currency you’d have to say a five dollar bill a dozen, but did you know that Chili’s started as a burger joint inDallas,TX?  Yes they did, back in 1975.


Sports bars aren’t a dime a dozen and never were, but Chili’s boasts a decent bar featuring a sports flavor, that is if you like the Mavericks and Stars, both Dallas franchises one of the NBA the other an NHL club.  They also like the Lakers but I don’t believe you could expect to drink the night away during September and October with yourSan Diegohockey buddies.


The atmosphere in theirSanteeoperation is traditional Chili’s recently remodeled and always clean and decorated with Tex-Mex flavors.  The staff is usually friendly, typically service oriented and good to go for your dining pleasure.  When Nancy and I do Chili’s we usually do the Santee store, at9804 Mission Gorge Santee.


I’ve done the burger route with Chili’s but they no longer offer my favorite (blue cheese), so I did the Cajun Pasta,  which consists of Penne pasta with creamy garlic Alfredo sauce and Cajun spices, topped with tomatoes and green onions $10.99 and very tasty. Nancydid a California Club Toasted Sandwich, with turkey, ham, bacon, avocado, Swiss, lettuce, onions, and at $8.79 it should be good, but it was a little dry. Nancywished she’d done a burger instead. Check out the menu for yourself.  You’ll find the prices are moderate, and the menu is fairly big.  I find myself typically satisfied with most of the food served by this store.  Overall I’d say go there and enjoy yourself.  If you want basketball on TV try the bar in October through April and you’re likely to see the Maverick’s and Lakers battling it out with some team. San Diego is not a basketball town… nor hockey.  Isn’t that like soccer on ice?

Just a good ol American Fav...

Nothing like a good cheese burger

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