Chili’s Restaurant chain came from humble beginnings, originally founded by Larry Lavine. The first Chili’s opened in a converted post office on Greenville Avenue in Dallas,Texas, in 1975. It was an informal, full-service cowboy hamburger haven priced affordably, firing up the flavors through “chili” heat, with a popular daily happy hour at the bar. The blue jeans crowd became the norm for their clientele. They were devoted to providing great food, warm Texas Southern hospitality and a spirit of community service. Now Chili’s is a worldwide franchise, but still offers the best in casual foods with a Tex-Mex flare. Each restaurant provides the same expert service for which the original became known.
Thousands Of Locations
The Chili’s Grill & Bar chain now has over 1,400 locations, mostly in the United States and Canada, but with other restaurants throughout the world. Kicking up their flavor with foods out of the ordinary, Chili’s still makes fresh, hand-prepared burgers of all varieties and wonderful salads. Currently Chili’s is owned by Brinker International, restaurant entrepreneurs who also own Romano’s Macaroni Grill, On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, and Maggiano’s Little Italy.
The advertising jingle used by Chili’s Restaurants for their line of baby back ribs, features a doo-wop quartet singing a cappella. GSD&M Advertising of Austin, Texas, provided the idea for the ad campaign around the song written by Guy Bommarito and produced by Tom Faulkner. “The Worthless Peons” sang the jingle several times as part of the sitcom “Scrubs.” Chili’s has also appeared in “The Office”, an episode of “The Client” where a business meeting is held at a Chili’s restaurant (other episodes have also featured the restaurant or its cuisine.) Chilis’ Restaurant chain’s creative advertising campaign: chopping the chilli, brings an updated look to a franchise that has been around a long time. They have remained true to their beginnings still providing great food, warm Texas Southern hospitality and a spirit of community service that has now become popular worldwide.
Chili’s Care By Giving Millions In Donations
Chili’s plans to donate over $50 million as part of a 10-year commitment to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® fighting cancers in children throughout the Unites States. St. Jude’s is one of the world’s premier research and treatment centers for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Increasing awareness for this cause and the funds are provided by Chili’s Create-A-Pepper campaign (inviting guests to create custom pepper designs and make donations to the Hospital.) Their annual campaign selects one day which Chili’s advertises, when they offer 100% of their profits to St. Jude’s. This is part of the community service credo that began with the very first restaurant in the chain.
For its first few years of business, Chili’s served only Schlitz beer. Schlitz was the single company that allowed them credit while they were a beginning small business. This is an act of kindness that has been rewarded. Schlitz’s help is noted still on Chili’s website’s main page, providing a wonderful positive advertisement for Schlitz beer, even though other brands have since been added to Chili’s bars.
Traditionally, every Chili’s hangs a picture upside down somewhere in the restaurant. No one seems sure where the tradition started, but it may provide a connection between the Chili’s and China. There are several ideas which are part of the Chinese New Year celebrations: homes are cleaned thoroughly to sweep away any misfortune and allow good luck and fortune to enter in the coming year. People paint signs with the Chinese character for good luck: “Fu”. These signs are painted in red and gold and are “hung upside down.” In Chinese the word for “arrive” rhymes with the word for “upside down.” By hanging the sign upside down it indicates that good luck will arrive. The upside down picture at each Chili’s may be greeting all those who “arrive” and wishing them the good luck of an extraordinary meal with friends or family.
Great Choices In The Menu
Chili’s Grill & Bar provides such a wide variety of choices that you will find a favorite somewhere on the menu–guaranteed! A long list of appetizers are offered for the table to share. Everything from Bottomless Tostada Chips with their home-made salsa, and Texas Cheese Fries (with or without chili), to a choice of Buffalo Wings. Any of them make a great communal beginning to a meal.
Then come the Chili’s soup choices. If you are hungry enough for a full meal with entrée, the soup comes at a lower price. Daily soup choices include Chicken & Green Chili Soup, Sweet Corn Soup, Chicken Enchilada Soup, and Terlingua Chili (slow cooked with beef, onions and chilis, and topped with cheese.)
Salads are a popular choice at Chili’s, in large and small sizes. Their Caribbean Salad may be ordered with shrimp or chicken. Their Asian Salad offers additions of chicken, salmon, or steak. Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad, Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad, Quesadilla Explosion Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, and a House Salad are all on the menu. A Bottomless Express Lunch combines a choice of soup and Caesar or House salad which they’ll serve quickly with chips and salsa, when you want good food but need to get back to work on time. Chili’s offers Guiltless Grill items throughout the menu that meet Healthy Dining’s nutrition criteria for a healthy lifestyle.
As at the original Chili’s Grill, the hamburger still has a special spot on their menu. All burgers are made from fresh 100% USDA Choice beef, grilled, hot and juicy the way the customer wants it, with home-style fries. Chili’s Big Mouth Burgers® include the Ultimate Stacked Burger, Avocado Burger, Rojo Burger, Shine Bock® BBQ Burger, Old Timer®, Classic Bacon Burger, Mushroom-Swiss Burger, Ground Peppercorn Burger, Jalapeno Smokehouse Bacon Burger, and Southern Smokehouse Bacon Burger.
Fajitas and Quesadillas, Tacos, Cajun Chicken, Shrimp and Salmon are some patron’s favorites. However, next to the Big Mouth Burgers® as preferred fare are Chili’s Baby Back Ribs. Their ribs are slow-smoked over pecan wood making them fall-off-the-bone tender with a savory, bold flavor that’s difficult to resist.
The Chili’s menu item that brings in (and brings back) the most business is their famous Molten Chocolate Cake. Hot fudge sauce fills a chocolate bundt cake topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate on a plate drizzled in caramel sauce. Ordering this dessert allows the meal can end with the same camaraderie as it began. The whole table can grab a spoon and dig into a dessert that ends a perfect shared meal.
Where to find great deals on Chilis food
Chili’s Grill and Bar always has coupons and specials available to save their patrons extra money on their already reasonably priced meals. On the internet you can easily locate printable coupons for a free appetizer with an entrée purchase, 2 courses 2 people $20, free chips and queso.