Chili’s in South Tampa

I’ve been shitty and haven’t posted a review in ages.  Swamped learning our product at work and supporting it so I haven’t had much free time on that front to get things rolling.

Anyways, Matt and I wanted to catch some lunch.. and I couldn’t for the life of me think of anywhere near our work that had quesadillas so Matt suggested Chilis. It took us 5 minutes to get over there, the service was great and the decor was awful.  The food was  subpar.  My Jalapeno Steak Quesadillas were entirely passable but not worth the $10 or so they cost.  Matt ordered the “large” nachos.  Apparently “large” at Chilis constitutes 10 chips covered with beans and cheese.  I’m not sure how this is large, I’m afraid to find out what the small nacho is.

Our server was kinda furtive but really on the ball with getting our orders, bringing refills and bringing our check.  He didn’t pester us with any nonsense which was nice, but his tossing the check down with our food was a little odd.  Did I smell?  Was he encouraging us to leave?  Or did he recognize a “business” lunch since I was wearing my shitty polo and jeans. I’m sometimes afraid that I push business casual a little too far.  Do cut off jean shorts count as business casual?

I was really jonesing for a quesadilla and it must have clouded my judgement.  I mean, I know Chilis is just lackluster.. but why did I hope to have a stupid awesome quesadilla?  I think the key when eating at Chilis is to manage your expectations.  If you’re looking for a great experience with amazing food, keep walking.

I give Chilis a Rating: ★★☆☆☆ rating.  Perfectly passable over priced food.  If your company is paying it might be more enjoyable. If you really like Crapplebees you’ll probably enjoy Chili’s.

P.S. – So what, no pictures. I’ll leave you with this cat instead..

So what, you wanna fight about it?

Author: Native

I work in software support, I'm an active cook and gardener. I'm a former LAMP admin and former Michigan native currently living in Florida. I contribute to http://www.halftonreviews.com and Twin Destroyer for my music.

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