You’ve probably seen ads for Chili’s Grill and Bar on television. If you’re anything like me, the ads haven’t been particularly effective. There’s something about American casual dining restaurant chains I find remarkably off-putting. I must be in the minority, though, because there are over 1,600 Chili’s Grill and Bar restaurants all over the world, 3 of which are in Spokane. One of those is at the Spokane International Airport, which… Are you starting to see why I don’t like going to Chili’s?
Alright, I promised to be impartial, so let’s do this with an open mind.
The first Chili’s was founded in 1975, and according to Wikipedia, its goal was to provide a menu with “different types of hamburgers offered at an affordable price.” When I think about Chili’s Grill and Bar, burgers aren’t really what comes to mind. I think of fajitas, quesadillas, and other Tex-Mex foods. Their menu supports my thinking, with only six burger choices available. At first glance, it looks like there are seven burgers, but two of them are the Oldtimer burger—one with cheese and one without. Calling them two different burgers is cheating. Also, one of the choices is 4 mini-burgers, but I’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not that counts.
You could do a lot worse than the Oldtimer with Cheese from Chili’s Grill and Bar, especially for $9. Despite the issues with both the meal and the restaurant, the burger tasted good, and that’s really what it’s all about.
But let’s be honest: No one goes to Chili’s for the burgers. Which is a shame, because it had a ton of potential. Chili’s Grill and Bar may want to consider recommitting to their original burger-related goals. If they did, perhaps people like me would be more likely to stop in and eat.
Maybe even when we’re at the airport.
Chili’s Grill and Bar
4750 N. Division St. Spokane, WA 99207