I don't live near Chili's and I definitely don't think about it as a place to go in Gainesville with all of the delicious local options. So, it's been over 5 years since I've been to this or any other Chili's location. I must admit, when my husband suggested it for dinner, I was less than thrilled. But, he goes to new places with me all the time, so I though it only fair that I return the favor for his retro "back in college" yearn for some queso.
We were seated quickly at our choice of table or booth and with our preferred televisions facing our table. The hosts were quite accommodating with the seating arrangement, even though the restaurant was busy and we didn't really care where we sat. Service was slow on the uptake, with our server MIA and someone filling in for drinks. But, after about 15 minutes of waiting (lots of menu perusing during this time) she showed up, frazzled looking but apologetic, and took our order. We found out later it was her first solo day of serving, but she was doing a great job and we were quite pleased with our meal.
The queso - according to my husband - tastes just like it did 15 years ago in college. I had never had it, but loved the thin tortilla chips and the beefy queso. A great appetizer, albeit quite filling. I opted for the smothered chicken burrito and he had a quesadilla, and both arrived quickly after ordering and were excellent.
I can't say that eating here changed my life, but the next time someone suggests Chili's, I will support that plan. It's a chain worth a second link.
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