My friend wanted to watch the Anaheim Ducks game on tv, and didn’t want to go to a sports bar for pizza and wings. He suggested coming to Chili’s and eat in the bar area. Sure, why not! I had not been to a Chili’s in like, 10 years.
This Chili’s is located off Imperial Highway and Yorba Linda Boulevard, at the corner of a weirdly configured strip mall. The mall itself isn’t weirdly configured, but the parking lot was. If you’re lucky, you can find one of the handful of parking spots located in front of the restaurant. Otherwise, you have to go through a weird pattern to find a spot, or, figure out how to park below the restaurant (which I didn’t figure out until I walked up to the front door). Anyway, parking is weird, but there’s plenty of spaces if you’re willing to huff it… which I had to in 45-degree California winter.
The bar was located directly next to the hostess station, and there’s about 10 tv’s surrounding the bar area. We had the server change one of the tv’s near us to the Ducks game, and we started off our evening with some diet cokes and the “endless” basket of chips and salsa. Later, I added table-made guacamole to go with the chips, which were 3 halves of avocados, mixed with onions, limes, cilantro. tomatoes and jalapenos…. later I added more salsa to give it more flavor. Overall, not bad at $7.99, and that also came with “bottomless” chips… and those chips were so addicting… we ate 2 baskets.
Eventually we had to eat something more substantial. Karen ordered her usual “go to” bar item: the California flatbread pizza, but without the avocado as she’s allergic to it. I had the smoked chicken wings, and they were surprisingly good! They had a very good smokiness to it, and reminded me of the chicken you get at an Izakaya Japanese restaurant, where they cook the meats over charcoaled wood. Roger had the sirloin steak, and subbed his baked potato with extra veggies. He commented the meat was exceptionally tender, and he was surprised at how much he liked his meal, and it was priced reasonably at $11.99.
Service was decent. We had to ask for refills, but the server brought them quickly after we asked. I would come back, now that I know there’s underground parking.