Chili’s large menu great for groups

The Palm Beach Post - Neighborhood Post - Southern Palm Beach County - - Front Page - By Teresa Lane Spe­cial to The Palm Beach Post

MENU

Ap­pe­tiz­ers, soups, sal­ads, burg­ers, sand­wiches, ribs, chicken, fa­ji­tas, steaks, tacos, que­sadil­las, seafood, pasta, desserts.

AT­MOS­PHERE

Fun, vi­brant at­mos­phere with brick floors and col­umns, Chili’s in Jensen Beach is like a fa­vorite lodge where you meet friends and fam­ily for good times. The rich wood tones and earth col­ors are sooth­ing, and there’s a full-ser­vice bar with TV sets for en­joy­ing cock­tails and con­ver­sa­tion.

OUR FA­VORITE FOOD/PRICE

Even af­ter the chain pared down i t s once - exte nsive menu in 2017, Chili’s still had enough of­fer­ings to sat­isfy our di­verse group of culi­nary tastes at din­ner re­cently. While I dined on the bot­tom­less soup, salad and tor­tilla chips ($9.39), a friend or­dered the Mix-and-Match Fa­jita Trio ($17.49), choos­ing steak, chicken and shrimp 2988 NW Fed­eral High­way, Jensen Beach, 772-692-4838

Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; F-Sat., 11 a.m.mid­night siz­zled in chipo­tle but­ter, cilantro, bell pep­pers and onions. Served with Mex­i­can rice, black beans, gua­camole, sour cream, pico, salsa, shred­ded cheese and flour or corn tor­tillas, the meal was a spec­ta­cle to be­hold and sam­ple. The chipo­tle spice nicely ac­cented the meat, which was fork-ten­der, and the abun­dance of top­pings made for numer­ous pos­si­ble fla­vor com­bi­na­tions. My hus­band en­joyed his “Guilt­less Grill” en­trée, a 6-ounce sir­loin with grilled av­o­cado, toma­toes and salad that weighed in at only 420 calo­ries.

REA­SON TO GO

A f un place to e at a nd so­cial­ize, Chili’s is a go-to fa­vorite in our house­hold. Its food is fresh and in­ex­pen­sive, and there’s al­ways some­thing on the menu to sat­isfy choosy palates. Area lo­ca­tions also in­clude Boca Ra­ton, Boyn­ton Beach, Lan­tana, Palm Springs, Welling­ton, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gar­dens, Stu­art and Port St. Lu­cie. SER­VICE Very good. The wait­ress was at­ten­tive and served up the meals and re­fills quickly. She also helped us re­deem re­wards on the ta­ble-top check­out kiosk.

NOISE LEVEL

Fairly quiet on a re­cent week­night.

KID FRIENDLY

The kids menu is al­most as ex­ten­sive as their adult coun­ter­par ts. What t yke c o u l d n’ t go f o r a p i z z a , cheesy chicken pasta, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, grilled chicken dip­pers, burg­ers, que­sadil­las or crispy chicken fin­gers?

CON­TRIB­UTED BY TERESA LANE

With a fun, vi­brant at­mos­phere with brick floors and col­umns, Chili’s in Jensen Beach is like a fa­vorite lodge where you meet friends and fam­ily for good times.

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