Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chili's Restaurant: Are you Wild or Mild? {Review & Giveaway}

Chili's logo{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Megan!}

Lately I've noticed that the majority of times that my husband suggests that we head out to eat at a restaurant that I shrug him off and either cook something at home or tell him to pick up take-out instead. With two children who may or may not sit still and be well-behaved, it's just hard to find a place that will have food that we all enjoy as well as an atmosphere that is family-friendly.

Fortunately, there's Chili's. Priding themselves on great food and the same genuine service that they began with back in 1975, this is one restaurant that we know can be depended on for a good meal, a casual environment and everyone leaving full and happy.

Chili's restaurantAs well as the burgers, fajitas, ribs and more that Chili's is known for, they have recently added a great new promotion that is making it even easier for everyone to have exactly the tastes that they prefer, whether sizzling or not.

These new menu items, dubbed Wild or Mild, give you the opportunity to take the original recipe and ramp up the spices... or cool down the flavors, whichever you prefer.

So, looking to keep your quesadillas classic and delicious? Then stick with the Bacon Ranch Chicken Quesadillas. But if you're more in the mood for something hot with a kick, then try the new Jalapeno Chicken Quesadillas instead and give your mouth something to talk about! Chili's has definitely found a way to not only give you choices but to customize them just right for your taste buds.

Chili's menuAfter browsing... and browsing some more... my husband and I narrowed down the kids' meals and then turned to our own. Some of the new menu items like Blazin' Big Mouth Bites or Sweet Maple BBQ Chicken Crispers had caught our attention, but we couldn't pass up the variety and savings found with the $20 Dinner For Two section. An appetizer and two full-size entrees for $20? Sounds good to me!

Since we knew the girls were going to take over the appetizer, we went with the classic Tostada Chips and Salsa to start us off. Our friendly server appeared with the basket almost immediately and there were little (and big) hands digging in right away.
The chips were addicting! Light and airy and extremely crispy... I had to be sure to move the basket further away on the table because otherwise I wouldn't have had room for dinner.

And when I saw the size of my dinner, I realized that there was still no way that I was going to be able to fit it in!

The Quesadilla Explosion Salad made me wish I hadn't eaten so many chips, it really did. The combination of the cheese, tomatoes, corn relish, cilantro and tortillas strips went just right with the sweet and creamy citrus-balsamic dressing. Yum! This salad also comes with grilled chicken (that I had put on a separate plate to give to Little Sister B) and four pieces of cheese quesadillas. So, so, so good!

At the same time that I was digging into my salad, my husband was chowing down on his Half-Rack Baby Back Ribs with Homestyle Fries and Big Sister E and Little Sister B were enjoying a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. With all of our mouths full of flavor, everyone was quite happy about their selections.

After getting a good laugh when our server asked if we had saved room for dessert, we packed up (I got to take home half of my salad and enjoy it again the next day - extra yum!) and headed out, cheerful about the experience. The girls enjoyed the food, the kids' menu activities and the fun of being out to eat where no one minded if they talked too loud or dropped french fries on the floor.

My husband and I left pleased that we all were not only full but that we had been treated so nicely from the moment we walked in the door. Friendly staff, tasty food and happy kids? Definitely a successful restaurant trip!

But the fun of Chili's extends past what you can find within their doors. Right now the Wild or Mild menu has turned into a really fun contest called Shout Out To Eat Out - Wild or Mild with daily prizes as well as a grand prize at the end of April.

A fun and interactive promotion, all you have to do to participate is upload a head shot of yourself and turn it into a wild or mild avatar with clothes and accessories for the world to see. The ones that people have come up with are pretty funny!

Each day one winner be will randomly drawn to receive a $20 Chili's gift card and, as the public can vote on their favorite creation, at the end of the contest on April 30, 2011, the Wild avatar with the most votes will win a Vacation Prize Package for four to Las Vegas and the Mild avatar with the most votes will win a Vacation Prize Package for Four to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

So (if you are over 18 and live in the U.S.) head over to Shout Out To Eat Out - Wild or Mild today and start making yourself wild or mild today! And, thanks to the generosity of Chili's, one person will be a little more excited about this fun and tasty new menu as well, because...

One lucky person will win a $20 gift card to Chili's Restaurant!

Chili's gift cardTo enter to win: Tell me what makes you or your family Wild or Mild. There's no wrong answer, be creative!

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry (per method) if you follow Chili's on Twitter and/or Like them on Facebook.
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1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

WIN a $20 gift card to Chili's to check out the delicious new Wild or Mild menu! #thxmailcarrier http://bit.ly/faO1Eq #win #giveaway

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Giveaway will end on March 11th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

A big thank you to Chili's for providing a $20 gift card for me as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Callie said...

I think we are wild--b/c we like to have fun and be spontaneous!

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Marianna said...

I'd have to say we are wild well, because we have 4 boys under 6 and that in itself is insane! :)

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Chris said...

We are pretty wild simply because we have 4 boys and a girl..those 4 boys make us pretty crazy in our house.

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smdrm said...

Our family is mild as we sit together talking and using our laptops! But we love Chili's!!!!

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Anonymous said...

We're mild because we like to stay home - we're kind of like hermits :) LOL

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Mami2jcn said...

We're mild. Wild is too adventurous.

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christina said...

i'm going to have to say we're mild, for now. i'm sure after #2 is born in a few months things will get wilder, and more so with every new addition!

we LOVE to eat out together as a family!

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Jenn said...

We love Chili's too. It is such a family friendly place and the food is good!

What makes us wild or mild??? I'd have to say at this point, a day where the temp is over 32 degrees gets me pretty wild. I live in a really cold part of the country and until the last few days our temps hang at around 4 degrees (-15 with the windchill) so the latest warm snap has been VERY welcome turning us into some wild folks around here. lol

Bethany C. said...

My family is wild because of my little 16 month old monkey. I'm sure if we took her to Chili's she would do what she's best at- blow raspberries at complete strangers.

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Kaye said...

We're quite mild. Some people might even find us boring. But we love us, so that's what matters, right?

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Savvy Addy said...

We couldn't be more mild if we tried - We LOVE to be at home on the sofa, together relaxing. Mild to most - perfect for us!
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Now I'm hungry lol. New follower GFC.

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Emily @ Baby Dickey said...

I think we used to be mild.. but now that we have a 13 month old little boy, we're definitely wild! All the time! Haha.
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delaney's mom said...

i'd have to say we're mild. even though from an early age my daughter loved spicy foods - we're really home-bodies!

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forever&andalways said...

we are wild you never know whats going to happen next with us
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dawn said...

we are totally mild- if we won this, we would probably even get it to go and eat it at home in our pj's :)
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Simply Being Mommy said...

I'd have to say my family is wild because we have 3 children 7 and under and boy are they WILD!

Marlene said...

We are wild, but only because we like flair to our food!

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Crystal said...

I think we are wild because because we always grow habaneros in our garden every year

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Eve said...

My family is definitely wild. It is crazy. These people never stop entertaining me or driving me nuts! lol

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wigget said...

we are mild all the way because we're cautious, but every now and then we like to venture onto the wild side

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amber said...

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we are pretty mild, dinner and a movie is as wild as it gets!

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soccer_nsa said...

Right now, we are more on the mild side. Hubby is always at school and/or working so it's just me and the baby boy :)

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Janet said...

The kids make our family wild and unpredictable!

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Tina said...

Mild!!
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Kristen said...

We're wild because we like spice in life and we like to try new things.

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I have four kiddos...can you say wild?! ;)
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Tracy R said...

I have a wild sense of humor, but I am mild when it comes to my food.

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BethElderton said...

We are mild and quiet...but we LOVE spicy Tex-Mex!
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