UPDATE: The winner is [email protected] Congratulations! Enjoy your meal out!

Our family went to Chili’s restaurant just recently to try out their newly revamped menu. We had only been to Chili’s once a few years ago, but we were very impressed with the new menu when we went this time and plan to go there more often.

I had the Asian Salad. I am not a big salad lover, but I loved this salad. It was piled high with lettuce and napa cabbage. Grilled chicken slices topped the salad, and carrots, edamame and cilantro were nestled inside. The peanut sauce was delicious and did not have an overpowering peanut butter taste.

My son ordered the Steakhouse Sandwich with seasoned fries. His sandwich came on a softy, chewy pita bread and was stuffed with sirloin steak, mushrooms, provolone cheese and arugula. He enjoyed the taste of his sandwich. He normally does not care much for beef, but this beef was tender and well-prepared; it was so good he ate the entire meal. (And he is only 6!)

My husband decided to be decadent and get the Southern Smokehouse Bacon Burger. Definitely not for every day consumption, this hearty burger was served with thick slices of bacon, smoked cheddar, onion strings and ancho-chile BBQ sauce. The meat was juicy and tender, and the maple bacon slices blended perfectly with the rest of the sandwich.

The only drawback to our visit was that it seemed to take quite a long time to get our food. My 20 month old daughter was tired and hungry, so that might have made the wait seem longer. However, our server was very nice and offered to get her some juice to tide her over until the food came. Once the food arrived, it was delicious.

Another enhancement to our visit was Chili’s new Ziosk system. This small screen device sits on each table. Diners can watch movie trailers among other things while they are waiting for their food. Patrons can even print off their bill when they are ready to go and pay right at the table with a gift card or credit card. I absolutely loved this feature! We dine with three kids, two of them under two. We never know when their patience will run out, and I hate having to flag down the server. This new system eliminates that completely. Diners can even choose to print out their receipt or send it to their e-mail.

The Giveaway
Chili’s restaurant has generously offered one $50 gift card to a lucky winner. This card can be used at Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, On the Border, and Maggiano’s.

To enter this giveaway, simply go to Chili’s web site and state which item you would like to order should you win.

Additional methods of entry:
-Become a follower on my blog or state that you already are, if that is the case.

-Blog about this giveaway or write about it on Facebook or Twitter

-Another alternative way to enter is to Like Chili’s on Facebook

This giveaway will end on Monday, August 23rd at 9 p.m. CST. The winner will be chosen via random.org. Make sure you include your e-mail address when you enter.

I received a $50 gift card from Chili’s to try the new menu. All opinions are my own.

Melissa Batai
Melissa Batai

Melissa, a mom to three little ones (ages 7, 3 and 1), blogs at both Mom’s Plans where she writes about living a fulfilling life on less and paying down debt, and Fiscal Phoenix where she writes about rising from the ashes of your financial mistakes.