Chili's and Chevy's Restaurant Review

Essay by TonnymontanaCollege, UndergraduateA, November 2007

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If you’re thinking about indulging in southwestern style dining on the southern peninsula, there are quite a few restaurants to choose from, Chevy’s Fresh Mex, Chili’s Bar and Grill, and Baja Fresh to name a few. My wife and I just recently tried two of those restaurants over the weekend, Chevy’s Fresh Mex in Redwood City and Chili’s Bar and Grill in Menlo Park. Chili’s is know for having something for everyone, the prices are easy on the wallet and the food is tasty, but the service and environment couldn’t compare to what Chevy’s Fresh Mex has to offer.

Friday night my wife and I decided to take a trip to Menlo Park to Chili’s restaurant located at 700 El Camino Real. The first thing I noticed was the casual atmosphere and the dim lighting made it easy to relax. The restaurant was very crowded the Friday night we chose to eat there, causing us to have to wait about 20 minutes to be seated.

As my wife and I chatted in the reception area, I could see the bar and cocktail lounge. It was very small and crowded and looked like it could only seat about ten people at the bar and another ten at the tables in the cocktail lounge. The cocktail lounge resembles a sports bar, with two 40 inch flat screen televisions hanging on the wall playing ESPN’s sports center. Due to the limited seating, it didn’t look like a place I would want to drink a few beers and watch a football game. After our lengthy wait, we were finally seated at our table. The table didn’t have much privacy and the seats were wooden with no padding, making them very uncomfortable. The wooden divider between the tables did not give my...