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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2006/05/18 08:24:38 (permalink)
Let me get this straight...I'm going to Europe and eat at a Chi-Chi's? Gonna get real cold under foot before that happens.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2006/05/26 16:42:40 (permalink)
My sister-in-law went to a Chi Chi's in or near Lancaser, PA. As she was eating, a piece of the ceiling fell down and hit her in the head. As she was inclined to do, she immediately fell out of her chair, clutching her head and neck. Now, a ceiling should never fall on a patron as they are eating, but I must admit that I was pleased that they closed and went bankrupt before they ever had to pay her any settlement, since she's sued many people in the past for accidents in which she wasn't hurt. She complained of headaches right up to the point where there was no hope of getting any money out of them, and then miraculously was healed!
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2006/05/27 23:29:20 (permalink)
Oh, dear! Well, we didn't sue, but my husband once found a broken-off toothpick complete with frilly plastic attached in his chimichanga once. This was in Springfield, VA. We both got free meals. He had, after all, found it in his mouth. " />

On the other hand, I used to love the one in Timonium, Maryland, north of Baltimore. Years ago, in the 1970s and early 80s, it was a gardening store. There was a central pyramidal-roof hub with flanking smaller wings of the same shape, with sloping walls. It looked perfect! They didn't have to rebuild much at all. Just parged the walls and it looked great! What I loved best were "Special Beef Chimichangas," which were their beef brisket. Unfortunately, they eventually took that option off the menu, presumably because the meat was more expensive. However, friends of mine who worked there told me they still had the brisket, because it was a necessary ingredient in Diablo sauce.

Ah well. Now I make the meat in my crock pot and fry up Chimis in my DeLonghi.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2007/04/16 19:27:32 (permalink)
I would like the recipes for their original regular chili (tex mex chili, and their black bean chili...as a matter of fact I too am a lover of the old chi-chi recipes and would love to make these. Any you are willing to share. You can email me at cincooks@msn.com
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Originally posted by Pumbaa

I worked there on and off during high school and college for 2 years. It was still my favorite restaurant. my sister and i both worked there for a while. We'd work until midnight on Saturday, go there for lunch on Sunday after church, and THEN go back in for a shift that Sunday afternoon.

I have nothing but fantastic memories of Chi-Chi's . I couldn't ask for a better first job. My managers and co-workers were fantastic. We were the most popular restaurant in town and worked our tails off. For me at least, it was a real labor of love.

I was completely devastated to hear of the closings. After digging on the internet, it seems there are still at least 2 Chi-Chi's : one in Kuwait (really!!) and one in Belgium.

Are there any sites that serve as memorials for Chi-Chi's? There should be a place where ex-employees and fans come together .

I was a cook. I still have all of the recipes. Even though I don't have the Chi-Chi's spice packets or Chi-Chi's vanilla ice cream, I can duplicate the dishes very well. (I did sign a form saying I wouldn't compete with Chi-Chi's or reveal their secrets. Now that it's gone, I wonder if that promise has expired too.)

Chi-Chi's was a phenomenon. It deserves a proper tribute. Can someone tell me if there are sites or groups related to Chi-Chi's memories?? If not, I'll make my own website.

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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2007/05/17 11:37:30 (permalink)
Chi-Chis was an upscale Taco Bell...the booths had padding.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2007/08/22 04:00:37 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Pumbaa

I worked there on and off during high school and college for 2 years. It was still my favorite restaurant. my sister and i both worked there for a while. We'd work until midnight on Saturday, go there for lunch on Sunday after church, and THEN go back in for a shift that Sunday afternoon.

I have nothing but fantastic memories of Chi-Chi's . I couldn't ask for a better first job. My managers and co-workers were fantastic. We were the most popular restaurant in town and worked our tails off. For me at least, it was a real labor of love.

I was completely devastated to hear of the closings. After digging on the internet, it seems there are still at least 2 Chi-Chi's : one in Kuwait (really!!) and one in Belgium.

Are there any sites that serve as memorials for Chi-Chi's? There should be a place where ex-employees and fans come together .

I was a cook. I still have all of the recipes. Even though I don't have the Chi-Chi's spice packets or Chi-Chi's vanilla ice cream, I can duplicate the dishes very well. (I did sign a form saying I wouldn't compete with Chi-Chi's or reveal their secrets. Now that it's gone, I wonder if that promise has expired too.)

Chi-Chi's was a phenomenon. It deserves a proper tribute. Can someone tell me if there are sites or groups related to Chi-Chi's memories?? If not, I'll make my own website.

Wes Fowler
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"Chi-Chi's: A Celebration of Food!"
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Re:In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2012/03/14 12:19:58 (permalink)
gee, 6 years later and people are still reading your post, the wonders of the internet. lol
 
i was chatting with my wife who used to work at chichis years ago about the place, then looked up local locations only to find out they closed in 2004, guess i wasnt that loyal of a customer, lol regardless, i stumbled across a website, have been obsessed lately with everything chichi related since. do you still have acess to your menus or recipes?
 
sorry if this seems random, i have a lot of spare time here at work ,lol

and thanks if you ever get this, lol
 
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2012/03/18 11:55:57 (permalink)
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[id="quote"]quote: Originally posted by AndreaB

The Chi-Chi's in Lexington, KY, did a booming business when it first came to town and was always packed, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. I ate there many times as a teenager.
Prior to it closing, it had become a mere shell of its former self
as new Mexican restaurants came to town. I'm sure those tainted green onions didn't help either.

Andrea


Andrea: You are right about the Chi-Chui's in Lexington. I think I first ate there around 1980 and it was busy. Too bad they went so far downhill.

I think the one in Lexington was located right off New Circle Rd.???

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I used to eat at that Chi Chi's when I was little kid. Loved the chimichanga smothered in queso. Tumbleweeds was another good Mexican spot in Lexington.
 
Recently I visited Lexington to see my sister and we went to La Favorita, a taqueria inside a little Mexican grocery store. It could open up out here in Austin and make good money. Real deal Mexican food.
 
http://www.tripadvisor.co...exington_Kentucky.html
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2012/07/17 19:13:22 (permalink)
Chi-Chi's was based in Louisville and the store in town and the one in Clarksville, IN just across the River, used to be a training ground for Manager trainees/ Back in the early 80's we held College staff meetings in one of their dining rooms on a monthly basis...Plenty of Margaritas, Fried ice Cream and other faux=Mex food that--at the time-- was pretty good--. The place billed the College for X Number of meals, No mention of the "Extras", so we did imbibe a bit more than normal !! They sure went downhill in the 90's though.  I am suprised to see the Chi-Chi's salsa on the shelf at Wally World, I wonder where it's connection to the old restaurant chain remains.
post edited by mayor al - 2012/07/17 19:22:22
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2012/07/21 15:02:50 (permalink)
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[id="quote"]quote: Originally posted by AndreaB

The Chi-Chi's in Lexington, KY, did a booming business when it first came to town and was always packed, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. I ate there many times as a teenager.
Prior to it closing, it had become a mere shell of its former self
as new Mexican restaurants came to town. I'm sure those tainted green onions didn't help either.

Andrea


Andrea: You are right about the Chi-Chui's in Lexington. I think I first ate there around 1980 and it was busy. Too bad they went so far downhill.

I think the one in Lexington was located right off New Circle Rd.???

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


I used to eat at that Chi Chi's when I was little kid. Loved the chimichanga smothered in queso. Tumbleweeds was another good Mexican spot in Lexington.

Recently I visited Lexington to see my sister and we went to La Favorita, a taqueria inside a little Mexican grocery store. It could open up out here in Austin and make good money. Real deal Mexican food.

http://www.tripadvisor.co...exington_Kentucky.html

Tumbleweed Southwest Grill is actually owned by the same entity as the existing Chi-Chi's that are overseas now. That's why the theme song on the commercial for Tumbleweed in the US and Chi-Chi's overseas is the same song ("The Whisper" by Sedona). I loved Chi-Chi's when it was open in the US and I agree that there should be a tribute page. Sorry for those who didn't enjoy the food or atmosphere but I did!!!
 
post edited by IntelligentT82 - 2012/07/21 15:04:59
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/02 15:40:11 (permalink)
While I never got sick from it. I did not like it .(only went once, and never went back).
Pretty much forgettable. ..except the salsa..I think the thing I hated most was their horrible salsa.

That's all I got.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/02 15:46:50 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby wanderingjew 2016/02/02 20:44:50
wow, this one has been in the wrong forum for a long time.
 
admins: any chance you'd move it to the chains forum?
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/02 16:34:44 (permalink)
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There is still a Chi-Chi's in Paris:


27, Blvd. des Italiens
75002, PARIS
cuisine: Amer-TexMex
011 (+33) 01 42 66 09 57

So much traffic in the Google Street View image, it's tough to tell if Chi-Chi's still has a Parisian Presence.  Thank goodness McDonald's and Pizza Hut are still representing on the block.
 
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/02 20:09:12 (permalink)
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wow, this one has been in the wrong forum for a long time.
 
admins: any chance you'd move it to the chains forum?


Oh, c'mon.  It's only 10 years old! 
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/02 20:25:44 (permalink)
well, you know Lisa, its not too often that Greymo and I
 
Greymo
The most amazing part of this whole forum is that no one has yet to send it to "chains" where such a "garbage restaurant" should be" />" />

 
agree on anything, so I take this as motivation :-)
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/02 20:33:44 (permalink)
TJ - You are so wrong. Only one Chi-Chi's is left, so it can't be a chain.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/02 20:43:40 (permalink)
TJ Jackson
well, you know Lisa, its not too often that Greymo and I
 
Greymo
The most amazing part of this whole forum is that no one has yet to send it to "chains" where such a "garbage restaurant" should be" />" />" />" />

 
agree on anything, so I take this as motivation :-)




Tony Bad is no longer a moderator, therefore the thread will not be moved to it's proper forum
post edited by wanderingjew - 2016/02/02 20:48:37
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/02 21:45:12 (permalink)
Oh come on......who cares.....if something is placed in the wrong forum, our world will go on......go have a hotdog with ketchup or something, and get over it!!!!!!
 
PS. What I'm trying to say is in the bigger scheme of things,it's far more important to discuss here than the label or title we put on those discussions. As much as I love this site and have for almost nine years,this Forum Police should end. Once in a blue moon,it happens.Poop,like bad food happens. Until the wrong forum title is brought up, must posters go about discussing and not caring. We were fine without labels getting in the way. It's not a rampant problem, only happens once in a while,usually by mistake....roadfood goes on!!!!!!!  JUST MY OPINION.
post edited by leethebard - 2016/02/02 21:56:00
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/02 22:44:48 (permalink)
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well, you know Lisa, its not too often that Greymo and I
 
Greymo
The most amazing part of this whole forum is that no one has yet to send it to "chains" where such a "garbage restaurant" should be" />" />" />" />

 
agree on anything, so I take this as motivation :-)




Tony Bad is no longer a moderator, therefore the thread will not be moved to it's proper forum
who?
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 02:24:50 (permalink)
Chi Chi's used to serve underaged me and my friends. Blackberry margaritas, YUM. They had good chicken nachos. And as a kid in the 80's who didn't love their fried ice cream with the crushed up cornflakes and honey?

One time at the Chi Chi's in Racine, my auntie walked into the men's room by accident.

I keep seeing their salsa for sale. I remember their salsa was watery and gross. I'm not sure who is buying it.

That's all I got. I wouldn't call it Mexican. More like bastardized American Mexican. Like, the Mexican was an afterthought.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 08:51:02 (permalink)
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well, you know Lisa, its not too often that Greymo and I
 
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The most amazing part of this whole forum is that no one has yet to send it to "chains" where such a "garbage restaurant" should be" />" />" />" />" />

 
agree on anything, so I take this as motivation :-)




Tony Bad is no longer a moderator, therefore the thread will not be moved to it's proper forum


Whoa!  Stop the bus!!!  Tony Bad is still an 
Jus check out his bio on the home page:
 
Tony has been a fan of Roadfood since getting his hand on the first Roadfood book shortly after it was published. His love of the road and things related came from spending his youth in the back seat of the family car taking "rides" to nowhere, and everywhere. Those rides and subsequent Winnebago related adventures led to a permanent desire to hit the road and search for the most important thing on any road trip, a great place to eat. When not parked in front of a computer, Tony likes ballroom dancing, long walks in the park, cuddling by a fire and to wander aimlessly as time permits.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 08:56:45 (permalink)
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well, you know Lisa, its not too often that Greymo and I
 
Greymo
The most amazing part of this whole forum is that no one has yet to send it to "chains" where such a "garbage restaurant" should be" />" />" />" />" />" />" />

 
agree on anything, so I take this as motivation :-)




Tony Bad is no longer a moderator, therefore the thread will not be moved to it's proper forum


Whoa!  Stop the bus!!!  Tony Bad is still an 
Jus check out his bio on the home page:

Tony has been a fan of Roadfood since getting his hand on the first Roadfood book shortly after it was published. His love of the road and things related came from spending his youth in the back seat of the family car taking "rides" to nowhere, and everywhere. Those rides and subsequent Winnebago related adventures led to a permanent desire to hit the road and search for the most important thing on any road trip, a great place to eat. When not parked in front of a computer, Tony likes ballroom dancing, long walks in the park, cuddling by a fire and to wander aimlessly as time permits.



You forgot knitting  and crocheting too.. Tony has mentioned several times that he is no longer a moderator. Paul Sundancer 7 has told me that there are only two moderators left, he and Mayor Al, and as we know, Mayor Al has been temporarily out of commission. So essentially there is only one moderator right now.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 09:17:59 (permalink)
There was a ChiChi's in Orlando near the Navy base in 1984 we would visit for the awesome happy hour jumbo margaritas and free deep-fried munchies!
Someone decided half-priced jumbo margaritas were a bad idea - so I figured that's why they went out of business
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 09:26:19 (permalink)
How much moderation is involved these days?
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 10:24:15 (permalink)
Mike S. is still a moderator.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 10:34:57 (permalink)
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Mike S. is still a moderator.




According to Paul, Mike S gave it up due to married life.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 10:45:19 (permalink)
We need WJ & MH as moderators (Insert spooky sound here).

Back in the day, Chi-Chi's was where it was at for Mexican food. When I first got out of college, the closest Mexican restaurant we knew of was a Chi-Chi's in Toledo. A Roadfood book or Google might have given us better options.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 10:54:10 (permalink)
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We need WJ & MH as moderators (Insert spooky sound here).





I'll bet dollars to donuts it would be offered if I asked. Perhaps in another 15 years or so when I retire.
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 11:00:04 (permalink)
JRPfeff
We need WJ & MH as moderators (Insert spooky sound here).

Back in the day, Chi-Chi's was where it was at for Mexican food. When I first got out of college, the closest Mexican restaurant we knew of was a Chi-Chi's in Toledo. A Roadfood book or Google might have given us better options.



Chi Chi's was the first Mexican food in my area.  We loved it!!! We still have a couple dozen sombreros from all the kids birthdays. 
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RE: In Memory of Chi-Chi's 2016/02/03 11:01:05 (permalink)
JRPfeff
We need WJ & MH as moderators (Insert spooky sound here).

Back in the day, Chi-Chi's was where it was at for Mexican food. When I first got out of college, the closest Mexican restaurant we knew of was a Chi-Chi's in Toledo. A Roadfood book or Google might have given us better options.



Essentially, Michael Hoffman would be able to ban himself! 
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