Chillin’ with My Bud at Chili’s with a #CoronaRita

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It’s not too often that I get to hang out with my best friend, Tamme. Sure we talk all the time on the phone, we text back and forth and occasionally spend 30 minutes together over a cup of coffee, but that’s about it these days. Tamme’s off of work for a bit as she just had knee surgery, so I asked her if she wanted to head over to Chili’s to try their new CoronaRita!

The picture above was taken with my new camera, it has a cartoon filter on it. Cool huh? You can actually watch it in action above too! It was really nice to be able to hang out. We just never seem to find the time for that anymore! We decided to go during a quiet time, around 2:00 PM. The lunch rush was gone and there was still plenty of time before the dinner rush would hit. It was an ideal time to go! Tamme and I Chilis CoronaRitaNeither one of us wanted to fill up with a meal so soon before dinner, so we decided to order a couple of appetizers. We ordered the Classic Nachos and the Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip. Man was it good! I’m not a heavy drinker, but I do enjoy a cocktail. If I do partake I almost always have to have something to munch on while sipping. The chips, salsa, guacamole, and artichoke dip were a perfect pairing with the CoronaRitas!

Tamme and I Chilis CoronaRita

The CoronaRita at Chili’s is a new menu item. It’s a margarita made with Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila with a bottle of Corona suspended upside down.

Tamme and I Chilis CoronaRita

While Tamme isn’t really a margarita drinker, she LOVED it and gave it two thumbs up! You can leave the Corona bottle upside down and sip your margarita until the level gets low, then gently lift the bottle to release more, or release it earlier, whatever you like. Definitely different and a perfect match with our Mexican themed appetizers.

Tamme and I Chilis CoronaRita

I have to say that the staff at Chili’s in MCHenry, Illinois were fabulous. As I mentioned, Tamme had knee surgery, so we requested a booth so she could elevate her leg. While we were eating the restaurant manager came out and chatted, asking about Tamme’s leg. Later the bartender stopped by and asked the same thing. He let me snap a picture of him with my cartoon filter on my camera. Ha ha! Everyone was really nice and attentive. Thank you Chili’s in McHenry for a great afternoon!

Tamme and I Chilis CoronaRita

As you can see from this Instagram shot, we really put a hurtin’ on our appetizer plates! They definitely hit the spot.

Tamme and I Chilis CoronaRita

There were these nifty little video tablet things at the table. They were called Ziosks and displayed the different desserts available. Ooohhhhh. Mmmmm! We passed, but it was hard! At least I’ll know to save room for my next visit. :) It was so nice to get out and hang with my besty!


So now I’d like one of you to enjoy some time with a friend! I’m giving away a $25 Gift Card to Chili’s! All you have to do is a leave a comment here by May 9, 2012 at midnight telling me which meal from Chili’s menu would you order to compliment the CoronaRita if you won?

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(You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages and as always, remember to drink responsibly! Winner will be drawn at random and will have 48 hours to respond to the winning notification email or a new winner will be drawn.)

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  1. Joanne Girardin says

    I am craving the margarita lime chicken. But with a toddler, I haven’t had a date night in a long time!

  2. says

    I always have a hard time deciding, but I know my son would order the corn dog with cinnamon apples on the side.

  3. says

    We don’t get to eat out much, but I love a good burger so that’s what I usually get when we do eat out. I’d get the Mushroom Swiss Burger…yummm…

  4. Kel says

    I am not sure for me – salad probably – but my husband would get the ribs! very nice review!!

  5. says

    I’m a serious lime lover kind of person, so I would order the margarita grilled chicken – sounds like a very good pairing to me!

    Thanks for the share on the Coronarita!

  6. Shawna Johnsen says

    That sounds so good!!!!! I haven’t been there in so long (dare bills taking all my money these days!) and I used to get the Fiesta Lime Chicken, but based on all the prior comments it must be called something else now. Either way, I’d love to get a CoronaRita!!!

  7. TJ says

    The Buffalo Ranch chicken sandwich. It’s my favorite and now my teenage daughter’s favorite….just about the only thing we agree on these days! LOL

  8. Susie @ Foodie Fabulista says

    I LOVE their shrimp tacos and I think it would be a perfect compliment! Looks like you had a blast!

  9. Heather says

    Ooooh, I’m due on May 20th, so if I won, I’d love to celebrate with a “grown-up beverage” like the margarita. I’d have it with the steak fajitas. Yum!

  10. Ann Locklear says

    My husband and I haven’t been to chili’s in over 4yrs. We were stationed in the Netherlands. We would definitely get the chips and salsa. We love the salsa. I even found a recipe that is similar to the salsa. We might order the southwestern egg roll too. For t our entree, I might order the chicken/steak fajita. And my husband would probably order the ribs.

  11. Cherie Popely says

    Mmm! I Love their Caribbean Salad, they will still provide me with their Honey Lime Dressing!
    The CoronaRita looks interesting though, never would’ve considered it, but your review was tempting…..Gonna have to get there quick for a bit of a taste!

  12. Judy W says

    My husband would order the Spicy Garlic & Lime Grilled Shrimp and I would get the Monterey Chicken!

  13. Sunny C says

    I would Love to try the Margarita Lime Grilled Chicken!!! I Love grilled foods with a Yummy Cocktail!! :-)

  14. anash says

    Mandatory Entry:

    Thanks for the chance!
    Email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  15. jenny says

    it really doesn’t matter what I order for an entree because I always fill up on the chips and salsa before the meal and end up taking the rest home!

  16. Kenia says

    I would get the corn guacamole with chips and the chicken explosion salad


  17. Krissy says

    I’d order the Grilled Chicken Salad. Looks so yummy and I’m watching my calories. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  18. Eddie Murphy says

    Do you know if the coronarita bottle holders are available anywhere or are the exclusive to Chilis ? I would love to get ahold of a few for my backyard

    • says

      Hi Eddie. That I don’t know, but I would think you could call or stop in to your local Chili’s and ask the manager or the bartender. I’m sure they could answer that question! Also, I did a quick google search for “coronarita bottle holder” and there were quite a few for sale on eBay!

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