You may know Chili's as the overall winner of our Chain Restaurant Showdown. But are you tired of baby back ribs and fajitas? Then you'll love this news: Chili's Grill & Bar is getting into the pizza game, testing four new pies and a "Create Your Own" option.

Ron Rugless of Nation's Restaurant News reports that spokeswoman Maureen Locus confirmed via email that the pizza testing is indeed happening in "select markets," although no formal announcement has been made.

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The menu listings, according to NRN:

Five Cheese, topped with Cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, pepper Jack and Parmesan cheeses, as well as diced tomatoes and green onion, for $11.79.

Southwestern, with chile-rubbed grilled chicken; chipotle pesto; Cheddar, Monterey and pepper Jack cheeses; green and red bell peppers; red onion; and pico de gallo, for $12.79.

Grilled Chicken and Cheese, with grilled chicken, Cheddar, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Parmesan, diced tomatoes, red onion and cilantro, for $12.79.

Taco Pizza, with ground beef, salsa, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, red onion and cilantro with a cumin-lime sour cream and pico de gallo, for $11.79.

The “Create Your Own” option starts at $10.28 with one of 11 available toppings and three additional toppings for $1.49 each.


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[h/t @RonRuggless]

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  • 1. Chili's

    <strong>First Place:</strong> Buffalo Wings, Potato Skins, French Fries, Onion Rings, Chicken Strips <strong>Recommended:</strong> Nachos, Mozzarella Sticks, Spinach Dip Chili's pretty much killed it -- every single item we tried was either recommended or was the winner (five out of eight!) in its category. Everything was made as it should be, and that's really what separated the winners from the losers. While nothing at Chili's was extraordinary, none of the dishes were cooked poorly, or weren't tasty. The food at Chili's tasted as you expected. It was indulgent without being greasy, fried without being overkill.

  • 2. The Cheesecake Factory

    <strong>First Place:</strong> Mozzarella Sticks, Spinach Dip <strong>Recommended:</strong> Buffalo Wings, Nachos, Chicken Strips <strong>Last Place:</strong> French Fries, Onion Rings When we discussed with colleagues the chains we were visiting, everyone assumed that The Cheesecake Factory would trump the competition by far. People typically seem to love the wide-ranging menu and massive portions. While the food at Cheesecake Factory was definitely better than most (spinach dip with actual spinach, mozzarella sticks with quality cheese ), the french fries and onion rings were the worst we sampled. But there's plenty more to choose from.

  • 3. Hard Rock Cafe

    <strong>Recommended:</strong> Buffalo Wings, Potato Skins, French Fries, Chicken Strips <strong>Not Recommended:</strong> Nachos, Onion Rings Hard Rock Cafe was generally solid. Unlike Cheesecake Factory, nothing was especially gross. But overall, Cheesecake Factory still gets the edge because it had some especially good dishes, whereas Hard Rock just had some solid ones. The nachos were the most disappointing -- to use an extremely technical term, we found them quite "blah."

  • 4. Applebee's

    <strong>Recommended:</strong> Mozzarella Sticks, French Fries, Spinach Dip, Chicken Strips <strong>Not Recommended: </strong>Buffalo Wings <strong>Last Place:</strong> Nachos Similar to Hard Rock Cafe, Applebee's also struggled with its nachos. Too. much. lettuce. Beyond that, Applebee's food was generally fine -- nothing amazing but nothing horrifying. It could be worse. Much worse.

  • 5. T.G.I. Friday's

    <strong>First Place:</strong> Nachos <strong>Recommended:</strong> Chicken Strips <strong>Not Recommended:</strong> Buffalo Wings, Potato Skins, French Fries <strong>Last Place:</strong> Mozzarella Sticks, Spinach Dip T.G.I. Friday's was full of huge inconsistencies. Their nachos appetizer was not only the winner of that category, but also one of the best dishes across all categories. We loved them. That can't be said for most of the other items though. Except for the chicken strips, everything was pretty awful. The mozzarella sticks were horrible on account of both the breading and the cheese. The chips for the spinach dip were soapy. Stick to the nachos and steer clear of mostly everything else.

  • 6. Red Lobster

    <strong>Recommended:</strong> Nachos, Onion Rings <strong>Not Recommended:</strong> Buffalo Wings, Mozzarella Sticks, French Fries, Spinach Dip, Chicken Strips Red Lobster had no winners but a lot of losers. With the exception of the excellent onion rings and the tasty nachos, we'd avoid everything else. The spinach dip sticks out in our minds as particularly egregious -- it was separated and very oily. They should get bonus points for their cheesy biscuits though -- those are good.

  • 7. Planet Hollywood

    <strong>Recommended:</strong> Buffalo Wings, French Fries <strong>Not Recommended:</strong> Spinach Dip <strong>Last Place:</strong> Potato Skins, Chicken Strips Planet Hollywood doesn't quite get last place thanks to a few dishes that weren't too horrible. But it was by far our worst dining experience because when the dishes were bad, they were REALLY bad. We never want to see those chicken strips again. And when you're calling something potato skins but they appear in large chunks, it doesn't really count.

  • 8. Ruby Tuesday

    <strong>Recommended: </strong>Spinach Dip <strong>Not Recommended:</strong> French Fries, Onion Rings, Chicken Strips <strong>Last Place:</strong> Buffalo Wings Poor Ruby Tuesday. You didn't really have that much going for you, though we wish your salad bar could count for something. While most of the dishes weren't outright disgusting, they just weren't very good either. Your spinach dip was a saving grace, which was...decent enough.