The last time Chili's were in the news, they had a lovely new burger to show us. The Boss Burger, packed with five different kinds of meat, bacon, jalapeño-cheddar-smoked sausage, pulled rib meat and smoked brisket (I had a heart attack just reading those fillings) gives carnivores a fix very few restaurants - barely even any burger joints - can provide.
When you're really hungry and hankering for something heavy duty, a watercress salad tossed with a light vinaigrette and an iced green tea won't cut it. You're going to need something more substantial than that.
All that juicy meat sits atop a patty, BBQ sauce and ranch dressing for extra flavor. Lettuce and tomato are included too to stop you from going to the grave too early. At 1,650 calories, it's the equivalent of eating nearly three Big Macs at once (with the flagship McDonald's burger clocking in at a puny 563 calories), so it's going to have a damn good go at trying to kill you.
It takes a lot of patience, determination and willpower to successfully eat the Boss Burger, but just as much virtue is required to track it down in the first place. The Boss Burger has just made its debut at the test kitchen for Chili's and to the joy of giant burger lovers everywhere.
Their line of Big Mouth Burgers also includes the Southern Smokehouse Burger — topped with bacon, cheddar, and onion rings (you guys, onion rings!) — and the Bacon Trifecta Burger — topped with bacon slices, bacon jam, and bacon aioli. Needless to say, Chili's embodies the philosophy "Go big or go home" wholeheartedly.
If you went to have a Boss Burger or any other sandwich at Chili's anytime in March or April, you'll want to comb through your credit card statement ASAP. Brinker International, Chili's Grill & Bar's parent company, announced a security breach to the Chili's system on May 11.
While the source of the data breach is still unknown, Brinker is working with a third-party forensic team to investigate what happened. It may have resulted in your credit card information being accessed, though, so the company is offering free credit monitoring and fraud resolution services to minimize the damage.
Services include a year of credit monitoring, a $1 million insurance reimbursement policy, and identity theft recovery services. I'm instantly regretting all the "catch-ups" I turned down so I could order Postmates at home and watch Friends re-runs.
In the announcement, Brinker says they believe credit or debit card numbers and cardholder names were taken, but not home addresses or other personal information. At this time, they don't recommend cancelling your credit card unless you've noticed suspicious activity.
In the meantime, if you've received an email or call from Chili's recently, ignore it - Chili's may send out email correspondence as more information becomes available, but they have not done so yet. Keep your eyes peeled and if you want a Boss Burger, get your cash out.