If you're going to Chili's hoping to get your usual main course and dessert, you might want to check and make sure they still serve the food you crave.
As of this week, the Dallas-based restaurant chain has cut its menu by 40 percent. Chili's is going "back to its roots" and plans to improve the foods that people most know them for. Primarily burgers, ribs and fajitas.
You might look at it this way: The mango chili tilapia is dying so that Chicken Crispers can live.
In the specific case of the southwestern mac and cheese, Chili's is throwing fans a bone. They've uploaded a video showing people how to cook it for themselves at home.
Other items being cut from the menu include the grass-fed burger, spicy shrimp tacos, smoke chicken quesadillas and triple berry crumble cake.
In a statement posted online on Sept. 8, the company said, "We started life in 1975 as a small burger shack on Greenville Avenue in Dallas, and now we serve burgers, ribs and fajitas all around the world. As we've grown, our menu has grown, until we ended up with 125 dishes -- about as many college football teams as there are in the NCAA. You could get everything from quinoa to mango tilapia at the favorite Chili's down the street, but we heard you ask us a question: 'Just because you can be everything to all does that mean that you should?' So, after a lot of self-reflection, we've realized something you may already know -- in restaurants as in life, you just can't be everything to everyone."
They're having some fun with the departing items, though. They've uploaded videos to social media sending certain foods off into the sunset with movie parodies, and one mimicking the Oscars' yearly "In Memoriam" segment.
They also call out the smothered smoked chicken burrito as a "Former Vine Celeb," which might might be a subtle reference to a real Chili's-related Vine that went viral. Somebody on the Chili's marketing team got hip, apparently.
If you want to check and see whether your favorite Chili's food is alive or dead, you can look at their menu online.