When someone mentions “fast food”, often the first restaurants that come to mind are the American franchises like McDonald’s, Burger King, Hardees, KFC etc. I remember when McDonald’s first opened in the late 90s here in Lebanon. People stood in lines reaching far into the parking lot just to grab a Big Mac. Looking back at it now, I realized how ridiculous that was. Why would anyone stand in long lines for fast food? Kinda defeats the purpose, but at some point, the Lebanese public was so eager for the franchise to move in it didn’t seem that crazy..
During my recent trip to Amman, my friends insisted we go to Chili Ways. The image of Chili’s itself kept coming to mind and I kept wondering why would I want to have Chili’s in Amman when I can have it in Beirut?
I soon found out that this Chili Ways has nothing to do with Chili’s. It’s apparently as much a signature of Amman as the mansaf and was the first fast food restaurant to open in Amman way back in the 80s. (It still has that 80s look to it too) It’s now a popular franchise, with several branches in Jordan.
Talk about comfort food! Burgers, hot dogs, french fries and any other fast food craving slathered in chili sauce and cheddar cheese – so much so we must’ve asked the waiter for napkins at least three times. You’ll be full until the next morning and probably won’t eat it more than once during your trip but it’s one of those things you gotta do at least once while in Amman.
And seems everyone does and leaves photos behind:
Kids seem to REALLY love it. One thing I didn’t get was the recurring horse photo on three of their walls. Same horse, same photo. Is that the owner’s horse perhaps?
(Our hands were too messy from all the chili sauce and didn’t get a chance to take photos, but go to their website for a visual reference of their food)
This place certainly has character, more so than your typical fast food chain. Leave your diet at the door and enjoy it! Come to think of how long this place has been around – I wonder if Jordanians stood in lines when the first McDonald’s opened there..
Afterthought: When my Jordanian friend read this, turns out there were lines at McDonald’s opening too!