Would you like a free appetizer, chips and dip, dessert or kid's meal?

Would you like a free appetizer, chips and dip, dessert or kid's meal?

On the eleventh of December, my true love gave to me, four free food deals at Chili's.

The first deal, for carry-out only, is a free chips and choice of dip with purchase of an adult entree. Full-Size Flatbread qualifies as an adult entree. The deal is not valid as part of the $20 Dinner for 2 and can not be combined with other coupons. There is a limit of one offer per purchase.

The second deal, for dine-in only, is a free appetizer with purchase of an adult entree. The deal excludes the Triple Dipper and Flatbreads, although a Full-Size Flatbread qualifies as an adult entree. The coupon can not be combined with other coupons, and the offer is not valid as part of the $20 Dinner for 2. There is a limit of one offer per table.

The third deal, for dine-in only, is a free kid's meal with purchase of an adult entree. Available to children age 12 and under, there is a limit of one free kid's meal per adult entree ordered. The adult entrees can not be from the Lunch Combo menu, and a Full-Size Flatbread qualifies as an entree. Multiple redemptions per table are allowed.

The fourth deal, for dine-in only, is a free dessert with purchase of an adult entree. The deal is not valid as part of the $20 Dinner for 2. There is a limit of one offer per table, and it can not be combined with other coupons. Full-Size Flatbread qualifies as an adult entree.

Yes, it's basically the same deal they offered at the beginning of December. No, it won't be basically the same article. The deals are good from now until December 12.

Are the deals worth it? My answer is a wholehearted yes.

The chips and dip can be a meal in and of themselves--I know; I've done it. Add the free chips and dip--in my case, the guacamole--to the not-free entree and you have dinner for two in the comfort of your own home.

The second deal depends on whether you want to be naughty (bring on the bacon!) or nice (low-fat? sign me up!). My nice girl would go with the Southwestern Egg Rolls, which the menu describes as "Crispy flour tortillas stuffed with juicy smoked chicken, black beans, corn, jalapeƱo Jack cheese, chopped red peppers & spinach." They're served with avocado-ranch sauce. My naughty girl would go with the Loaded Potato Skins or Texas Cheese Fries.

The third deal isn't of much interest to me since I don't have any children and am about 20 years to old for a kid's meal, but both of my brothers are married with two kids. Two parents, two children, two adult entrees, two free kid's meals, how many were going to St. Ives?

The fourth deal is a definite must. Isn't the whole point of dinner to qualify to eat dessert? And Chili's has some good ones--Pumpkin Spice Molten Cake (with a cinnamon cream filling), Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie, Molten Chocolate Cake, Brownie Sundae, and Cheesecake. I personally would go for the Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie--along with a glass of milk.

The coupons for each of these deals are on Chili's web site.