Day 1 – Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Chuy’s TEX-MEX
We originally came to Austin after our son, Eduardo moved here in 2006. One of the first places he took us for “real” Tex-Mex food was Chuy’s in downtown Austin. In our semi-annual trips to visit the capital of Texas, we have rarely missed an opportunity to eat at Chuy’s.
4301 W. William Cannon, Bldg C
Austin, TX 78749
The originators of Chuy’s opened their first restaurant in Austin in 1982 and as they say the rest is history. One can now enjoy eating at Chuy’s in 19 states – there is even one in Colorado with two more planned.
The décor of the buildings are all funky and different but the menu and quality of the food is the same (they say!) On this trip we went to the Arbor Hills center that we have been visiting for the past 9 years since our son bought his home in Southwest Austin.
In the past we have had to wait for at least 30 to 45 minutes, Chuy’s is a very popular place! We knew that it would be very busy the night before Thanksgiving so we arrived at 5:15. Miraculously we got a booth immediately.
Our server, Zida was very friendly and helpful and by the time we had received our beverages, the main dining room was full. No reservations are accepted, but for large groups they do allow a call ahead. On the other side of the partition the servers were setting the tables for a group of 22. It took two servers to handle that group.
The menu is varied with different combinations of TEX-MEX selections and they have a special every day of the week. Eduardo chose the Stacked Enchiladas made with homemade blue corn tortillas. Gennie had the #3 plate, a ground beef taco and a cheese enchilada. Vic stuck with his favorite, two crispy rellenos. All meals are served with refried beans or charro beans and Mexican rice or green chile rice.
Although Chuy’s is always busy and the noise level is very high, they do have a garden. During nice weather people can sit outside, enjoy their famous Mexican martini, a Margarita, or other beverage and the thin and crispy tortilla chips and the very best creamy jalapeno sauce.
Whether you are in Austin, the site of the original Chuy’s, another city in Texas, or another state in the union, try their lively atmosphere, great service, and incredible TEX-MEX food.
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More food . . . love it! Happy Thanksgiving to you both. With love, Dee and Sloan
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