The Gleeful Gourmand: One Last Texas Entry

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

One Last Texas Entry

To cap off our eating Tour de Force through Austin, I quickly and humbly submit Chuy's. Although this is a chain restaurant, it felt like we were eating in a mom-and-pop establishment - and I say that with the utmost respect. Boasting burritos as "Big As Yo Face" and a philosophy revolving around the freshest ingredients, I can honestly say I was 100% happy we stopped here for lunch. The salsa that came with the obligatory chips was all right. I've had better, I'll be honest (and the salsa got me back for that statement by launching itself onto my shirt), but it was the creamy sauce that came with the chips that really caught my attention. Usually when you go to a Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant, the creamy sauce is kind of a glorified ranch dressing. This was so much better with fresh herbs, a very light texture, and an ultra-fresh taste. It was instantly addictive. I had the Tacos Al Carbon (apparently Lance Armstrong's favorite post-workout meal at Chuy's!), and I was 100% impressed and happy with them. The freshness of the chicken was what I especially enjoyed. It was tender, flavorful, and juicy. And that was just the chicken! The veggies were equally as fresh, and crisp, adding a nice crunch to the whole experience.

My only complaint was that the room we were in was way too loud. The acoustics were awful, and although the music was good (classic rock), it was way too loud. However, that was my one and only complaint. I highly recommend Chuy's for an authentic, fresh Tex-Mex meal.


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