After nearly a year of living in Austin, I finally went to Chuy's, which is a wildly popular restaurant (at least the Barton Springs location is wildly popular; I'm not sure about the other locations). It wasn't my first attempt to eat at this particular Chuy's. The first time I tried to go to Chuy's, it was a Saturday night and there was an hour and 40 minute wait, so my friends and I went down the street to Baby A's. This time, it was a Monday evening, and there was a 40 minute wait. At least the waiting area has a bar and tables. It wasn't too bad. It's a popular, loud place. In fact, the room in which we were seated had a ceiling decorated in hubcaps. It was very interesting. Oh yeah, the margaritas are good and strong and the food isn't bad, either. It's probably not the absolute best Tex-Mex in the area, but that's what places like Fonda San Miguel are for. The food is pretty good, though. It's just a decent, casual restaurant full of locals and tourists alike. If you're into checking out popular places, then go to Chuy's. The wait can be annoying, though, so it might be a good idea to try going at a not-so-popular time.
Favorite Dish: Well, the tortilla chips were good. Enchiladas, too. And margaritas.
Chuy's has a fun decor with lots of Elvis stuff and random kitsch. There is always a wait, but you can sit at a table by the bar and help yourself to chips and salsa while you wait.
Favorite Dish: I always get the guacamole tacos, which come with lettuce, cheese, tomato, rice and beans on the side so you can fix your own tacos how you like them. And of course lots of jalapeno ranch sauce -- if they don't bring it to your table with the chips and salsa be sure to request it, it's addictive! My husband likes the Sunday special, golosa enchiladas, which have a tasty green chile cream sauce.
Chuy's is a local chain of Mexican Restaurants that are popular in the Austin area. This one, on Barton Springs Road, is famous as the place where the daughters of President George W. Bush got busted for underage drinking.
Mark and Sarah took me here to enjoy some refreshment and kill a little time while we waited for the Austin VT meeting which was to take place a little later that evening a short distance up the street. It is very near Zilker Park, where we took walk along the creek and out to Town Lake.
Chuy's motto is: Keep Austin Weird. We don't take anything seriously... except our food..
The little food I sampled at Chuy's was good. Among the interesting things you will find here are:
The Elvis Presley Memorial Combo
La Chihuahua Bar
Burritos as big as yo' face
World Famous T-Shirts
Tex-Mex the way you like it
Blue corn tortillas
and MUCH more.
Sun. -Thurs: 11am-10:30pm
Fri. - Sat: 11am-11pm
Happy Hour: Mon. - Fri: 4pm-7pm
The outside of the place alludes to something funky and unique. The inside is bustling with college kids/20s/30s aged people chomping down on food that looks so fantastic, my mouth watered right away! The decor is cool, bright, artsy, funky. I loved the fact that they had someone right in the middle of the restaurant making fresh tortillas. If I ever go back to Austin I will eat here for every meal. ;-)
Favorite Dish: We ate deeeelicious guacamole and chips and I had their (HUGE) bean and cheese burrito.
Tim has sizzling chicken fajitas
You can choose from like 5 different sauces to go with your meal. I had my burrito with the deluxe tomatillo sauce. creamy, spicy heaven!
We both drank their oh-so good margaritas....
Chuy's is a mexican restaurant with a difference. upon entering the place is covered with Elvis Memoribilia and in the main restaurant area there must be hundreds of car hub caps stuck to the ceiling.
I just couldn't stop staring at the ceiling.
the people in the place must have thought i was nuts or something.
excellent food and at a very reasonable price
Favorite Dish: Well before this i had not been to a Mexican
as they do not have many in Oldham so i was not sure but anyway i was talked into having
the deluxe chicken enchilada Wow! i love this place and it is so reasonable priced unfortunately we only went once and i would love to go again maybe in 2005 i can visit Austin again!!!!
Ok, so many of you have heard of this restaurant because of the Bush twins' underage escapades, but there is a reason these ladies enjoy their drinks at this Austin original. With its dedication to Elvis Presley and his obsession to food.. to the wonderful chips and fresh salsa, you can not go wrong with a meal here.
For those of you with big appetites, I would recommend the Big as your face burrito, and for an interesting taste, enjoy the Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas.
Favorite Dish: Elvis Presley Memorial Combo.
Chuy's (pronounced Chewies) is Tex-Mex and has been around quite a long time I think. It is always crowded, so plan for at least a 30-minute wait in the bar. You can order and eat at the bar if you do not want to wait or help yourself to the free salsa bar. They do takeaway too. Now made more famous for reporting the 'Bush' girls underage drinking.
The decor is wonderfully tacky with the odd Elvis velvet painting and paper mache fish and birds. Definitely over-decorated but thats part of the charm.
Favorite Dish: I had the Chuy's special (half portion and that was more than enough) - blue corn tortillas stacked with smoked chicken, cheese, tomatillo sauce and topped with sour cream. The Fajitas were also excellent - big servings. Two types of salsa with your corn chips... very good, spicy.
Kind of an Austin icon, with texmex food velvet elvis paintings, hubcaps and art all over the walls, and friendly staff. There are a couple in town, this is near Zilker park - kind of a touristy thing
Favorite Dish: Chimichanga (a deep fried burrito) with tomatillo sauce., make sure to ask for the creamy jalapeno sauce with your chips, and get a maragarita.
Where to start? I'll start with the decor. You enter into the "Mil Pescado" bar, which is Spanish for 1,000 Fish. It's called this because of the authentic Mexican wooden fishes hanging from the ceiling. There is a old fashioned photo booth which is big with the tourists. The next room, one of the two dining rooms, is like stepping back into the 50's. There is part of an old Cadillac hanging on tthe wall and velvet matador paintings. To top it all off, there's a huge poster of the restaurant's "Patron Saint", The King himself, Elvis Presley. You'll find other Elvis themed decorations throughout the restaurant. The next dining room is painted pink with diamond shaped mirrors and roses everywhere. The celing is covered with real hubcaps. The diners here participate in the tradition of putting their initials on little dot-shaped stickers and sticking them to the hubcaps. Yeah, I've done it before. Hey, I can be touristy in my hometown if I want! Anyway now to the food. It's delicious! Not much else to say!
Favorite Dish: The World Famous "Big As Yo' Face Burrito™". Beef, beans, and cheese put together in a huge torrtilla! Mmm! That's good eatin'!
Chuy's is a Tex-Mex institution in Austin. The food is pretty good, but go for the ecclectic atmosphere.
Velevet Elvis painting's on the wall
Favorite Dish: Enchilada's