I guess Im just not a fan of Tex-Mex, I have tried several places and Chuy's is the same, its bland and dry, I just dont see a point in eating Tex Mex when you can eat authentic Mexican food. Im from New Mexico so I would prefer New Mexican food which is hotter and soaked in chile and full of flavor.
the food at Chuy's is just plain and they use too much cilantro.
After all many friends telling me to try Chuys I was so happy I did. We had to wait about 45 minutes on a Wensday night (I am told it's always this way) however you get to eat from the free nacho bar while you wait. When seated we were given chips and different dips and creamy jalapeño dip. That is so addictive. Then you get enchiladas and pick your topping. We ate outside on the patio with fans and some of the best service I have received in the Austin area. Needless to say by the time that my husband and family were done and ready to go we were beyond full and already planning our next trip to Chuy's
This place is a step above cafeteria food. Extremely bland!
If I had somebody come in from out of town--I would not want to take them here. It would give the wrong and false impression of what 'real' Tex-Mex actually is.
The only reason why I ate my dish was that I was starving. But it was as spicy as a glass of water. I am glad I did not pay for the meal.
Go to one of the many other (and awesome) Tex-Mex resturants throughout this city. Those places know how to cook.
I went here for the first time w/ a group of coworkers. I wasnt sure what to order so I just ordered something of their lite menu. The plate that bought was great it had just enough on it since I eat a bunch of chips and salsa they provide before the meal and the cost was nice too.
A favorite of non-hispanics here in Austin, Chuy's offers a not-so-broad selection of Tex-Mex food. Personally, I find the food is borderline inedible. I've been there three times, had three different entrees, and thought all were lousy. If you're looking for authentic Mexican-style dishes, at roughly the same price as Chuy's, check out Manuel's on Jollyville. El Faro, on Wells Branch Pkwy, is also very good and has lower prices than either Chuy's or Manuel's. If you're still wanting Tex-Mex, go to CozyMels in the Arboretum. It's priced about the same as Chuy's but has much better food and a nicer dining room.
Pros: Bar is good at happy hour.
Cons: Food. Service could use some help.
The food is always hot and great. The place is always crowded and you usually have a wait but it is worth it. The veggie enchiladas are the best! For dessert have the sopapillas - they are sooooo gooood.
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