A popular Austin transplant on Knox known for its Tex-Mex fare, whimsical decor and reasonable prices..
Both the noise level and the design are huge and loud. Bright candy-colored walls flank an Elvis fountain, bubblegum machines and a jukebox. Shiny hubcaps decorate the ceiling in one room, and fish paintings stud the walls of another. Bikers, SMU moms and teenagers all clutch beepers near the bar and fountain, while they wait for a table.
The primarily Tex-Mex menu features low-key and laid-back dishes. Egg roll-like banditos with ranch dressing are a popular start; whole-wheat tortillas fried with cheese and jalapenos, cut into gooey, spicy chunks. While the table crispy chips can be thin to scoop, the chunky salsa fares better than the smooth one. Stuffed sopapillas with ground beef and bubbly cheese satisfy any appetite. Chili rellenos feature a well mixture of cheese and thick crust. Finish the meal with dessert sopapillas: fresh, puffy and served with bottles of honey.
Chuy's is the Best in Tex-Mex. The atmosphere is fun with great music. Margaritas are great, particularly the Swirl a half lime half strawberry margarita. The freshca (chunky) salsa and creamy jalapeno ranch (it is to die for - take some home or use as dressing on their salads) with chips get you going, Banditos (deep fried wheat tortillas filled with chese and mild peppers set you up for the main event - the Chuychanga, big as yo' face burrito or Chuy's Blue Corn tortilla special are all good. Try the Hatch Green chille sauce, it is hot and great! Daily specials are the bomb - Get the Chicka Chucka Boom Boom on Wednesdays - two chicken enchilldas covered in cheesy, green chille laden sauce with green chille rice and beans - its the best!
Fresca me baby!. I go for the Chips and Fresca and Creamy jalapeno dressing. I'm their biggest fan. Make several trips a week from Richardson. The mexi-cob salad and tortilla soup are both unbelievably good. Try their daily specials...they may just sound ok on the menu but they are AWESOME! This would require a Mon-Fri trip. It's true on weekends and at dinner time the wait can be long, try early dinner or lunch during the week. On Saturdays and Sundays don't go between 12-2 if you can't afford to wait.
be patient. It's a given that there will be a wait. And they don't take reservations. Fortunately, the margaritas are good, which helps pass the time. This location is convenient to other hot spots that you can go to after dinner.
Good food, could be better atmosphere. Good food. Have never been disappointed in taste. However, the atmosphere, although fun, is sorta wide-open in some spots. Their salsa needs some serious help, though. (ugh!!) Other than that, the food is really good. The wait for a table can sometimes be lengthy, but they have a great bar to hang out in while you wait.
old reliable. If you're entertaining a group of picky eaters, this is the place to go in Dallas. Nothing too scary, just good Tex-Mex in a festive atmosphere. Great drinks, good service, free parking.
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