There has been quite a buzz leading up to the opening of Chuy’s. The official opening for Chuy’s was March 22nd. Lafayette was excited to have a Chuy’s in the new Costco shopping center.
Chuy’s is a Tex Mex Restaurant that originated in Austin, TX in 1982. The first restaurant was opened in an old Texas BBQ Joint. The vision of the founders Mike Young and John Zapp was a fun and funky, Tex Mex restaurant that would serve authentic and fresh food that would accommodate everyone.
The name Chuy means Hey You in Spanish.
When we arrived there was already a line out of the door. This was in the middle of Happy Hour. For those who may not know, at Chuy’s during Happy Hour, free chips, salsa and queso are served along with drink specials.
The chips, queso, ground sirloin and salsa are served out of the trunk of an old red Dodge. The fully loaded Nacho Car. Pretty cool set up.
Chuy’s Happy Hour is from 4pm-7pm, Monday-Friday.
We decided to eat Nachos and sit on the patio area outside. The patio area appeared to serve as the waiting area for those waiting for their buzzer to go off.
During our wait, we had a chance to catch up with some friends. A great time to chat while indulging in some of the best Chips and Queso in Lafayette.
The Chile Con Queso consisted of a homemade blend of melted cheese, green chile and ranchero sauce. Omg. Superb.
Ask for some of the Spicy Jalapeño ranch to drizzle on top. Amazingly delicious! The jalapeño ranch should be bottled and sold. So good.
Chuy’s restaurants are all similar. In their words. “if you have seen one Chuy’s, you have seen one Chuy’s”. The original touches in each restaurant being the wooden fish, bright and shiny hubcaps and the cameras through out the restaurant.
The wooden fish are purchased from the same company that they have been ordering from since the opening of the very first Chuy’s. The fish are hand carved wooden and colorful.
Before we were seated, we had a chance to watch the ladies prepare handmade tortillas.
Tortillas are the key to any Tex Mex meal. The tortillas are prepared on a comal. The dough is made fresh every morning. Tortillas are delivered to your table pipping hot.
After we were seated, Chips and Salsa was bought to our table. Honestly we had eaten the Chips and Queso, so we weren’t hungry for any of it.
Fruity drinks are my speciality, I ordered the blackberry lemonade. The blackberry lemonade was on point. So good.
My husband ordered the strawberry lemonade.
Baby Boy was ready to eat after our long wait. We ordered the kids chicken nuggets with fries. The chicken was fried perfectly. The chicken tasted really good, but lacked seasoning. I know that the dish is for children but it was a bit bland. I will say the chicken was moist and not dry.
In addition to the chicken tenders, the other options were crispy tacos, enchiladas, cheeseburgers just to name a few.
Baby girl ordered the Cheese dillas. The cheese dillas are grilled tortillas with cheese and served with fries or macaroni.
The kids menu was filled with many options.
Our appetizer that night was the Chicken Tortilla Soup. Pictured below is the Soup, a Chuy’s recipe. Homemade chicken broth, with freshly-roasted hand pulled-chicken, avocado, roasted corn, green chiles, tomatoes and cilantro topped with cheese and tortilla strips.
The soup was delicious. Packed with veggies and good flavor. I had to add a little salt but other than that the soup was really good. The soup reminded me of grandma’s recipe. Chunks of Chicken.
During our visit at Chuy’s, we were so excited when our adopted son Luis came over to our table. He is such a sweet guy who is passionate about his Mexican culture and he’s an all around good guy.
We began chatting about the restaurant and he was so excited to see what I thought about the restaurant. Before he left the table he mentioned to me about trying the different sauces. Because I am a blogger, I was excited to try the sauces.
Chuy’s serves a few different sauces. The sauces are homemade. Each day the sauces are made in small batches everyday. The flavors range from mild tomatillo to the spicy hatch green chile sauce. Each sauce has a flavor of its own.
I ordered the Steak and Chicken Combination Fajitas. The plate arrived at my table sizzling hot. The meat was served on a bed of grilled onions and bell peppers. The dish is also served with beans and rice, hot tortillas and lettuce, shredded cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream. An incredible dish.
The meat is marinated for 24 hours in Shiner Bock Beer, serrano peppers, lime juice and secret spices.The meat was cooked and seasoned perfectly.
I had plenty to take home for leftovers. Let me just say the food was just as good the next day for lunch. Which is a good sign when you can enjoy your food the next day.
Above is my husband’s dish. He ordered the Stacked Enchiladas. The dish is an Authentic New Mexican recipe. Made with handmade blue tortillas, stacked with freshly-roasted, hand-pulled chicken, cheese, tomatillo sauce topped with sour cream. The dish was also served with refried beans, mexican rice and lettuce, tomatoes and jalapeño.
Chuy’s is a kid friendly environment. If you are looking for a restaurant for the entire family, Chuy’s is a wonderful place to dine. The waiters and waitress are friendly and accommodating.
One of the things that I loved about Chuy’s is that they partner with the Healing House. For those who don’t know, the Healing House is a community organization that provides support and education to grieving children, their caregivers and the Acadiana Community. Their mission is that no child grieve alone.
I absolutely love that!
Overall the food was superb. The service was incredible. We absolutely enjoyed our time at Chuy’s. The wait was a bit long, but it was well worth it.
Chuy’s is located at 4505 Ambassador Caffery Parkway. The Hours of Operation are Sunday-Thursday 11 am – 10 pm and Friday -Saturday 11 am – 11 pm.
What a great ending to a good day!