Chuy’s Mexican Food Blasts Traditional Tex-Mex Restaurants Out of the Water
May 28, 2012 Leave a comment
While traveling cross-country for any reason, even moving, we’re always looking for new dining establishments to try. Sure, Bowling Green isn’t that far from Cincinnati, but when your moving truck only moves at 35 mph through the hills of Kentucky, it is easy to get hungry in a hurry. Besides, by the time we got there, we’d been on the road a while.
When we pulled off the freeway, we scoured the horizon for restaurant options. There was the usual fair, but we were a little tired of Cracker Barrel and fast food. Then suddenly it was like the angels shone heaven’s light down from the skies like a spotlight until there was no way we could miss the big pink palace with a sign emblazoned with the words “Chuy’s Mexican Food.” Having never been there, and since we rarely meet burritos we don’t like, we decided we’d been sent a sign from beyond.
First of all, we were impressed by how clean the restaurant was. The bathrooms shone so brightly they could have served our tortilla chips on the tile floor and we may have scarfed them down. (Okay, perhaps that is an exaggeration - we’ve never been quite that hungry.) But still, after being on the road and stopping at nasty truck stops with raunchy bathrooms, this place was like an oasis!
Then there was the service. We were served by Devon, one of the nicest guys you’d ever hope to meet, and definitely one of the best waiters we have ever had. Ever. He brought us samples of some of their sauces, like the Deluxe Tomatillo Sauce (closest thing to our own recipe we’ve ever encountered), the Creamy Jalapeno Sauce (imagine that ranch dressing and a spicy jalapeno hooked up one night and had a baby – this would be it… so delish) and my favorite, the Hatch Green Chile Sauce which was filled with slow-roasted peppers and caramelized onions. OMG, it made me want to slap my mama. Hard! It was that yummy!
We asked Devon what his favorite dish was, and while he rattled off a few, it was the Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom which was our favorite! Our mouths still water just thinking about the fresh-roasted chicken and cheese smothered in Boom-Boom sauce made with New Mexican green chiles, tomatillos, green onions, cilantro and lime juice. We wanted to just open a vein and pour that sauce in. Forget blood, we needed a Boom-Boom infusion!
To top off the meal, Devon brought us a special treat, puffed sopapillas dusted with confectioners sugar, cinnamon and drizzled with honey. The last time we’d had them taste so good was during our last trip to New Mexico.
All the while we were thinking, “Cincy needs one of these places!” Because, to be honest, even with as many Mexican restaurants as we had in the Queen City, there wasn’t anything like Chuy’s. But we’re happy to announce that the wait will soon be over for our friends back in Ohio, because Devon and the manager told us that one would open up in Cincinnati by the end of the year. So if you’re reading this now, consider it your sneak preview, and when it’s built, be the first in line to try these amazing flavors.
For our Texas friends, you don’t have to wait at all. Chuy’s seems to be everywhere (although not in Texarkana yet, but hopefully we can work on that). Still there are plenty of locations in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. If you live in one of these towns, or plan to visit, go get your eat on y’all! Tell them Jathan and Heather sent you!