Mmm.. burritos and enchiladas and tortillas and margaritas. I don’t think there is anything I don’t like about Tex-Mex or Mexican food. So when I heard the buzz that Chuy’s, the Austin-based restaurant was coming to Columbus, I knew I had to try it out. I had heard some mixed reviews from friends and online but honestly it was pretty tasty and we will absolutely be back. They just opened up this location at Easton Gateway across from the new Whole Foods Market about a month ago and judging by the line out the door at 1pm on a Wednesday, I’d say they are doing pretty well for themselves.
Since there was a bit of a line, we had to wait for about 20 or so minutes. We had a bit of a blast from the past with this cute little buzzer they gave us while we were perusing The Container Store next door. I do wish that Chuy’s would get with 2015 and start texting customers when the table is ready. I know that’s a bit bratty, but it would be mighty helpful especially since the buzzers don’t work when you step away from their front door.
Once we got our seats, we had a little bit of a wait until a server came to greet us. Eventually, a gentleman named Lukas popped over and called dibs on our table because no one had showed up yet. He brought us some chips and salsa which were wonderful. Because they make fresh tortillas every day, I’m assuming these chips were homemade. They were crispy, only slightly oily and definitely addicting. True life: I love bottomless chips at Mexican restaurants. They were served with some fresh homemade slightly spicy salsa.
We had already scoured the menu and knew we wanted to start with the appetizer plate so we could try a little bit of everything. Lukas tried to sell us on an item not on the menu yet, the ooey gooey chuy or something along those lines, but we had our eyes set on that app plate. We have a bad (or delicious) habit of ordering everything we want on the menu. But, we always have leftovers so it’s basically a win-win for everyone.
The appetizer plate has chile con queso, nachos, deluxe quesadillas, chicken flautas, guacamole & sour cream. I loved the chile con queso, it had a slightly peppery taste and was wonderful with the nachos. The deluxe quesadillas were amazing. I actually wish I didn’t have to share them because I could have eaten about 6 more. The tortilla was so fluffy and the toppings were fresh, moist and fantastic. I usually hate pulled chicken because it’s dry and gross. The chicken flautas were absolutely delicious and filled with juicy, fresh, white pulled chicken.
After we stuffed ourselves with fried tortillas, we attempted to dig into our entrees. I ordered one of the combo dinners, the number 5 with a chalupa and an enchilada. To be exact, it was a Chicken Chalupa, a homemade corn tortilla fried and topped with refried beans, cheese, freshly-roasted, hand-pulled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes & jalapeños, & Deluxe Chicken enchilada. I LOVED the chalupa, it was crunchy and slathered in refried beans which are my favorite. I didn’t really love the enchilada, the sauce is their deluxe tomatillo which is sour cream based. I’m not a sour cream fan, so I would definitely suggest another one of their homemade sauces.
The Beard got the steak burrito and he thought it was “fantastic.” The sauce on the burrito was a spicy Hatch Green Chile which had great flavor and was spicy without burning your mouth. He got double rice because he’s not a bean fan (weirdo, I know) and while it had the right spices, it was a tad on the dry side.
As we were checking out, Lukas mentioned that we could become part of the “frequent fan” club and we happily joined. When you buy five entrees, you get one free which is actually a pretty good deal. The prices of Chuy’s Columbus are pretty average for tasty Tex-Mex food, about $9-$13 per entree. We went during lunch so we couldn’t take advantage of my favorite meal of the day, happy hour. But, they seem like they’ve got a pretty good gig with $5 margaritas and a free chip truck. Since I posted our app plate on Instagram, a friend (from Austin) suggested the creamy jalapeño and said it would change my life. I guess I know what I’m getting with my $5 margarita next time we visit.
We went during lunch so we couldn’t take advantage of my favorite meal of the day, happy hour. But, they seem like they’ve got a pretty good gig with $5 margaritas and a free chip truck. Since I posted our app plate on Instagram, a friend suggested the creamy jalapeño and said it would change my life. I guess I know what I’m getting with my $5 margarita next time we visit.