We went to Knoxville this day to have brunch at the Baker Peters Jazz Club before our half off deal expires, but found the doors locked and no one around, so we went to another place Bev had been wanting to try.
Chuy’s is a nearly 40 location chain of Tex-Mex restaurants headquartered in Austin, TX and we ate at the one in Knoxville for our first trip. We got there just ahead of the after-church crowd and it was already pretty full. It was well decorated, warm and inviting with 1950’s vintage Chromcraft type furnishings and a tortilla cooking operation behind a piece of glass for all to see. This is a shot from our table.
They pride themselves on good, fresh made food and everything we saw seemed to agree. The chips and salsa were maybe the best I’ve had, with very thin, crispy tortilla chips and fresh (not cooked) salsa like Bev makes during the summer. Their business model may be similar to the one Cheddar’s seems to have (my guess here) – lot’s of good food at reasonable prices and making their money on the high customer volume.
Bev enjoyed her Chile Rellenos, which were made from Anaheim chile peppers and they had an extra crispy coating on them. She and I both had the Hatch Green Chile Sauce on ours and it was plenty spicy – I didn’t added any of the accompanying sliced jalapenos.
Pat had the Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken of two breast pieces which were coated with a potato chip crust – also very crispy - and she liked hers as well.
I had the steak burrito and thought it was very good, but about half way thru it, I decided to remove the stuffing and eat it with the lighter chips rather than the fill-me-up flour tortilla it was in. It came with charro beans which were just okay (we had some real good ones in Texas last year) and green chile rice which I enjoyed.
Our service was outstanding and the server even sent us home with a bag of chips and a couple containers of salsa. While I don’t go out to eat very often, I will definitely go to Chuy’s again when I get an opportunity.
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