Before moving to Fairfax, I lived in Austin, Texas, a number of years and have seen my share of Tex-Mex restaurants. One of the most popular restaurants in the city was (and still is!) Chuy’s. When I heard that Fairfax was going to open its very own location, I was thrilled. Once their doors were open I gathered the family and went straight there!
Chuy’s bodes shrines to Elvis Presley, a La Chihuahua Bar featuring framed pictures of local dogs, metal palm trees and a hubcap-covered ceiling. The nacho bar in the trunk of a car — a signature happy hour special from 4-7 p.m. — is a must. Help yourself to refried beans, salsa, chips, queso and ground beef. People love the “Creamy Jalapeño,” which they also can deliver alongside their chips and salsa. Their tortillas chips are homemade, which adds to the authentic taste.
Chuy’s combines an amiable atmosphere with traditional Tex-Mex cuisine. Though it’s a chain, Chuy’s is committed to using fresh ingredients. Their green chiles come from Hatch, N.M. and their tortillas are hand-rolled from scratch-made dough. All of the sauces, salsa and guacamole are also made in-house. The menu is chock full of traditional Tex-Mex fare such as enchiladas, tacos, tortilla soup, fajitas and more are consistently tasty and filling.
So what should you try at Chuy’s?
A popular favorite is a Chuy’s original, Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken: a chicken breast breaded with Lay’s potato chips, deep fried and smothered in green chile sauce and cheddar cheese. I am positive it’s good for you, or at least good for your soul!
Chuy’s is centrally located, minutes away from downtown Fairfax at 11219 Lee Highway. Stop on by and let us know what your favorite dish is!