In high school I loved Mexican food, but sadly I developed a serious allergy to cilantro/coriander several years ago and for the most part I stay away from Mexican food. I hoped to find a place that could accommodate my allergies and have delicious Tex-Mex food. I jumped at the chance to attend an opening event for Chuy’s Tex-Mex in Sterling, VA and I’m glad that I did.
The ambiance of Chuy’s is whimsical and comfortable. Our toddler loved the Elvis bust in the lobby and the trees “growing” in the dining room. We all enjoyed watching tortillas being freshly made just across the room from our table.
Like any good Tex-Mex place, we started out with chips and they were salty, warm and our son’s favorite thing. I couldn’t try the guacamole or salsa because it all contains cilantro. I was disappointed, but not terribly surprised. I wish that more restaurants, Tex-Mex and otherwise would realize that many people cannot eat cilantro and we might like salsa or guac.
After speaking to a very helpful manager I verified that my meal choice was going to be absent of cilantro ( I always plan ahead of time and have ideas and verify my choices, I like to be prepared.) The chicken flautas were made completely cilantro free! Hooray. Not only were they safe for me to eat, they were also light, perfectly crispy and filled with a delicious, spicy sauce. The chicken was tender and the whole experience was a savory delight. I’m a big fan of rice and beans and they were light and full of flavor as well.
If you’ve ever had tres leches cake then you know it’s a creamy cake quite like nothing else. The tres leches cake at Chuy’s Tex-Mex is light and spongy, sprinkled with strawberries and floating in a pool of rich, slightly zesty creme fraiche. It’s sweet, without being too sweet, and perfectly cools down the palate from a spicy dinner.
The service was wonderful. The staff was caring and helpful with my allergies When our son burned his hand on a hot plate everyone was very helpful and apologetic that the hot plate had incorrectly ended up on our table. G was fine, no burn marks, no harm done. But, I appreciated the care, courtesy and helping us have a positive experience.
I’m already looking forward to visiting Chuy’s Tex-Mex again. It’s a treat to eat food that tastes so fresh. You know my birthday is just a few months away! 🙂
Kari Liked: The flautas, beans, rice and Tres Leches cake were all super-delicious.
Kari Didn’t Like: I wish that they offered salsa and guacamole without cilantro.
Chuy’s Tex-Mex recently opened a new location in Sterling and we were there to see just how good this chains Mexican food could be. The verdict is in, and it’s a good one for Chuy’s.
When we first walked in the atmosphere at Chuy’s was really interesting. The décor has a very kitschy feel to it, and while some might feel it was overboard, I enjoyed it.
The food started with their chips and salsa and some guacamole. The chips really are amazing. The house made tortillas fry up wonderfully and make for a crunchy tasty chip. The salsa was loaded with cilantro so it had quite a bite. I preferred the guacamole, which while it still had some cilantro in it, was quite smooth and lovely.
I ordered the #6 Combo, which contained one steak enchilada, one ground beef taco and one chicken chalupa. I chose the Tex-Mex sauce consisting of chile con carne and red chile sauce. Chuy’s recommends it for beef or cheese so I felt safe in having it with my Steak Enchilada. The sauce was spicy and peppery, but still allowed the rest of the enchilada to shine through. The steak in my enchilada was delicious. It was tender and juicy, and I loved it. The ground beef taco was great too. The chalupa was quite a surprise. The chicken was light and flavorful. The beans, cheese, and jalapenos all worked great together on the fried tortilla.
Kari’s flautas were also quite tasty. I could definitely order her meal and be a happy dinner too. The red chipotle sauce accentuates the rest of the dish quite nicely.
We finished off our meal with a piece of Chuy’s tres leches cake. I was initially very skeptical of this cake. It looked too tall, too dense, and dry when I first looked at it. All that melted away once I tasted it. This cake is light and creamy and sweet. An unexpected haute cuisine twist is that instead of sitting in condensed milk, this cake is served over crème fraiche. I’d never thought tres leches could taste this kind of good, and I am a confirmed fan!
RJ Liked: All of the food was very good. It’s difficult to pick a favorite. Probably the Chalupa.
RJ Didn’t Like: For my taste the salsa had too much cilantro, and it was quite loud at times.
(We attended a preview event and were given complimentary meals, however all opinions are our own.)