In an effort to save money lately, Haley and I decided to brown-bag our lunch for the past 3 weeks. Despite the tediousness of the same lunch every day, I’ve probably saved almost $100 by not eating out for lunch in almost a month. However, I knew it wouldn’t last… at least not for Friday’s lunch. My normal lunch buddy Mike went to Canada for 2 weeks and my other lunch buddy Jayson always disses me and eats some leftovers from some previous night. So when this Friday rolled around, I decided I had enough of my lunchbox routine and forced them to eat with me because 1) it was a long week and 2) Friday started out as an exceptionally good day. So the lucky restaurant that was selected for lunch was Chuy’s in Murfreesboro.
Chuy’s is a Tex-Mex chain restaurant originating in Texas with a limited (but growing) number of locations around the southeast. Just recently in the past year, the only two Chuy’s in Tennessee have sprouted in Franklin and Murfreesboro. They offer traditional Tex-Mex dishes coming from family recipes from South Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico consisting of (but not limited to) burritos, enchiladas, nachos, quesadillas, tacos with a wide array of signature sauces. Each Chuy’s has unique decorations such as wood fish, old hubcaps, tile in funky colors, metal palm trees, colorful art, and a shrine to Elvis himself. They even have a dedicated wall to pictures of local residents’ canines (which gives you a free appetizer). I was told that each Chuy’s is unique to one another and that no two Chuy’s restaurants would look the same.
I’ve frequented Chuy’s in both Franklin and Murfreesboro many times due to the strange cravings Haley and I have of their homemade salsa fresca. Despite the peak lunchtime traffic and the fact that there was a 10 minute wait, our buzzer went off the minute it was handed to us. So the experience at Chuy’s started off with a bang, but then dipped down into an abyssal nothingness. It’s not that our waiter (his name I forgot) didn’t take care of us often… it was the fact that he did it too often (if there was such a thing). You could tell he was new but to the degree where it was socially awkward. For example, while taking our drink order (which should last no more than 15 seconds), he ended up taking 5 minutes explaining to us some sort of upcoming green chili festival Chuy’s celebrates and then proceeds to tell us how some of the new menu items incorporates green chilies. Not to mention when we got our food, I barely got 2 bites in and he started asking us what we wanted for dessert and delivers another 5 minute elaborate speech of how the Chuy’s tres leches dessert is created. Quite uncomfortable… but I knew he meant well and I cross my fingers that he’ll get better over time.
I like several things on Chuy’s menu, especially their signature items such as the Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom (which I highly recommend), but for Friday I wasn’t feeling chicken and opted for another signature item, the Beef Burrito. The Beef Burrito is a simple burrito consisting of just seasoned steak with cheese sitting in a 12″ hand-rolled flour tortilla and slathered with spicy Hatch Green Chile sauce (beef stock, fire roasted green chilies and caramelized onions). If you’re not into a sauce that spicy, you can opt for 6 of the other sauces on the menu. Served with their green chile rice & charro bean (a bean side dish, but more of a soup consistency), this meal is big enough for some of the strongest appetites. Since the Beef Burrito is just 4 ingredients, you wouldn’t expect it to be much but it’s quite tasty and the steak and the sauce is really what bring out the flavor in this dish.
If you’re looking some good Tex-Mex food, look no place else other than Chuy’s. I highly recommend the signature entrees but some of the other dishes seem to miss the mark as you can find their combination platters to not be as good as authentic Mexican fare. Nevertheless, Chuy’s offers quality Tex-Mex at a reasonable price.
|Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant
801 Northwest Broad Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Bill Total: $12