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Taste of Tuscaloosa: Chuy’s Delivers Tex-Mex to T-Town with Bold, Fresh Flavors

Chuy’s offers up fresh Tex-Mex fare with a hefty helping of funky fun. Chuy’s offers up fresh Tex-Mex fare with a hefty helping of funky fun.

By Sheena Gregg

Tuscaloosa’s Shoppes at Legacy Park has been booming with new business lately, including the deliciously famous Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant, which opened last month. The Austin, Texas-based eatery promises to give its customers a unique experience, one that includes delivering the full, fresh flavors that their food and drinks are known for.

“We want people coming in to expect exceptional service, a great, family-friendly atmosphere, and amazing fresh food,” said Nick Gordzelik, owner and operator of Chuy’s in Tuscaloosa. “We want to keep our folks happy and we try our best to fulfill any dietary modification requests.”

On that note, patrons can expect bold flavors in a variety of sizes – something not always offered in other restaurants. Chuy’s offers menu items in half or mini orders, allowing diners to adjust their portion size without sacrificing taste. Made from scratch sauces such as the tomatillo, ranchero, and creamy jalapeno are just a few from the bunch of Chuy’s unique sauce repertoire.

Gordzelik was kind enough to offer me a unique opportunity as a “quality taster.” I was able to taste some of the most famous Chuy’s menu items, including the Elvis Presley Memorial combo, which features three different enchiladas (beef Tex-Mex, chicken Tomatillo and cheese ranchero), a ground sirloin taco, and tostada chips dipped in chile con queso. Yes, I can honestly say that “quality taster” is a job I could get used to.

If you’re in the mood for an adult beverage, you’re in luck. Fruity, frozen margaritas boast fresh flavors with pureed in-house strawberries, lime juice, and mangoes. Those looking for a new favorite drink can order Chuy’s homemade sangria on the rocks - a blend of tequila, red wine, triple sec, fresh fruit juices, and Monin blueberry syrup.

Happy Hour features drink specials and a special nacho “car” that includes complimentary chips, salsa and more.

If you’re not sure how to start your first dining experience at Chuy’s, consider stopping in between 4 and 7 p.m. during the week for Chuy’s Happy Hour, which features drink specials and a full nacho “car” with complimentary chips, salsa, beans, beef, and queso. Or, if you’re in more of a takeout mood, Chuy’s full to-go menu will keep your family happy and full.

With a balance of bold, fresh flavors, Chuy’s hits the mark of having hearty high quality food. It’s a must on your dinner “to do” list!

Chuy’s Tuscaloosa:

Location: 1320 McFarland Boulevard East, Ste. 710, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 (The Shoppes at Legacy Park)

Hours: Sun -Thurs 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Phone: (205) 349-4947

On Facebook: Chuy’s Tuscaloosa

Photos: Sheena Gregg

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-gregg-83612a9b

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