Tonight my dad and I went back to Chuy’s. We haven’t been there in almost a year and thought it was time to go back. We first went when it was still new but there wasn’t long lines waiting to be seated.
When we arrived we were seated and served with chips, salsa, and cheese sauce. The salsa was pretty good, it had a nice flavor and a bit of heat. The chips were strong enough to hold the salsa and cheese sauce but they weren’t very salty.
I got the veggie enchiladas with green chili sauce instead of ranchero no cheese or sour cream and a side guacamole. The veggie enchiladas came out correct. There was no cheese or sour cream anywhere on my plate or in my side of guacamole. I slathered on the guacamole and topped it with the lettuce and tomatoes in the garnish. the enchiladas were screaming for heat so I added on some of the salsa from the chips and salsa to try to give it a bit of a punch. The enchiladas were made with a blue corn tortilla, and inside there was a mixture of veggies like spinach, peppers and squash. It normally comes with ranchero sauce but I ordered it with green chili sauce instead thinking it would have a bit of flavor and punch. It was pretty bland even with the peppers inside. I did like the fact that it was stuffed with something more than beans, but the veggies didn’t seem to have any seasoning to them other than maybe a bit of salt and pepper. Mind you, it was decent, just didn’t taste like anything that blew my socks off.
Dad got a beef burrito. He got rice and a salad as his sides. Dad liked his burrito. It had good flavor he thought and he liked the size of it. He ate everything on his plate. The cheese on top was nicely melted and it looked to have enough sauce for the burrito. There didn’t seem to be anything wrong with his order.
There was nothing wrong with the food, and the food was made correctly and I have nothing to complain about, but it seemed a bit unmemorable for me. It seemed like any other chain tex mex restaurant. Same old menu items. The restaurant itself is designed to be a funky 1950′s garage or something. The top is lined with old licence plates (or at least refabs) and other memorabilia. It reminds me of those other chains that try to make itself stand out and look cool among all the other cookie cutter bland food chains across America that tries to cater to the lowest common denominator palate. Not to say that is a bad thing per se, however when a good popular local restaurant starts to expand into that chain / franchise opportunity, menu items start to become domesticated, and recipes start going into hermetically sealed packages and this is what seems to be happening here.
The location we ate at is in Norman.
Chuy’s can be found at:
760 N Interstate Dr
Norman, OK 73072