Chuy’s Winter Park Aims to Give Kids the World with it’s New North Orlando Location
Stepping into a Chuy’s is like stepping into 1950’s Texas…or so i would imagine. I was born slightly later. The newest addition, Chuy’s Winter Park, is no exception. Bright colors, cool wheels, and a lot of Elvis is waiting for you – along with really great TexMex.
1950’s style decor throughout.
Chain restaurants in general get kind of a bad rap, let alone Mexican style chains. Yet the Austin, TX-based Chuy’s has somehow surpassed that stigma – it has become known as a standard in TexMex, rather than a second rate substitution.
The drink menu has something for everyone, without sacrificing the theme. Margarita? Choose from a thousand (slight exaggeration). Not a tequila fan? Try a spicy cucumber martini. Want something even simpler? A Modelo or Dos Equis is there to quench your thirst, south of the border style.
Clockwise from top left: Swirl Margarita, Spicy Cucumber Martini, Watermelon Margarita.
The chips and salsa, and variety of different starters, are tasty and never ending. The Queso Compuesto is quite possibly the most intriguing queso I’ve ever demolished; it’s more of a queso-guacamole-salsa hybrid.
We took our time deciding on entrees, mostly because the menu is sizeable and everything looks, well, really good. I ended up going with the combination fajitas: I figured this way I could sample both the chicken and steak, and not skimp on toppings. My guest chose the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo: wow. They say the King was larger than life, but I think they meant his Combo. We also both got sides of the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom sauce: it’s a legend, and we had to try it. It did not disappoint. Spicy, which I love, but the spice doesn’t overpower the unique flavor.
Chicken and steak combination fajitas.
Staff and guests alike were having a great time: laughter and smiles filled the place, and considering this was a charity event for Give Kids the World, you can imagine why. Proceeds from the evening benefited the foundation, which shows a lot about Chuy’s corporate character and ideals. In fact, Chuy’s has raised more than $175,000 for charity partners since 2010.
Clockwise from top left: chips & salsa, queso compuesto, tres leches.
I’m not a huge dessert person, but we couldn’t pass up the Tres Leches after seeing a neighbor enjoy it. Fresh and decadent, it (almost) converted me.
Chuy’s Winter Park is open for business and located on 170 S. Orlando Avenue, near Winter Park Village. Be sure to go hungry and you’ll be sure to leave happy.