“Do they have a nacho car?” –Mom
Clearly, this was the first question she asked me. My mom is a Texan, the original Chuy’s was born in Austin in 1982. Chuy’s and Tex Mex are synonymous–so you better believe I was quite excited to hear they were opening a Chuy’s in Charlotte (also, yes, the Charlotte Chuy’s does have a nacho car).
However, my first experience at Chuy’s was less than stellar. I went a few weeks after they opened their doors in South Park. The service was pretty lack luster–it took about 20 minutes for a waiter to acknowledge us sitting at a table, and that was only after we flagged someone down. It took another ten for them to actually find our waiter. I ended up only getting drinks that evening; the most positive part about the night was the self service nacho car (and the tasty, tasty queso) and that my margarita was good (once I actually got it). I chalked the experience up to confusion and inexperience, and then continued get my Mexican fix at other great Mexican restaurants in Charlotte.
I wanted to try Chuy’s again (and I wanted to give them some time to work out their kinks). Recently, I was invited to a tasting event for local bloggers to try some menu items for Chuy’s 26th Annual Green Chile Festival.