“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.

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zada jane’s corner cafe

Zada Jane’s is a breakfast joint. They serve lunch and dinner too, but serve breakfast all day. I went there once for dinner right after I moved to Charlotte, and I ordered breakfast. If you’re looking for good breakfast, at any hour of the day, you need to go to Zada Jane’s. Zada Jane’s really…

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out of town: fratellos

Fratellos is a neat place—perched near the dam along the Fox River in Appleton, it’s a restaurant and brewery in an old textile mill with big picture windows, beautiful rustic brick walls, and modern art, white tablecloths and glistening wine glasses to soften the buildings industrial feel. It was our go to “fancy” place in…

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competition dining series–fire in the city

I became (slightly but actually really) obsessed with Food Network in college. It was like something went off and I no longer found cooking shows boring but actually interesting, intruiging, and drool inducing. I got in the habit of DVR’ing some of my favorite chefs’ cooking shows and turning them on in the background when…

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snapshots august


A lot has been going on here recently–a week at the beach, celebrating a good friend’s upcoming nuptials and some fun foodie events! 1. I was invited to check out Chuy’s special menu in honor of the 26th Annual Green Chile Festival. I had so much fun at the tasting, and the food was unique,…

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Upstream was at the very top of our list to try for this summer’s Queen’s Feast. AJ grew up near the water and I’ve spent a lot of time near the ocean (and I absolutely love it!) so a restaurant that is centered around the day’s freshest catch is right up our alley. I made…

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holy city brewing

It was project avoid downtown Charleston the day after the Cooper River Bridge Run (we had scheduled a three day weekend, so the traipsing around downtown was tentatively scheduled for Monday once the 30,000 plus runners exodus occurred on Sunday night). After a mediocre brunch in West Ashley ish (I think we were in West…

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I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now, and my recent blogiversary has helped my reflect on my little space on the Internet. Recently, I’ve been thinking about blogging benefits (many of which you can read on my new, revamped, about me page). Some of those benefits include immersing myself in the Charlotte foodie…

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Blue delivers on classic flavors in a classic environment. While Blue’s focus is on mediterranean cuisine, Chef Gene Briggs delivers a myriad of flavors from across the globe, which creates a unique and delicious experience. Blue’s unique menu is a combination of traditional, year round dishes mixed with specials that rotate seasonally which gives guests…

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snapshots obx


July has been crazy busy for me, so I am excited to have a whole week off work and go on a real vacation. This weekend, I’m headed to one of my favorite places on Earth, Duck, NC, in the Outer Banks. My family has been going to the Outer Banks for 27 years to soak…

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