#LeggingsInLexington: Chuy’s Tex Mex

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Howdy from Texas!

I’m so excited to be spending the summer back home with my family while my husband is in training with the military. I have a great support system of “FRAMILY” (friends that are like family) in Lexington and am so grateful they’ve supported me through the first leg of our family’s temporary separation. Being in Texas means we are that much closer to my husband’s military graduations (plural, one in June & the other in August) and my family support system here has been so gracious to welcome us in and walk through this next phase with me and my daughter, Camden.

I will be traveling quite a bit in the weeks to come and can’t wait to share the eats I find along the way. But since we’re in Texas now, I think I’ll start with the most colorful cuisine of the Lone Star state, Tex-Mex!

So, a little back-story, my husband Brian is originally from the Chicago area where their idea of Mexican food is Taco Bell. If this is also your understanding, I’m sorry you don’t have real friends in the south to tell you otherwise. When Brian moved to Texas four years ago, my now sister-in-law tricked me into a double date at Chuy’s Tex-Mex. I thought it was a “Welcome to Texas!” dinner with the whole family for her brother and mom. I’m not too mad about it because it did work out for us and I always welcome an excuse to get white girl wasted on chips and dip.

From left to right: me, husband, brother-in-law, sister-in-law/matchmaker

I couldn’t tell you what I ate on that blind double date four years ago, but I can tell you my favorites from many visits before and since. I mentioned getting white girl wasted on chips and dip for good reason. Chuy’s offers the usual chips and salsa before, during and even after your meal if you’d like. What a first-timer may not know is that there is a second dipping sauce that has been dubbed many names- crack, liquid gold and creamy. All of these are very fitting nicknames for Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip. It’s pretty self explanatory, it’s creamy ranch dip enhanced with jalapeno peppers. It goes on EVERYTHING (except dessert, unless you’re into that sort of thing) and is ever so abundant. It’s complimentary if you are dining in, but curb-side picker uppers will pay a pretty penny to add it to their curb-side order. Not saying you shouldn’t add it to your pick-up order, just stating facts.

Photo Credit: http://8128blog.blogspot.com/2013/02/chuys-creamy-jalapeno-dip-recipe.html

Now, if you are looking for a belt busting entrée, I recommend the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo. It’s somewhat of a pu pu platter that will give you a good taste of all the staples. It includes a “Beef Tex-Mex enchilada, cheese Ranchero enchilada, chicken Tomatillo enchilada, a seasoned ground sirloin crispy taco & homemade tostada chips dipped in chile con queso”. The magic of Chuy’s is in their sauces and this all-inclusive entrée highlights its’ finest.

Photo Credit: https://newsok.com/gallery/articleid/3677974/pictures/1728302

I may not have revealed this about myself yet, but I definitely inherited a massive sweet tooth from my mom. And it just so happens that Chuy’s offers one of my most favorite desserts, Tres Leches Cake. This is a dense white cake that has been soaked in three different variations of milk (tres leches= three milks). Drizzled with a glossy caramel sauce, and topped with sliced strawberries, this dessert is decadent and satisfying. In memory of that “blind double-date” experience that launched our relationship, my husband and I shared a piece of Tres Leches cake on our wedding night. So sweet! Pun intended.

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I’m relieved to report that just this passed month, my in-laws visited the newly established Chuy’s in the Chicago area. They’re really branching out from their original locations in Austin so when you find one near you, go. Don’t think, just go.