Have you heard about the newest restaurant to hit the Schaumburg scene? Chuy’s, the Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant known for its made-from-scratch dishes and fun-loving, eclectic atmosphere, just opened its second Chicagoland location last week in Schaumburg. It’s been awhile since we had some good Tex-Mex, so we were looking forward to checking it out for ourselves.
- The decor is fun and colorful! The atmosphere at Chuy’s is just as vibrant as the menu. And even if you’ve been to another Chuy’s, each location is unique in their own way. When we walked into Chuy’s in Schaumburg, we noticed how bright and fun it was from the stars on the floor tiles to the “school” of hand-carved wooden fish hanging from the ceiling.
The rest of the restaurant is as fun and cheerful as the entrance.
….and these unique metal palm trees.
- Local dogs are showcased. The La Chihuahua Bar features framed pictures of local dogs, and get this – if you bring a framed photo of your dog, you get a free appetizer! How awesome is that?
- Cool, I mean really cool, and fun t-shirts. You can bet my son wanted the PikaChuy shirt!
- Chips are addictive. Their complimentary chips and salsa are seriously so addicting. They are light and crispy and freshly made. This girl couldn’t get enough!
- Fresh, fresh, fresh! Everything is made from scratch. And when I say everything, I mean everything. From the tortillas to the guacamole to the alcoholic drinks. Everything! The only things that come frozen are the ice cream/popsicles, and french fries (for the kids meal.) They are committed to their “Fresh Never Frozen” philosophy. For instance, their homemade tortillas start as a bag of flour every morning and are rolled all day on a traditional comal proudly displayed in the dining room. My little ones were fascinated watching them make tortillas on the traditional comal. Loved that you could see through the clear glass window.
- Fresh guac. We love guacamole and had to try their world-famous guacamole. Staying true to their philosophy, it was super fresh and quite delicious. I could have done without the lettuce in it, but it was still good! Since the guacamole is made fresh every time, we’ll just ask without it next time.
- Get your drink on! Freshness does not stop in the kitchen. Chuy’s famous margaritas are made with fresh-squeezed lime juice.
- Delicious. Yes, as you can imagine, the food was great! We started out with Panchos, a step up from regular nachos that included fajita beef. You could also order chicken or ground sirloin. Each tostada chip was piled on with refried beans, cheese & jalapeños with lettuce & tomato.
With so many menu choices it was hard to choose what to eat. We ended up with fajitas, shrimp tacos, and combo meal #1 Comida Deluxe that included so much food — Cheese Tex-Mex enchiladas, chicken flautas, a seasoned ground sirloin crispy taco, guacamole & homemade tostada chips dipped in chile con queso.
- Large portions. Keeping in with the true Texan philosophy of where everything is always bigger in Texas..well the portions are definitely huge! You can easily share an entree…like this Big As Yo’ Face burrito. Definitely bigger than my son’s face.
- The sauces! Oh, these sauces. There are ten handcrafted signature sauces made daily that they range from the mild Tomatillo to a spicy Hatch Green Chile. We could NOT get enough of the creamy jalapeno sauce with just enough kick. If we could, we would have left with a bottle of this stuff. It’s that good!
- It’s the perfect environment for kids. You know how I feel about bringing kids to restaurants where they have to be oh-so-quiet. Not here – the place is popping with laughter, conversation and, yes, kids!!
- Kids have choices. The kids menu carried typical favorites like cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, but loved that they had mini version of their specialties like mini burritos, mini tacos, and an enchilada. My little one chose quesadillas at the recommendation of the general manager and she was happy with it.
Plus they were pretty happy to get a dessert at the end — their choice of ice cream or popsicles.
- Exceptional service. Our waitress, Rubi, was A-MAZING! We hardly had to ask for anything because she thought of it before us. I’m talking refilling our waters, bringing lots and lots of napkins (we do have 3 young kids!), bringing more chips (told you we obsessed with the chips!), bringing more sauces, bringing more plates, getting to-go boxes and packing the food for us. She was super thoughtful and friendly like asking if we wanted photos taken.
- The prices are great! We found that the prices were pretty good especially with the sizes of the meals. You can definitely split an entree to save even more.
- Two words. Tres Leches. First of all, it’s huge! Our whole family shared and we still had some left over. Secondly, it. was. awesome!
The verdict? Chuy’s Tex-Mex was everything we wanted and more. Fun atmosphere, great prices, fresh food, large portions, awesome customer service, plus the kids ate their food! What more could we ask? If you’re in the Schaumburg area, you must stop by and visit! Even if you aren’t in the area, it’s definitely worth the drive. And please, do yourself a favor – try the tres leches.
- To save even more money, visit anytime Monday – Friday when they have the Fully-Loaded Nacho Car, a free build-your-own nacho station that includes complimentary chips, salsa, queso, ground sirloin and more, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Bring a framed picture of your dog for a free appetizer!
- They plan on opening a third location in Orland Park by early 2018, and you’ll bet we’ll be there!
Location: 1701 E. Golf Rd. in Schaumburg. Located right by Woodfield Mall (across from JCPenney)
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Parking: Plenty of free parking.
Fun Facts About Chuy’s:
- Chuy’s opened on April 16, 1982 in an old, abandoned Texas Barbeque joint in Austin, TX.
- The menu offers family recipes from south Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made to order from the freshest ingredients.
- Their founders, Mike and John, started Chuy’s with the belief that they should help out the community, especially the kids, so you’ll see each Chuy’s restaurant partnering with a local charity. For their Warrenville opening, they raised $7,500 for Student Excellence Foundation!
Disclosure: Our family was a provided complimentary meal in exchange for a review. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.