2. Everything is fresh, never frozen
Chuy’s menu features family recipes from South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, with all dishes made from scratch every day from “only the freshest ingredients,” Hodson said. “The tortillas start as a bag of flour or masa each morning and are hand-rolled by tortilla experts on an authentic comal that you can watch from the dining room,” he said. “Even inside the Chuy’s freezers, you’lll only find ice cream for the kids meals.”
3. Chuy’s offers 10 different, freshly-made signature sauces
Hodson said Chuy’s knows that variety is the spice of life. That’s why it offers 10 homemade signature sauces ranging from mild Tomatillo to the spicy Hatch Green Chile, all made in small batches throughout the day. Each has a flavor all its own, he said.
4. Commitment to the community
“Chuy’s loves to give back,” Hodson said. “Each Chuy’s restaurant partners with a local charity and serves through fundraising and volunteering.” The new West Chester Twp. location has partnered with Cancer Free KIDS, which funds pediatric cancer research.
5. It’s getting ‘chile’ in here
Each year, Chuy’s contracts with farmers in the Hatch Valley to grow nearly 1.8 million pounds of green chiles just for its restaurants. When they reach their height of flavor in August, Chuy’s sends a team to New Mexico to bring back the fresh-picked crop for an annual three-week Green Chile Festival in each of its restaurants.
6. Happy Hour is designed to be just that
Happy Hour is weekday from 4 to 7 p.m. with “much more” than great drink specials, Hodson said. “We offer a free fully-loaded Nacho Car filled with chips, queso, ground beef and more,” he said. Happy Hour also includes Chuy’s margaritas, which are made using freshly-squeezed limes, without the use of any mixes, Hodson said.