Written by Shirley T
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 08:55
If you are in Texas, Tex-Mex is a common term used to describe the dishes that blends ingredients available in United States but influenced by the culinary created in Mexico. In other word, Tex-Mex connotes 'Mexican food' in Texas or in some other states, they refer it as 'Southwestern cuisine'.
Having said that, the preparation and ingredients used in Tex-Mex dishes may be different from the original Mexican dishes. For instance, the salsa sauce of Tex-Mex is usually added with plenty of cilantro while the original Mexican food does not. Tex-Mex cuisine utilizes heavy usage of melted cheese besides meat, beans, spices and Mexican-style tortillas.
Burrito, taco, fajita, enchilada are the common terms on the menu of Tex-Mex restaurants. If you are not familiar, ask the server staff. They are usually helpful, able to explain or recommend.
When Friday comes, it is usually the rest day for my home kitchen. We went to Chuy's for Tex-Mex as this restaurant is highly recommended by our local friends.
Guess this venue is pretty popular. And getting there on weekend night means we were part of the crowd. We arrived about half past seven and we waited for about 40 minutes before being ushered to a cozy indoor corner for four and a half. Our common practice during queuing is to check out the menu. Thus as soon as we sat down, we were ready to order.
My Significant Other opted for Chuy's Special which is a platter of blue corn tortillas stacked with roasted chicken, cheese and tomatillo sauce. This is an enchilada and the accompaniments are either Mexican rice or Green Chile rice and charro beans.
I made up my mind for Baja Tacos. My platter was served with battered fried fish and shrimp (one of each) and it was also served with charro beans and Green Chile rice.
Prior to our food's arrival, we were served with a big basket of tortillas and the hot salsa sauce. This was on the house for appetizer. It had been so long since I took something hot. It really made me felt like home! The tortillas were paper thin and crispy. Perfect with salsa! We finished every single piece as they were addictive. Once I started biting, I couldn't stop eating these tortillas.
We love the food and we would find some time to go back!
11680 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 342 0011
Business Hours: Sun - Thu from 11am - 10:30pm and Fri-Sat from 11am - 11:30pm
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