Chuy’s on International Drive – Bringing Tasty Tex-Mex to Orlando

Chuy’s on International Drive – Bringing Tasty Tex-Mex to Orlando

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Chuy’s is a Tex-Mex chain restaurant based out of Austin, Texas that recently opened their second location here in town on International Drive near Sand Lake Rd (the first location was in Kissimmee off of US-192). This is one of the first of many other new developments on the I-Drive corridor as part of the I-Shops project.

If you’ve had Tex-Mex in Texas before, you’d know there is nothing else like it in the world – the flavors are intense from the steaks to the peppers and vegetables.

International Drive is a little far away from Texas, but from what I tried recently during their opening events, Chuy’s should be able to do Tex-Mex cuisine proud. Chuy’s Tex-Mex cuisine includes the traditional enchiladas, nachos, quesadillas, and tacos and the price points are all very reasonable with most entrees falling below $15, great for traveling families and even locals. The tortillas are made in house, as can be viewed through a display area where ladies mix dough and flatten them out the way your abuela used to make them.

Kitschy decor and Elvis themes pervade at Chuy’s and in the bar area, nachos are served out of the back of a make shift Chevy. The original owners of Chuy’s first struck popularity after dressing up the original restaurant in Elvis paintings and decor and the theme stuck ever since; there is even a dish called the Elvis Presley Memorial Combination – a fittingly huge dish not for the faint of heart. The Tres Leches cake is a must for dessert – the best I’ve had in Orlando!

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Chuy's is Elvis themed
Chuy’s is Elvis themed
Kitschy decor
Kitschy decor at Chuy’s
Ladies making fresh tortillas by hand
Ladies making fresh tortillas by hand
Queso Compuesto $6.99 - filled to the brim Chile Con Queso topped with a satisfying trio of seasoned ground sirloin, guacamole, and pico de gallo
Queso Compuesto $6.99 – filled to the brim Chile Con Queso topped with a satisfying trio of seasoned ground sirloin, guacamole, and pico de gallo
Our server was fantastic despite the hectic first night
Our server was fantastic despite the hectic first night
Nachos, freshly made, light, thin and crispy - some of the best nachos in Orlando
Nachos, freshly made, light, thin and crispy – some of the best nachos in Orlando
Guacamole $5.99 - fresh, good, but I did not like the lettuce mixed in. Kind of felt like they were cheating.
Guacamole $5.99 – fresh, good, but I did not like the lettuce mixed in. Kind of felt like they were cheating.
Chuy's Chicken Tortilla Soup $4.29 - Light, refreshing chicken broth with  tender, hand-pulled chicken, avocado, roasted  corn, green chiles, tomatoes & cilantro, topped with  cheese and tortilla strips
Chuy’s Chicken Tortilla Soup $4.29 – Light, refreshing chicken broth with
tender, hand-pulled chicken, avocado, roasted
corn, green chiles, tomatoes & cilantro, topped with
cheese and tortilla strips
Taco Salad $8.99 - Homemade tortilla bowl with fresh, mixed salad  greens, tomatoes, cheese, guacamole & your choice  of fajita chicken, fajita beef or seasoned ground sirloin
Taco Salad $8.99 – Homemade tortilla bowl with fresh, mixed salad
greens, tomatoes, cheese, guacamole & your choice
of fajita chicken, fajita beef or seasoned ground sirloin

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Crispy Tacos – $8.29 – Hand-formed corn tortillas filled with seasoned ground sirloin, lettuce, cheese & tomatoes

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Chuy’s Margarita

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The Elvis Presley Memorial Combination $10.99 – Beef Tex-Mex enchilada, cheese Ranchero enchilada, chicken Tomatillo enchilada, a  seasoned ground sirloin crispy taco & homemade tostada chips dipped in chile con queso

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Fried Tortillas Dessert

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Flan

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Tres Leches – the best Tres Leches cake in Orlando

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