I had the great pleasure of dining with Christine Egli to discuss the upcoming Got Guts 5K for Celiac Disease. (www.GotGuts5k.com) We met for lunch at Chuy’s on Barton Springs in Austin. If you have never been to Chuy’s (and I had not) then you will be surprised (if not shocked) by the décor. The best way to describe it is “sea side” New Orleans-ish colors and water theme meets Ruby Tuesday’s-wall decorations (and even that description does not do justice to the atmosphere!)
I found it comforting that all of the food was made fresh on site, and that at any time I could ask for the ingredients of any dish. I had the Chicken Fajitas and they were great! (I was warned by the server, Katie, that the flour tortillas were cooked on the same flat-top grill as the corn tortillas. We should be aware of the chance of cross contamination. Like many restaurants, they can not guarantee that these corn tortillas are gluten-free, so please use your personal judgment when choosing what to order. The management and wait staff was very helpful and helped me to make an informed decision. I do not recommend the corn tortillas in light of the cross contamination possibility. If you do chose to have them, then please be aware of this chance from cross contamination. )
I decided to have the corn tortillas, and I was surprised that they were so soft! The beans and rice were also safe (per the manager) to enjoy, stuffed into a corn tortilla with the yummy chicken! The Chuy’s website suggests talking with the manager and staff about any questions or concerns. I would recommend this anyway. It is important that we are always in the habit of informing the kitchen of our “special” needs. We must always ask questions! (At least that is my motto!) You might feel tired of asking these questions, or simply want to “order like a normal person” but remember that if we don’t have all of the information, we can not make a good decision! And that applies to so many things!
I enjoyed lunch at Chuy’s so much that I went back a week later with another friend. This trip I had the chips (corn chips friend in a dedicated fryer) to start, and then the “Deluxe” chicken enchiladas (requested with corn tortillas) with tomatillo sauce. They were so good! Everyone was very understanding, and was careful to ask questions so that they understood what we could have and what we couldn’t have. I really enjoyed Chuy’s and if you are in the mood for great priced Mexican food, you will too!
(Gluten-Free info on their website, www.chuys.com/faq.html They have more info on their website as to what is gluten-free and what is ok to order. You can print this information out and take it with you! Go the the FAQ page, and then on the right hand side, there are numbered selections, and the gluten-free FAQ’s are under # 14, so click on “More” to advance to the higher numbers if needed. )