Out and About: Chuy’s Kicks Off Green Chile Festival

I love spicy food, so I was excited to check out the new limited time Green Chile Festival menu at Chuy’s restaurant that kicked off August 17.

Chuy's Kicks Off Green Chile Festival

I visited the I-Shops location at the corner of I-Drive and Sand Lake last week with my roommate and we tried a little of pretty much everything off the menu (always bring a friend who doesn’t mind sharing).

We started off with the new Watermelon margarita, which was refreshing and not too sweet, and nibbled on chips and salsa while we planned our attack on the Green Chile Fest menu.

Chuy's Watermelon Margarita

I decided to go with the VIP combo which would let me try two of the menu’s solo offerings: the Bacon Wrapped Pork Relleno and the Fat Daddy chicken enchilada with Green Chile Rosado Sauce and roasted green chiles, served with refried beans and green chile rice.

If you like bacon, the relleno has plenty of it wrapped completely around the stuffed green chile pepper. The concoction is deep fried, so the bacon lots of crisp to it, while the jack cheese inside melts around the pork al pastor inside. It’s a very rich dish, so one was enough for me.

The Fat Daddy enchilada was also good, and thankfully they were able to accomodate my spinach and mushroom allergies, and remove them from the dish. I could taste the freshness of the homemade corn tortilla used, and the chicken had a good taste to it.

I also really liked the green chile rice served with the dish. I normally don’t like the rice served in most tex-mex or mexican restaurants, but if I wasn’t so stuffed, I could’ve eaten a second serving of this rice.

My roommate went with the Bang Bang Burrito, with fajita beef, grilled onions and peppers, and jack cheese, topped with spicy salsa frita and carmelized veggies. Not being much of a veggie fan, she got hers without, so in the photo it doesn’t look like the complete dish. Taste-wise, though, she really enjoyed her burrito. I tried a piece of her fajita beef and it had a really good flavor.

During the meal, we had a second round of drinks. I opted to try another new drink, the Spicy Cucumber Tini, made with Sauza Cucumber Chili Silver Tequila and Patron Citronge. It was served in a shaker that held several martini glass servings, and it was really good. Not too spicy, and an a nice alternative to sweet drinks, this drink packs a punch. You could almost share this. I would’ve but my roommate opted to try another frozen margarita that swirled strawberry and pina colada flavors in a jar-type glass. She likes her drinks sweet and it was good, too.

Chuy's Spicy Cucumber Tini

We finished by splitting the Tres Leches for dessert. After a spicy green chile meal, it was the perfect counterpoint, full of cool creaminess. One order is definitely big enough for two.

I have to also note the great staff. From Eileen the manager to Ronnie our server, everyone was a pleasure to interact with. I often saw other members of the staff singing to the music as they rang orders in or cleaned tables. It’s nice to eat in an environment where the staff seems happy to work there.

Chuy’s Green Chile Festival runs through September 6 at all three Central Florida locations, so make sure you check it out if you like your meals on the slightly spicy side. I know I’ll be going back for a second round.

For locations, directions, and more information, visit chuys.com.

Chuy's Green Chile Fest 2015

Disclaimer: We were invited by Chuy’s to check out the Green Chile Festival menu for review purposes. As always, my opinion is honest and my own. Thanks Eileen for the swag, too!

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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