Yep, Chuy’s Rogers is here, and it opens today, Jan. 14. The crowds will be wild at the place, located at 4889 Pauline Whitaker Pkwy (don’t try to GPS it just yet; it’s not on the map but it’s past Target/Cabela’s on the way to Walmart Neighborhood Market.) I am so excited that I had the opportunity to try out the menu before the restaurant opens, and here’s a bit of what you can expect.
“Have you ever been to Chuy’s before?” – I was asked this several times after an entourage of staff greeted me. I hadn’t. In fact, I had no clue what Chuy’s was until last week when I was invited to this event. Once I announced on Facebook that I was going to Chuy’s, the responses were wild. Everyone said, “OH, be sure and try this!” “I could live on their jalapeno ranch sauce!” “I’m so excited we’re finally getting a Chuy’s!” I asked my friends if if was pronounced like “Chewies,” and as it turns out, I was correct.
When I entered, there were tons of extremely friendly staff there to greet me and direct me to my booth, where my guest Danielle was already dining on some chips, salsa and queso and drinking a “Texas Martini,” which tastes a lot like a margarita but with no ice and a jalapeno-stuffed olive. I opted for the Sangria, which you can get frozen or on the rocks. It’s winter, people – on the rocks, please! (Last night $1 of all drink purchases went to the Benton County Sunshine School. Isn’t THAT awesome?)
With the exception of the adult beverages, which are around $10, the food is VERY reasonably priced. Most entrees are around $10-11 and are guaranteed to send you home stuffed if you decide to give in and finish the whole plate. I decided on what is apparently a favorite at the restaurant, the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – two chicken enchiladas wrapped in blue corn tortillas and doused with this delicious, spicy, creamy Boom Boom Sauce, which is DELICIOUS but will also have you grabbing your drink on breaks. Fortunately it’s served up with rice and beans to cut the spiciness a bit.
I spent the next few minutes NARM NARM NARMing to myself, while Danielle feasted on her Tacos el Carbon, which are two steak soft tacos served up with guacamole and other goodies. She said the steak was EXCELLENT.
Our waiter, Joseph, came by frequently to ask how everything was, and all we could say was “Awesome.” The General Manager, Jason, also stopped by to check on us. I grabbed a photo of him so you guys could see who to ask for if you need anything or have suggestions or accolades for him. Advance apologies for the slight blurriness in the photo, but I was in a hurry and had to get back to more important things, i.e., my food. So here’s GM Jason, at your service:
Look at what’s above Jason. Can we get a close-up of that? Of course. It’s a ceiling of hubcaps!
Your ceiling may vary. As I peeked across the restaurant I noticed LOTS of different decorations. There is plenty to look at. It’s practically like the Smithsonian; it’s impossible to see everything in one visit. Also, the music? Totally 80′s. I was very excited that they played Hall and Oates’ “Out of Touch,” as I am known to be one of the best karaoke singers of Hall and Oates in the history of anyone who has ever heard me sing Hall and Oates.
Danielle and I were way too stuffed to even attempt the dessert menu, which includes Sopapillas, Tres Leches, Flan, and a special of the day. “I’m drinking my dessert,” Danielle said as she poured the rest of her shaker into her martini glass. I’d already glugged down my Sangria, and I’ll have you know we drank responsibly by having no refills.
I was honored to be invited to this, never asked to review the place, but I thought you guys should check it out to see what you’re in for. It’s a great place to visit, NOT a place to frequent if you are a calorie-counter like me, but if you’re gonna splurge, I suggest you make your next one at Chuy’s Rogers. Give ‘em a call at (479) 254-2489 to check on hours and see if you need to make reservations. This is going to be a big hit for at least a little while.