Today at 11 a.m., the Austin-based Tex-Mex chain Chuy's will open near Miami International Airport. The first 50 customers in line will receive free food for a year.
If you're one of the lucky winners, you'll receive a punch card redeemable for 12 complimentary meals, which include a choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert.
As with all of the brand's locations, the new store will include an Elvis shrine, inflatable tropical birds, large metal palm trees, bright tables and chairs, and colorful dangling lights. The location will also boast the chain's signature La Chihuahua Bar, decorated with framed photos of customers' dogs.
When it comes to the food, everything at Chuy's is made from scratch. The menu bursts with Mexican flavors, which are packed into a variety of comfort-food-inspired dishes such as burritos, enchiladas, and tacos.
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Most of the restaurant's recipes are influenced by places such as New Mexico, the Rio Grande Valley, and South Texas. Popular items include stuffed chile relleno drizzled with sour cream, Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom chicken enchiladas, and the restaurant's signature Big as Yo' Face burritos, which can be stuffed with beans, cheese, and oven-roasted chicken or ground sirloin.
During happy hour, build your own free, unlimited nachos from the trunk of a vintage automobile dubbed the Fully Loaded Nacho Car. It's stocked with fresh chips, salsa, cheese, beans, and ground sirloin Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Drink specials include margaritas and Texas martinis.
The opening comes less than a year after the chain debuted in Miami-Dade with an outpost in Doral. About a month ago, Chuy's opened a second Dade location, in Kendall. This marks the 12th Florida location and 98th outpost overall for the brand, which began with a single restaurant in Austin 36 years ago.
Chuy’s Miami. 7705 W. Flagler St., Miami; chuys.com. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.