Chuy's — Barton Springs
The origin story of Chuy's involves something along the lines of two Tex-Mex chefs scraping together $20 bucks to amalgamate a bare-bones sort of mosaic decor, and the Chuy's of today has mutated into an authentically Austin presentation, if there ever were such a thing. The picture on the menu is a bullfighter dueling a muscle car, for Pete's sake. And for all its mismatched nostalgia, Chuy's serves some pretty great food. Burrito's As Big As Yo' Face prove that the Mexican joint is eager to bypass your expectations, and signature sauces keep each meal memorable from the crowd. In a city that's stuffed with options for Tex-Mex, Chuy's knows that the secret to eclecticism is hand-crafted care.
This is the infamous spot where the underage Bush girls got busted for boozing. Toast to Jenna and Barbara!