Tonight, after swim lessons and a day of slinging books, I took Tonio and Autumn to Chuy's to meet our friend Doug and his boy Aiden. Doug is from Toronto originally, and one of six people in Tucson, including myself, who truly loves to watch hockey. He invited us to Chuy's tonight to watch game 3 of the Philadelphia v Boston series.
We picked up Lexy from volleyball and joined Doug there for dinner - and to watch the 'game'. The Bruins scored 31 seconds into the game. And got their second goal within another minute. The Flyers goaltending was woeful, as usual - Boucher was chased in the second period and his back up - no need to even mention his name because he won't be in the NHL next year, ended up letting another 1,235 goals in by the end of the game. Flyers are now down 3-0 in the series - same place they were last year against the Bruins and became one of only 4 teams in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win the series.
Despite the poor hockey, we had a good time. Chuy's was one of Kimmy's favorite places to relax. It was the very first restaurant we ate at upon arriving in Tucson on March 8th, 1994 - the 22nd and Kolb location. We frequented it after that. Then, we discovered the Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde location - they allowed us to bring our pup, Cajun, there and would bring her out a bowl of water as we sat on the patio. Later, they opened a location on Wilmot and Tanque Verde - we really liked this one - and attended many birthday parties, held our fantasy football drafts there and even attended a baby shower there! And my going away party from Toys R Us was held at that location.
We managed to eat at nearly every Chuy's in Tucson - the one on Campbell and River (no longer there)...the one on Speedway and Country Club - especially on the way home from the Desert Museum - and then, we made a major circuit, when I participated in a city wide foosball tourney sponsored by Chuy's.
This event took Kim and I as far southwest as the location on Valencia and I-19 (no longer there) and as far north as the location on Ina and I-10. And everywhere in between! I got beat pretty badly at each location - but there was free food, cheap beer and t-shirt giveaways! It was a no lose situation, in my opinion.
When we heard they were building one on Houghton, about three blocks from our home, we were ecstatic!! I think we went there two or three times a week for the first year or so...we would go there to celebrate every birthday in our household and many of our friends, to, who had gotten Chuy's fever, as well. Kim and I would sometimes sneak over there for lunch on the rare occaison the kids were in school and our work schedules lined up.
Kim and I loved the chips and salsa there. Kim would usually eat the mahi-mahi tacos - and I tend to switch it up - having the chico chicken tacos tonight. The kids like the food and will play all of the video games for hours! Tonight, Lexy and Autumn squared off on the Simpsons game for an eternity...
When Kimmy got sick, Cottonwood held a fund raiser at Chuy's - and the community responded. Chuy's kicked in gift certificates for us for later to help us with dinners. Our friend Kim (Angie's youngest daughter and RN on Kimmy's floor at St. Joe's) brought us complete Chuy's chicken dinners one night for a treat, too. Chuy's always donated to school events whenever Kimmy needed anything...
I guess you could say we are a Chuy's family - and have many, many fond memories of great times there, at each location!!