Chevys Fresh Mex

Written by on September 18, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: We moved in to our apartment building a year ago. Chevy’s was one of several restaurants immediately across the street. Not until it closed its doors at the Ballston location, did we make any attempt to go – with our complimentary entree coupons!

Type of cuisine: Our mission is simply to bring you the freshest Mexican food possible…We promise to give you fresh flour tortillas, made to order hand rolled tamales, guacamole mashed right at your table, hot and sizzling fajitas, and pico de gallo chopped fresh each day.

Ambiance: Bright and bold, the restaurant is spacious, loud, and full of color. Bright yellow walls meet with bold blues and red walls are complemented with green fonts, each with a large, vibrant picture (of avocados, cerveza, salsa, etc.) set askew. Hardwood paneled ceilings create dim lighting, while concrete floors allow for easy clean-up. Booths, lined with fabric of dulling colors, striped, line the walls around the huge establishment, and chairs set against tables fill in the spaces in between. Large windows face out onto the main street outside, while loud music blares in the background. Servers hustle between tables to ensure happy customers everywhere!

What I ordered: Chris was with me, so, of course before we have even been seated, an order is placed for Chile con Queso ($6.99), warm creamy cheese dip with poblano peppers, onions, garlic, jalapeños and pico de gallo, served with tortilla chips and soft, warm, fresh flour tortillas.Chevys Queso

I had a free (up to $12) entree voucher and wanted to spend as much as I could without going over the amount. Between the two salads, the server recommended the Fajita Salad ($11.79), which I ordered. A sizzling platter of mesquite-grilled chicken and a large silver bowl of chilled romaine, San Antonio veggies, cotija and jack cheeses, pepita seeds, fresh Hass avocado, pico de gallo and tortilla strips drizzled were tossed together with Apple-Chipotle Vinaigrette, before being placed in a large, shallow bowl for me to enjoy.

Chevys Salad

Chris chose our Tex-Mex go-to: Mesquite-grilled chicken breast marinated in fresh citrus and chiles, sizzling on a platter with onions and bell peppers, served with refried beans, rice, warm flour tortillas, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole ($13.99) and a large glass of Sprite ($2.89).

Chevys Fajitas

On a return visit, Friday, October 12, 2012Chris and I had a $12 birthday coupon for Chevys and decided to use it to split a meal, filling up on chips and salsa if the portions failed to satisfy us both. We chose the Two Item Combo ($10.79) featuring one Salsa Chicken with New Mexico chile red sauce and one Picadillo Beef w/chile meat sauce. The order was accompanied by rice, refried beans, pico de gallo and a side of sour cream ($1.29). Chris ordered a pink Lemonade ($2.89) and we were set to share our meal.

What I loved:  Fresh avocados.

Why I loved it: Quick food, humongous portions, friendly service in a large and colorful setting.

Cost: Average to high ($11-$20 per entree)

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