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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Chevys - Review #1

Date of Visit: August 11, 2007
Chevys Fresh Mex
8200 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd
Anaheim, CA 92808
(714) 974-6703

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Appetizer: Chips and Salsa
Entree: Tequila-Lime Shrimp Fajitas
Drink: Watermelon Lemonade
Dessert: Chiquita Sundae

UPDATE: Chevy's has closed down as of late 2011.

Chevys -  Exterior

Time for a Chevys review, the restaurant that I thought went out of existence when its Fountain Valley location shut down a few years back. I'd made many visits to the FV location where they always pointed out "El Machino," the tortilla-making machine in the front that mass-manufactured tortillas that seemed like they were made by hand. The last time I remember going there for sure was probably 2001/2002 and it's now a Stonefire Grill restaurant. When it shut down I mistakenly assumed the whole chain had gone out of business.

Chevys - Specials Sign
The saggy sign didn't stop customers from coming

Recently though I realized there was one in Anaheim so I went last week with Anaheim friends James and Lori to get reacquainted with Chevys. If you've never experienced Chevys before just think El Torito with a little more color and a slight Tex-Mex spin and you'll have a pretty accurate idea of what Chevys is like. They were promoting some special summer dishes, much of which seemed to be focused on watermelon. I started out with a watermelon lemonade which was extra refreshing and much less acidic than normal lemonade. Could I possibly convince Chevys to add this as a regular item?

Chevys - Chips and Salsa

Each of us ordered a different fajita dish with Lori ordering the mixed grill ("Baby back ribs, tender grilled chicken breast, marinated skirt steak, fuego-seasoned shrimp and sauteed San Antonio veggies."), James ordering the chicken fajitas (" A skinless, fresh chicken breast marinated in our own Agua Negra served with sautéed San Antonio veggies."), and me ordering their special Tequila-Lime Shrimp Fajitas.

Chevys - Mixed Grill

Chevys - Chicken Fajitas

If I could convince Chevys to also add the Tequila-Lime Shrimp Fajitas to their regular menu I'd do that too. The sauce was so flavorful and robust that I was trying to scoop up as much of it as I could with my shrimp before stuffing them into the tortillas from El Machino and making three sublime shrimp tacos.

Chevys - Tequila-Lime Shrimp Fajitas

For dessert I ordered their Chiquita Sundae - "Rich vanilla ice cream afloat a sweet cinnamon 'boat' topped with our freshly–made cajeta and homemade chocolate sauces and whipped cream." When James and Lori saw what I got they ordered one too.

Chevys - Chiquita Sundae

Chevys earns a four Speedy Gonzales rating:

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