Chuy’s: Mexi-Cobb Salad
Multiple locations, including 1728 Barton Springs Road. 474-4452, www.chuys.com.
Low-carb dementia pushed me to this salad in 2002. Dragged me away from my No. 4 with a shrimp relleno and a cheese enchilada, my blue corn tortillas, the dizzy head-rush of starch converting to sugar. But the Mexi-Cobb ($7.99) is a good place to land, still a fine vehicle for Chuy’s tomato-and-carrot table sauce or creamy jalapeño dressing. It’s a Christmas pageant of red tomatoes and green avocados and roasted chiles, filled out with stripes of shredded cheese and a ribbon of smoky grilled chicken fajitas. Taken solo or as a gang, this Cobbled crew never stopped me from craving chips and swirled margaritas, but it beat having another hamburger without the bun.