Sometimes you find yourself in a weird situation. It was Christmas night and we were out running storms that were hitting the coast headed home. We made Gilroy and were looking at the drive over the hill towards Interstate 5 which is not a food Mecca. We used urbanspoon and found a couple of places in Gliroy but they were closed. We were giving up when we drove by the old standby Chevy's and they were open.
The chain overextended and had to go into chapter 11 (or is it 13) during the recession. They closed the ones we had in Las Vegas and I thought they were dead. But in Gilroy they were alive and well.
Perhaps the highlight were the chips which were thin crispy and grease free. The salsa was fresh and quite tasty.
Two of us opted for a three item deal. The first had tortilla soup, carnitas on salad, and flan for dessert. The other had salad, carnitas, and flan. We also had tamales with red sauce. Carnitas are not a diet dish and should be refried after the pork is baked. These might have touched a pan after baking but there was no added crispness due to some hot fat. So good but not quite right. The tamales were OK but relied a little too much on the coriander which covered any corn flavor and most of the meat flavor (more of a coriander dumpling than a good tamale). The salads, flan, beans, tortillas, little sweet corn dollop, and other stuff served were very good.
Staff was great. Restrooms clean. Dining room clean. Parking good.
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