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Spicy North Austin restaurant sets opening date for all-day Mexican fare

Spicy North Austin restaurant sets date for all-day Mexican fare

Eldorado Cafe restaurant
El Dorado Cafe opens August 8. Photo couresy of Eldorado Cafe
Eldorado Cafe restaurant
The Mexican-inspired menu includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Photo courtesy of Eldorado Cafe
Eldorado Cafe restaurant
Eldorado also boasts options for vegans and vegetarians. Photo courtesy of Eldorado Cafe
Eldorado Cafe restaurant
Eldorado Cafe restaurant
Eldorado Cafe restaurant

Things are heating up on Anderson Lane. The busy North Austin corridor just welcomed a new location of Jack Allen's Kitchen, and now a Mexican-inspired joint is joining the fray.

Former Tacodeli co-chef Joel Fried is opening Eldorado Cafe on August 8. The family-owned and -operated neighborhood restaurant, announced in April, will serve Latin American comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

"The idea for this place — a neighborhood spot where regular folks, friends, and families could gather and enjoy good food, drinks, and reconnect with each other — is everything we had in mind in opening this restaurant," Fried says in a release.

Fried, who owns Eldorado along with his wife, Joanna, goes on to say that his new venture "represents what has inspired [him] as a chef." The team is rounded out by chefs Esme Tejeda and Shaunna Mason, general manager Christy Hopper, and bar manager Laura Beck.

Dishes include house-made guisos (think carnitas and salpicon), enchiladas, tacos, salsas, and vegetarian-friendly sides. Fried has also crafted something he calls Shiny Ribs, which features pork ribs with a sweet chile de árbol glaze. For breakfast, the restaurant will turn out classic taqueria options like migas and short-rib machacado.

On the beverage side, expect housemade aguas frescas and horchata, fresh limeade margaritas, and a full bar. The 3,300-square-foot restaurant also includes lounge seating and a separate space for kiddos.

Eldorado launches with full breakfast, lunch, and dinner service. Hours are 7:30 am to 9:30 pm daily.