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.