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Choose from Three Options
- $10 for $20 worth of interior Mexican cuisine
- $15 for $30 worth of interior Mexican cuisine
- $19 for $40 worth of interior Mexican cuisine<p>
The menu of traditional Mexican fare includes appetizers such as guacamole “El Chato” ($5.75), a melted cheese and tequila fondue ($8.75), and tortilla or bean soup ($3.75–$4.75). Rice and refried beans accompany lunch plates of barbacoa tacos ($7.25), tamales de Chipilín ($8.75), and Chiles en nogada ($5), and dinner entrees of enchiladas ($9.25) and pollo pibil ($9.75) come with rice and a side of choice.
El Chato means "the plain one", but there is absolutely nothing simple about the restaurant El Chato. The eatery is house in a 1958 Greyhound bus that has been converted into a bustaurant. Colorful Mexican murals grace the exterior of the vehicle, while inside a compact stainless steel kitchen cooks up platters of authentic interior Mexican cuisine. And El Chato's chefs are certain to let patrons know that these particular interior Mexican entrees are nothing like their Americanized counterparts oozing with Velveeta cheese and ground meat. The chefs instead boil and shred the meat they pack into their tacos, empanadas, and tamales; use only white cheese including asadero; and handcraft enchiladas by dipping them in chili sauce before frying them in oil.
The restaurant's hefty entrees are served up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and can be enjoyed amid the interior's cozy booths or on the outdoor patio illuminated by string lights and the moon, which they lasso in each night. Designed to be family-friendly, they also feature an outdoor playground set for children.
“Food was awesome, the only confusion was that the menu price says 5.25 for tostadas but the register charged 8.25. Not a big deal money wise, but just in the...”
“Food was awesome, the only confusion was that the menu price says 5.25 for tostadas but the register charged 8.25. Not a big deal money wise, but just in the expectation. ”
“Fresh veggies and great flavors make this one of my new fave Mexican places in East Austin.”
“Thanks for a very pleasant lunch.”
East Cesar Chavez
1617 E 7th St.
Austin, Texas 78702