El Chato

East Cesar Chavez

83 Ratings

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Scrambled eggs with serrano peppers, barbacoa tacos, and enchiladas reside on the restaurant's menu of authentic interior Mexican cuisine

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The menu includes breakfast entrees of scrambled eggs with serrano peppers ($4.25) and sunny-side up eggs doused in red and green sauce ($4.25). Rice and refried beans accompany lunch plates of barbacoa tacos ($7.25) and empanadas ($7.25), and dinner entrees of enchiladas ($9.25) and pollo pibil ($9.75) come with rice and a side of choice.

El Chato

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.

Customer Reviews

83 Ratings

please let me know where you guys have moved to
Anna O. · July 16, 2013
This place is really nice. It's the perfect summer restaurant. Currently it's BYOB, but sometimes they serve margaritas for free. They might get a liquor license in the future, but take advantage now and bring your cooler. They also will have live music soon. Go try it and support them.
Elizabeth M. · May 4, 2013
Fresh veggies and great flavors make this one of my new fave Mexican places in East Austin.
R. B. · April 18, 2013
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    East Cesar Chavez

    1617 E 7th St.

    Austin, TX 78702

    +15123586074

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