Chef Joel Fried aims bring Mexican comfort food to North Shoal Creek with his new neighborhood restaurant, Eldorado Cafe. Fried, who was a former co-chef at Austin taco chain Tacodeli, wants to offer food, as his tagline puts forth, “hecho in Tejas,” opening sometime in early summer.
That means soothing dishes like breakfast tacos, enchiladas, tortas, queso, and more. There are multiple salsas, ranging from mild to spicy, along with an emphasis on braised and roasted meats, like shiny ribs (glazed with a sweet adobo sauce), Cuban-inspired carnitas, and pork green chile pork. Then there’s an array of vegetable and vegan dishes, like squash casserole, rice with corn and chiles, and spicy and sweet carrots.
Eldorado will have a full bar, which means wine, Texas beers, limeade margaritas, and cocktails. For non-boozy options, there will be aguas frescas, horchata, and soda. While the all-day cafe doesn’t have any outdoor seating, there are 80 seats inside, plus bar stools.
Along with catering gigs, Fried had been testing out dishes through various pop-ups at Dia’s Market and Nomad Bar.
Once it opens, Eldorado’s hours will be from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.