About Eldorado Cafe

Sharing great food makes your life better, feeds your soul, and helps our community get stronger. Three meals a day via table service, pick-up and catering for the office and home. We serve hearty, Mexican-inspired comfort food in a casual, seated dining and drinking destination. The distinctive tortas, enchiladas, guisos, quesos, ‘shiny ribs’, migasdillo, signature salsas, and aqua fresca cocktails are just a few of things that keep people hungry for more. Serving hearty, Mexican inspired comfort food that is “Hecho en Tejas” all day, every day is the mission of this family- owned and operated neighborhood restaurant located on the northern edge the of central Austin neighborhood of Allandale. Comfort, quality, honesty, and kinship drive Eldorado Cafe’s service, preparation, staff, and vendor decisions.

Eldorado Cafe is committed to serving the community and is always interested in partnering with nonprofits and other causes. Let us know if you have ideas for future collaborations.


About Our Founders

A veteran of kitchens and bars in Austin—as well as Dallas, Portland, Vail, and Nashville—Chef Joel Fried worked his way up, learning his craft from the Mexican line cooks and chefs that he admired. Along the way, he developed his culinary vision working at over 30 restaurants, including Jean Pierre’s Upstairs, Bitter End, Vespaio, Whole Foods, Angeluna (Fort Worth), Mezzaluna (Vail), and Tacodeli. Eldorado Cafe’s co-founder and Director of Catering & Marketing is Joanna Fried, who spent 10 years in Austin’s commercial film production community, worked in restaurant management in the Vail Valley and has served as a catering and special events coordinator.


Our Team


Social Media, AP/AR, Swag Queen

General Manager

Assistant General Managers

Catering & Donations Manager

Bar Manager

Joel Fried, Esme Tejeda, Rene Garcia

Joanna Fried

Christy Hopper

Casey Palmer & Eric Mills

Laura Beck

Olivia Mathias