About Eldorado Cafe

Sharing good food makes life better, feeds the soul, and helps our community get stronger. As the world restarts, we look forward to seeing familiar faces and new faces join us to share a strong drink (or an aqua fresca) and a heart-warming meal. Eldorado Cafe serves hearty, Mexican-inspired comfort food that is meant to remind you of coming home. Whether joining us in-house or grabbing food curbside, enjoy our creative cocktails, distinctive enchiladas, guisos, quesos, papas rellenas, dips, and signature salsas. We are excited to share the food we eat and the drinks we drink, every single day, with you! Eldorado Cafe is incredibly grateful for the dedication that our Eldorado Nation has displayed during the last 4 years , and even more thankful for the last very hard year. You showed up again and again, and we saw you. Thank you to the investors, to the supporters, to the donations throughout 2020. We are humbled by your loyalty and generosity. Our hearts are full and we deeply appreciate you all.


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 & Marketing, AP/AR

General Manager

Management Team

Catering & Donations Manager

Office Manager

Joel Fried, Esme Tejeda, Rene Garcia

Joanna Fried

Casey Palmer

Camille Vega, David Saleeby, Stuart Barnes

Laura Beck

Amanda Waldrep