by Hayden Walker
July 3rd – If you’ve recently visited East Austin and noticed something missing on Manor Rd., you probably think your beloved El Chile has disappeared. Put your worries at ease, the eclectic Tex-Mex/Mexican restaurant Austinites have enjoyed since 2003 has moved south side. El Chile’s Owner Carlos Rivero has relocated this Austin-gem to hip SoFi at the intersection of 1816 South 1st and Mary Street.
With the artful hands of designer Joel Mozersky, the new location provides a spacious, inviting atmosphere with tasteful artwork that one might expect to see in a trendy South Austin restaurant. At the helm in the beautiful new kitchen is Executive Chef, Jeff Martinez who has introduced several amazing new menu items that will please the biggest of appetites. The menu includes dishes like Costilla Adobada and Duck Confit and brunch items like Omelet de Jaiba Suiza and Huevos Divorciado.
The new dishes deliver tasteful twists from fresh ingredients giving diners the homemade indulgence El Chile has been known for. We recently enjoyed classic El Chile dishes like Costilla de Adobada – a braised short rib grilled with morita-adobo salsa. We also enjoyed the famous Enfrijoladas which includes two chicken enchiladas topped with black bean puree, pico de gallo, queso gresco, guacamole and crema. For dessert we enjoyed Empanadas de Fruta – a warm flakey pastry filled with seasonal peaches topped with house-made vanilla ice cream.
The restaurant will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. The new location and new additions to the menu will continue to make El Chile a staple in the community. With the introduction of new Austin restaurants opening almost weekly, El Chile continues to impress the masses with culinary mastery and modest prices that everyone can enjoy any night of the week. Whether you’re visiting for Lunch, Happy Hour or Dinner, El Chile will never leave you disappointed.