Our Story



El Chilito was born as a fast-casual approach to El Chile, a contemporary take on modern Tex-Mex dining located just a few blocks west on Manor Rd. Dubbed El Chile’s “little brother,” El Chilito, uses many of the same flavors, but in a more laid-back atmosphere and lot of local charm.

Hand-built planters enclose an outdoor patio dotted with brightly colored picnic tables, umbrellas and strings of carnival lights that stay up year round. We offer a full espresso bar that compliments our Tex-Mex and interior Mexican influences. Our recipes are made from scratch, in-house everyday and we proudly serve Vital Farms eggs, El Milagro tortillas, Texas Coffee Traders, and Texas-raised beef.

Our commitment to quality food and freshness has made El Chilito an epicenter of the Cherrywood community and a widely-recognized East Austin staple. We’ve even received a nod from the New York Times!

After more than 10 years in business, we’re excited to announce the addition of a newly opened El Chilito on Burnet Road – just north of 2222 – and an upcoming El Chilito location on Manchaca and Redd. Looks like the little brother has become the big guy!