The famed migas at Cisco’s Restaurant (1511 E. Sixth St.) are staying up past their bed time. The legendary restaurant opened in 1950 by Rudy “Cisco” Cisneros has long been known for its breakfast tacos, biscuits and lunch plates, and now its getting in on the nighttime action of East Austin.
The restaurant recently introduced a dinner menu, which includes an expanded version of the fajitas it serves as lunch, along with taco salads, crispy tacos and those popular migas. The dinner changes follow the new ownership’s addition of beer, margaritas, Bloody Marys and screwdrivers. Cisco’s is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
An ownership team that includes Matt Cisneros, grandson of restaurant founder and namesake Rudy “Cisco” Cisneros; Antone’s co-owner Will Bridges; commercial builder and co-owner of historic Hoffbrau Steakhouse, Rick McMinn; and Bryan Schneider purchased the longtime community favorite and regular hangout of politicos from Clovis Cisneros last year.
Black-owned restaurants in East Austin, like many other businesses, face increasingly stiff challenges to remain in operation amidst continued gentrification and rising property taxes and rents. The Austin Justice Coalition next week will shine a light on some of the pillars of the black community in East Austin with its ATX Black Food Week.
The week-long series of dinners and conversations begins Sunday at Roland’s Soul Food (311 Chestnut Ave.). The restaurant will be open from noon to 4 p.m., with a Meet and Eat session slated from 1 to 4 p.m. The event continues along a similar schedule at restaurants throughout the week. Each restaurant has posted hours of operation and then a block of time during which diners and community members and hear the stories of the men and women who have nourished and enriched the East Austin community for years.
The following restaurants will participate, with dining hours followed by Meet and Eat hours: Monday, Mr. Catfish at 1144 Airport Blvd. (11.a.m to 8 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.); Tuesday, Big Easy Bar and Grill at 1806 E. 12th St. (11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.); Wednesday, Hoover’s Cooking at 2002 Manor Road (11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.); Thursday, Tony’s Jamaican Food at 1200 E. 11th St. (11:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.); Country Boyz Fixins at 4140 E. 12th St. (11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.); Sam’s BBQ at 2000 E. 12th St. (10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m.).
A new bar with a scruffy soul and led by industry veterans has taken over the short-lived Dog & Duck Pub space at 2400 Webberville Road. The Cavalier, which serves a food menu that riffs on smart Southern comfort, opened in March and will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. with food, drink, DJs and a puppy-kissing booth.
That last detail should give you a sense that the bar helmed by Shangri-La, Backspace and Vespaio veterans Chadwick Leger and Rachelle Fox intends to have a little fun and not take itself too seriously. Reinforcing that vibe are the bar’s motto “Come As You Are, Leave As You Like” and the dictum “no religion” and “no politics” painted on mirrors inside the bar.
The divey neighborhood bar’s menu features items like charred green beans ($5), buttermilk fried chicken ($14), roasted acorn squash with goat cheese ($14), cheeseburger on brioche bun ($8) and chicken liver mousse ($8). The menu was designed by consulting chef Sam Walter of Lenoir.
The drink menu at the bar that features two patios includes classics like a Boulevardier and pineapple daiquiris and unique creations like the Red Headed Stranger, a mezcal cocktail with strawberry puree and lemonade.
The Cavalier is open 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays. You can take a peek inside via the neighborhood bar’s Instagram page.