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El Rancho
Welcome to the roots of the Tex-Mex you love today!
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A delicious selection of Mexican classics and Tex-Mex favorites.
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Matt Martinez started his career in 1923 at the age of six selling tamales from a wooden pushcart by the Texas Capitol.

Matt & Janie opened El Rancho in 1952 on East 1st Street in downtown Austin with no employees and seating for 40. Matt worked the front of the house and Janie made everything from scratch in the kitchen.

Today the South Lamar restaurant seats more than 500 and everything is still made from scratch.

Photo of Matt and Janie