Austinites’ dining-at-home options are increasing. After spending some time on the sidelines, two of the Top 50 restaurants from the Austin360 Dining Guide have gotten into the takeout game. Mexican favorite Eldorado Cafe and chef Rene Ortiz’s eclectic neighborhood restaurant Launderette added the service last week.


Joel and Joanna Fried closed their wildly popular Mexican restaurant Eldorado Cafe about a week after the city ordered dining rooms to close. They gave takeout a brief and relatively successful run but wanted to step back and get a handle on their processes to ensure the health and safety of their employees and guests. After about a month of being dark, they’re back.


The restaurant with the Old Austin vibe on Anderson Lane is serving queso, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and more. You can order online (eldoradocafeatx.com) or call 512-420-2222. Upon arrival, guests pull into designated Eldorado parking spots and text the restaurant. The food is then delivered to your car. The beloved restaurant was slammed in its first few days, so it is asking for understanding from its loyal customers.


If you’re a lover of cheeseburgers, you may be happy to know that you can now order the plancha burger at Launderette for takeout at lunch and dinner. The East Austin restaurant reopened last week to serve takeout, with the afternoon menu including the burger and salted chocolate chip cookies from executive pastry chef and partner Laura Sawicki.


The menu expands in the evening to include entrees like pork ribs with guava barbecue sauce, roasted chicken with red chimichuri; sides like grilled broccolini and roasted carrots; and cakes, pies and tarts from Sawicki. The restaurant is also serving wine, beer and cocktail kits for takeout. Diners can place orders online (launderetteaustin.com) or by calling 512-382-1599.