Chago’s : Austin’s Most Underappreciated Restaurant

Excellent Puerto Rican food, friendly service, and no wait – ever!

I’m a worrier. I can’t help it. From our ballooning national debt to global warming to the quality of the new Marvel movie, I worry about everything. One of the things that’s currently keeping me up at night is the fate of a tiny Puerto Rican place called Chago’s.

Why? Chago’s is a very small restaurant, but every time I’ve shown up for dinner there are about 2-5 other people there. Also, no one I know has heard of it. This baffles me, because the food is absolutely delicious.

Do you like bananas? Chago’s has more bananas than they know what to do with. Your meal will start with a free bowl of fried banana chips and mayo/ketchup, Puerto Rico’s answer to tortilla chips and salsa. (Sounds questionable, but trust me, you’ll like it.) You’ll probably also get plantains as part of your dish.

Is it healthy? No. But it’s technically the first piece of fruit I’ve had this month, so I’ll take it.

It’s family-owned and operated, and everyone who works there is very friendly. As my friend said, “Some people are nice because they’re paid to be. The people at Chago’s are just genuinely nice.”

So give Chago’s a try and help keep them in business. I’ve got plenty else to worry about.

Helpful Tips:

  • Parking is scarce in front, but there’s more around the left side. As I mentioned earlier, Chago’s is never crowded so it’s not a problem.
  • Don’t confuse it with Chango’s, the taco place.
  • Chago’s is closed Monday and Tuesday. For a while I was convinced the whole restaurant was just an elaborate drug front because the first two times I tried to go, it was closed. Luckily, it’s real– and very tasty.

Chago’s Caribbean Cuisine Website