El Chico (restaurant)

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El Chico is a restaurant chain in the Southern United States. The first restaurant was opened in 1940 in Oak Lawn, in Dallas, Texas and now, they have 78 locations.[1] The restaurant serves a variety of Tex-Mex dishes.


The restaurant's roots began with Adelaida "Mama" Cuellar's popular homemade tamales at a county fair in 1926. Her sons opened a cafe in Dallas using her recipes.[1][2] Today, it is part of Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. (CRO)[3] Joe V. Carvajal was an integral part of the success of many of the el Chico restaurants in the 1960s and 70's. He introduced the sopapilla to Tex-Mex and American cuisine.


  1. ^ a b Official website
  2. ^ Mico Rodriguez, co-founder of Mi Cocina restaurants (December 2016), Greatest Dallasites: Adelaida "Mama" Cuellar - The woman behind El Chico., D Magazine, retrieved 24 January 2017 
  3. ^ Consolidated Restaurants

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