El Naranjo, Austin’s traditional Mexican restaurant helmed by 2022 James Beard Award-winning Chef Iliana de la Vega and her partner Ernesto Torrealba, announce August additions to their seasonal summer menu. El Naranjo will also host Guest Chef Christian Bravo, on August 31, 2023, for a five course menu highlighting the flavors of the Yucatan Peninsula. 

The new dishes added to the August menu celebrate the final days of summer. Blending spice and citrus with savory notes, the new additions feature ingredients such as serrano chilies, cilantro, fresh mango, and more. Part of El Naranjo and Chef de la Vega’s mission is to showcase in-season produce as much as possible, demonstrated in their changing menu and attention to quality. 

“The August menu specials are inspired by the magic and the spices of summer. We also have Chef Bravo joining me for a very special evening to bring our guests the unique flavors of the Yucatan,” says Chef de la Vega.

By the end of August, El Naranjo will offer a specialty dish, Chile en Nogada, available through September. The dish features one poblano chile filled with a beef and pork picadillo, tomato, onion, garlic, plantain, apple, peach, raisins, and pine nuts. The chile is served slightly cold and topped with a walnut sauce.

August Specials

Drink of the month

Peach Smash

White peach, Jameson Whiskey, basil syrup

Appetizer of the month

Sopa fría de pepino

Cucumber, yogurt, serrano chiles and cilantro chilled soup

Mole of the month

Mole de Chilhuacle Rojo y Mango

One of the rare chiles from Oaxaca, chilhuacle rojo, blended with fresh mangoes and spices, served with a choice of veggies or shrimp and a mango, rainbow carrots and cucumber salad.

Dessert of the month

Tres Leches Cake

A Latin American favorite featuring a light sponge cake soaked in three different types of milk; evaporated milk, condensed milk, and whole milk


El Naranjo celebrates the arrival of Guest Chef Christian Bravo for one night only. Bravos is Co-Host of “Hombres en la Cocina” (Men in the Kitchen), corporate chef at Crabster in Progreso Yucatan, and Co-Owner of Bravo Catering. De la Vega and Bravo have come together to create a five course meal inspired by the flavors of the Yucatan Peninsula, which includes ingredients such as blackened dried chiles, Yucatecan squash, and papaya.


El Naranjo

2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085

Austin, TX 78704

$125 per person


August 31, 2023

5:00 – 9:00 PM

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