El Naranjo, Austin’s celebrated authentic Mexican restaurant helmed by 2022 James Beard Award-winning Chef Iliana de la Vega and her partner Ernesto Torrealba, expands their offerings with the launch of their much-anticipated Happy Hour, perfect for celebrating the season with a toast and an authentic Mexican bite.
Plus, seasonal December menu additions, featuring a Ponche flavored tequila-based cocktail and Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Cake) will be offered at select brunch services beginning 2024. The restaurant will also offer a special gift card promo through the end of 2023. Complete details are below.
Starting this month, El Naranjo’s weekday Happy Hour will run Tuesday through Friday from 5:00-6:30 p.m., offering guests $5 off appetizers, 25% off signature cocktails, and 20% off wine and beer by the glass. Additionally, the restaurant’s December specials celebrate the holiday season and are inspired by the vibrant flavors of Oaxaca. Among the highlights is a ponche flavored tequila-based cocktail and savory lamb with dried chiles and cocoa. Further menu details are below.
Says Chef Iliana de la Vega, “We are so excited to launch our highly anticipated Happy Hour in time for this festive season. We’re excited for our guests to treat themselves to a drink and an appetizer at a lower price point, all while enjoying El Naranjo’s cozy atmosphere and some really fun menu items.”
Three Kings Day
This year to celebrate Dia de Reyes and Three Kings Day from January 5-6, 2024, El Naranjo will offer individual sized Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Cake) at select brunches. These sweet breads are formed into a ring and flavored with orange blossom, decorated with dried apricots, figs, candied oranges, pecans, and sugar. The cake also has a plastic baby Jesus hidden inside. Traditionally, whoever finds the figurine must take it to church on February 2, Día de la Candelaria or Candlemas Day, and invite people to join them in celebration.
Cocktail of the Month
Reposado Tequila Cocktail
A tequila-based cocktail with notes of Christmas ponche – jamaica, guava, piloncillo, canela, and raisins
Appetizer of the Month
Aguachile negro de camarón
A medley of shrimp, cucumber, red onion, toasted dried chillies, and lime juice
Main Course of the Month
Chuletas de cordero en Costra de Chiles y Cacao
Lamb Chops, dried chiles and cocoa nib crust, asparagus, with orange puree and potatoes
Dessert of the Month
Almond, Apple, & Honey Cake
Light almond, apple and honey sponge served with a yogurt foam
Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Cake)
Individual sized sweet breads formed into a ring, flavored with orange blossom, and decorated with dried apricots, fig, candied oranges, pecans, and sugar.
*Available for brunch on January 7, and 14.
This holiday season, El Naranjo will have a special gift card promotion in the restaurant. For every $100 gift card purchased, El Naranjo will add $20 to the gift card.