Tex-Mex standards, grilled fare & Southern faves come together at this relaxed local chain outpost. The family business reflects a Tex-Mex tradition that spans six generations. Matt Martinez Sr., Chef Matt’s father, began with humble beginnings as did his father, Delfino, before him, selling tamales and pralines from a push cart on the steps of the State Capital in Austin, Texas.
In 1925, Delfino proudly opened the first Tex-Mex eatery on 2nd and Congress, called “El Original, "His son, Matt Martinez Sr. and wife Janie, opened the door to their Matt’s El Rancho, Austin in 1952. El Rancho success is recognized throughout Texas and beyond. Matt Sr. was the self-proclaimed “King of Mexican Food” that of course would make all the Martinez family Tex-Mex Royalty!