For the last couple of years, a little building located south of I-10 near Yarbrough has been gathering a lot of hype for its burgers. On the corner of Lafayette and Esther is the original, very vintage-looking Little Tony’s Cafe, but peering out of the windows are Chuco Burger signs. The decor inside divides the room into a ’50s style diner on the left and divey Dallas Cowboys bar to the right. Chuco’s is either going to be jam-packed (especially during lunch) or a bit vacant, but at any time you’ll be greeted by the welcoming owner who lauds each and every menu item.
Their half-page menu has everything you want in a burger joint: burgers, fries, chili dogs (topped with cabbage and hot sauce) and milkshakes. That’s all you need, but if you’re from Chuco Town, you also need tacos, chorizo and salsa. Chuquitos are an order of four mini potato tacos reminiscent of the old Ben’s Tacos in Segundo Barrio. Mashed potatoes seasoned with cumin are tightly sealed in a corn tortilla that’s fried until crispy. The chorizo cheese fries and baked potato fries are a must. Fresh cut potatoes that are crisp on the outside and soft inside get smothered in chorizo and melted white cheese or sour cream, butter and bacon bits.
Unless you’re a vegetarian, the Dabble Dabble is almost a requirement. Two seasoned, hand-formed beef patties are charbroiled on a mesquite grill and layered with two slices of American cheese melted to perfection. Burgers are served Texas-style, with mustard on the bun. Bottles of their homemade, mild salsa are at hand for additional flavor. Canned sodas and bottled water are forgivable when there’s a signature piña colada shake, as well as chocolate, strawberry and cookies and cream flavors.
Expect classic, home-style El Paso food, but don’t forget to hit the ATM – the restaurant is cash-only.
1201 Lafayette; 915-598-8707; Monday-Thursday 12:15-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 12:15-9 p.m., Sunday 12:15-7 p.m. Facebook.com/bestburgerinchucotexas