The next generation of the family operating Cielito Lindo is going into the restaurant business with the new El Patrón Mexican Food & Bar, 2423 S. 6th St.
Cesar Lopez, 21, opened El Patrón on Oct. 10, serving a menu similar to that of Cielito Lindo, which has been at 733 S. 2nd St. for 21 years. “I worked there since I was 10 or 11,” Lopez said.
His father, Rodrigo Lopez, started Cielito Lindo, and his uncle Lorenzo Lopez soon joined the restaurant.
El Patrón, like Cielito Lindo, serves molcajete ($15.99 for one, $27.99 for two). The dish combines steak, chicken and shrimp with tomato, onion, pepper, avocado and melted cheese, served with rice, beans and tortillas.
It’s a specialty of the Mexican state of Jalisco, where the Lopez family is originally from.
Another specialty at El Patrón is birria ($10.99), stew made from lamb and served Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The menu has seafood dishes such as shrimp cocktail ($13.99), pork dishes including loin in salsa ($12.99), beef dishes such as a carne asada dinner ($12.99) and chicken plates, including milanesa ($11.49).
It has a lineup of tacos ($1.75 on corn tortillas, $2 on flour), burritos ($6 to $7.99), tortas ($5.50) and more.
El Patrón also serves an all-day breakfast, with dishes like eggs and potatoes ($7.99) and the desayuno El Patrón ($11.99), chilaquiles topped with sour cream, cheese and onion and served with steak, beans and two over-easy eggs.
At the 16-seat bar, the drink specialty is the cazuela ($7), a drink of tequila, lime and grapefruit and orange slices that’s served in a small clay casserole dish.
The restaurant can seat about 100 people. El Patrón offers takeout and accepts reservations; to contact, (414) 204-8901.ó
Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
El Patrón is on Facebook, and a website is in the works.