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BONATAS‎
Appetizers
Chile Con Queso
Hot white cheese dip w/ fresh jalapenos served w/ chips
5.99
Guacamole Dip
Homemade & delicious
6.99
Nachos
Fresh chips w/ melted cheese & jalapenos
6.99
Nachos Grand
Chips covered w/ cheese, frijoles, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato & sour cream. Your choice of shredded beef or chicken
12.99
Trio Santo
Fresh chips w/ salsa roja, salsa verde, & guacamole
8.99
Taquitos
Four corn tortillas rolled w/ beef or chicken & fried. Served on shredded lettuce w/ guacamole & sour cream
7.50
SOPAS Y ENCALADAS‎
Soups & salads
Caldo De Pollo
Homemade chicken soup w/ rice, & avocado. With lime, onion, cilantro, cabbage & radishes on the side
6.99
Pozole
Pork & hominy soup traditional & popular in guadalajara, served w/ shredded cabbage, onions, cilantro, sliced radish, lime, & oregano. Then scoop it all up w/ corn tortillas
7.99
El Gato House Salad
Romaine lettuce, tomato, radish, & cotija cheese
5.99
Taco Salad
Fresh greens, frijoles, pico de gallo, guacamole, & sour cream
8.99
Brisket Spinach Salad
Warm brisket on fresh spinach w/ queso fresco, avocado, & tomato
12.50
All salads are served w/ a cilantro lime vinaigrette
ELOTES CALLEJERONS‎
Grilled corn
The spanish word "elote" can refer to corn or to grilled corn. It is a common street food in mexico. It is unpretentious yet remarkable in its unique flavor
it is grilled then brushed w/ a Mexican mayo, sprinkled w/ ancho chile powder then topped w/ crumbled cotija anejo 3.50 each
TACOS‎
Served on soft corn or flour tortillas
Taco De Carne Asada
Char grilled marinated steak, cilantro, onions, & lime wedge, & lime wedge
3.25
Soft corn
Flour tortillas
Guacamole+0.75
Sour cream+0.75
Tacos De Carnitas
Slow braised pork, cilantro, onions, & salsa roja
3.25
Soft corn
Flour tortillas
Guacamole+0.75
Sour cream+0.75
Lengua Taco
Laplatte farm braised beef tongue served w/ cilantro, diced onions, & a lime wedge
3.75
Soft corn
Flour tortillas
Guacamole+0.75
Sour cream+0.75
Hongos Y Epazote
Braised seasonal mushrooms w/ epazote & hominy. Topped w/ lettuce, pico de gallo, & cotija cheese
3.50
Soft corn
Flour tortillas
Guacamole+0.75
Sour cream+0.75
Auacate Con Queso
Cool taco w/ avocado, queso fresco, black beans, & pico de gallo topped w/ salsa verde
3.50
Soft corn
Flour tortillas
Guacamole+0.75
Sour cream+0.75
Taco De Pollo
Charbroiled chicken, cilantro, onions, & salsa verde
3.25
Soft corn
Flour tortillas
Guacamole+0.75
Sour cream+0.75
The Vegan Taco
Sheffield vermont seitan & sweet chili glaze topped w/ cabbage, cilantro, onion, & salsa roja
3.99
Soft corn
Flour tortillas
Guacamole+0.75
Sour cream+0.75
Taco Mole Pollo
Chicken mole w/ cojita cheese
3.50
Soft corn
Flour tortillas
Guacamole+0.75
Sour cream+0.75
Taco De Pescado
grilled or fried market fish w/ shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, & Mexican aioli
3.99
Soft corn
Flour tortillas
Guacamole+0.75
Sour cream+0.75
QUESADILLAS‎
All quesadillas made w/ queso chihuahua
it is a soft white cow's-milk cheese of Mexican origin available in braids, balls or rounds. it is a gresy melting cheese similar to monterey jack
Cheese Quesadilla
Sauteed red peppers & red onions served w/ a side of sour cream
7.25
Balls
Rounds
Guacamole+0.75
Shrimp+3.50
Spinach Quesadilla
Sauteed‎ peppers, onions, & mushroom served w/ a side of sour cream
8.99
Balls
Rounds
Guacamole+0.75
Shrimp+3.50
Shrimp Quesadilla
Fresh sauteed shrimp, peppers, & onions. Served w/ a side of sour cream
12.99
Balls
Rounds
Guacamole+0.75
Shrimp+3.50
Steak or Chicken
Sauteed peppers & onions served w/ a side of sour cream
11.99
Balls
Rounds
Guacamole+0.75
Shrimp+3.50
SIDE ORDERS‎
Mexican Rice
2.50
Frijoles
2.50
Tortillas
1.50
Pickled Onions
1.50
Enchilada
Beef, chicken, pork, or cheese
3.99
Burrito
Beef, chicken, or pork
5.50
Chile Relleno
4.75
Tostada
4.75
Sour Cream
1.75
Guacamole
2.99
HOUSE SPECIALS‎
All house specials are served w/ rice & beans
Chile Relleno
Two poblano peppers stuffed w/ queso & topped w/ a homemade red sauce. Because they are fresh, heat can vary form mild to medium hot
12.99
Mole Pollo
Misty knoll chicken, fire roasted & smothered in our house mole sauce served w/ warm corn tortillas
15.99
Chile Verde
Tender chunks of pork smothered in our verde sauce served w/ warm tortillas
12.99
Burrito El Gato
12" flour tortilla filled w/ rice, beans, & your choice of shredded beef, chicken, or pork. Smothered in red or green sauce & topped w/ cheese, sour cream, & guacamole
10.99
Shrimp+3.50
Barbacoa
Braised beef served w/ red & green sauce on the side w/ sour cream & warm tortillas
12.99
Big Cat Platter
Tres mariposas coffee & chile encrusted skirt steak served on a jalapeno cream sauce w/ a chile relleno & corn tortillas
17.99
Enchiladas De Camaron Verde
Spinach & shrimp enchiladas w/ our green tomatillo sauce topped w/ sour cream
14.99
Pescado
Market fresh catch. Ask your served
Market
Carnitas
Slow braised pork topped salsa roja, served w/ warm corn tortillas
12.99
HOMEMADE TAMALES‎
Tamales Platter
Two tamales & a tostada w/ rice & beans
13.99
COMBINATION‎
Combo plate
We want you to have what you want on your plate
Combo Plate 1
Choose 1 item, served w/ rice & beans
8.99
Combo Plate 2
Choose 2 items, served w/ rice & beans
12.25
Combo Plate 3
Choose 3 items, served w/ rice & beans
13.99
Enchilada
Choice of chicken, beef, pork or cheese rolled in a corn tortilla topped w/ roja or verde sauce & melted cheese
Burrito
Flour tortilla filled w/ your choice of chicken, beef, or pork w/ beans & cheese then topped w/ our red or green sauce
El Gato Taco
Pick from our taco menu
Shrimp+1.00
Fish tacos+1.00
Tamale
Pork‎ or vegetable, topped in red sauce
Tostads
Flat hard shell corn tortilla w/ beans, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, & cheese
PLATITOS PARA NINOS‎
Under 10, por favor
Enchilada or Taco
With rice & beans
5.99
Chicken Quesadilla
5.99
Taco & Nacho Plate
5.99
Chicken or Beef Burrito
5.99
About
El Gato Cantina, is a traditional Mexican restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine to Burlington and Essex Junction, Vermont. The philosophy at El Gato Cantina is to make delicious food with traditional Mexican family recipes. We now have two locations! Visit us in downtown Burlington at 169 Church Street, or visit our NEW restaurant on 4 Park Street in Essex Junction, VT. Our menu consists of tamales, carnitas, fresh salsas, chili relleno and at least 10 different kinds of tacos and more. We take pride in our elote (Mexican grilled corn) and pozole, (the ancient Aztec soup of pork and hominy). Behind the bar we are fully stocked with a wide range of tequilas including some our house-infused
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Dinner, Lunch
CUISINES
Mexican, Latin
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed September 2, 2019

Definitely acceptable food and presentation but not especially memorable. When in Burlington and in the mood for Mexican this is our place. Outside seating a plus. Decent drinks.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank BillfromMontreal
Reviewed August 28, 2019 via mobile

Went to have lunch here on Monday, but sadly was unable to eat the Burrito, rice and beans I ordered. The entire dish was so salty you literally could not eat it. I brought this to the servers attention and he basically blew me off....More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank 895edwardm
Reviewed August 12, 2019

1st let me state that Tony Bennett was at the Flynn Theater just around the corner. When we (4) arrived at 7pm on Saturday night the place was slammed! Inquired w/ hostess if the bar area was open seating.... "bar yes but the high tops...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Darcie S
Reviewed July 9, 2019

My friend and I went to El Gato after eating dinner for their own drinks. They have a very extensive margarita menu and I highly suggest trying one of their unique margs. The bartender was very friendly as well!

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank sipriceisright
Reviewed May 25, 2019

Our friends recommended this place as they eat here on a fairly regular basis. Nice place to hang out. Pescada (fish) tacos were pretty good. Margaritas were ok.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank TLG056
Reviewed May 24, 2019 via mobile

Worst service we ever experienced. Took 25 minutes to get drink order and 45 minutes to food after we placed an order. Food that came was partial we had to remind the waiter to complete the order. Drinks were just not up to par with...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank TariqQ_12
Reviewed May 5, 2019

The place itself is fine and has pretty great service. I'd recommend it more for a drinks stop than food, but maybe I just ordered poorly. On a recent trip I got Enchiladas with shrimp, spinach, in a cream sauce. I got shrimp debris with...More

Date of visit: May 2019
1  Thank Derek B
Reviewed May 4, 2019

The food is always good but the inexperienced staff makes the whole thin just average. Went in with a party of 6 at 5:30 before a show and was told they had no room. The large empty table for 6 was 'reserved' for a party...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Pegasherochamp
Reviewed March 20, 2019

I was on a college visit to UVM with my daughter, who has celiac disease. We went at 2:00 so the place was pretty empty. The staff was super nice and so attentive to our needs. They made special (and fresh) gluten free chips. We...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Missy C
Reviewed March 19, 2019

This is the second time we ate at El Gato. The change was slight but noticeable. The chicken tasted processed and that ruined the dish. The Tostada was excellent but the chicken soft taco was lacking. When I first had this dish, it was excellent....More

Date of visit: March 2019
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