Burrito Xpress strives to provide our customers with
modern, authentic Mexican cuisine at the highest
convenience. Simply put, we can offer a full menu,
in-restaurant experience or a piping hot, fresh burrito
- Alejandro Castro
The Castro family opened El Patio Mexican Restaurant on Nov. 10, 1999.
By 2008, the popular Water Street spot had expanded with a modern
tequila bar and a quick burrito service that brought the Mexican
classic back to its roots: Delivery.
The burrito first became popular in 1910 when Ciudad Juarez - also known as Chihuaha - would wrap his food in big, warm flour tortillas to keep it fresh as he went out for a day’s work. It quickly caught on and Chihuaha began delivering his now famous food by riding his donkey - or burro- from work site to work site on the Texas border.
Burrito Xpress carries on that tradition, offering hot and fresh delivery, a lot faster than Chihuaha's donkey made the trip.
Burrito Xpress is a product of the American Dream.
For years in Mexico, a young Aurelio Castro had heard
of the United States - or, El Norte - as a place with
an abundance of food and work. In 1951, Aurelia made
the leap to California, harvesting tomatoes. His son,
Alejandro, was born there in California and began working
at restaurants at the age of nine, learning every aspect
of the trade.
By 1998, Alejandro and his wife Lizzie - also the child of Mexican immigrants - moved to Wisconsin and started their first restaurant, and then started El Patio in Eau Claire in 2000. Now with children of their own - Alejandro, Anahi, Isabela, and Isaac - the Castro family is proud to live in Eau Claire and carry on their traditions with Burrito Xpress.