These 18 Funny Signs From an Iconic Texas Restaurant Will Brighten Your Day

El Arroyo Sign

Austin's El Arroyo restaurant has been making good use of its marquee sign for over 25 years. Since the early 1980s, the Tex-Mex restaurant has been putting up a fun, witty phrase each day. The original owner started using the sign this way, and the tradition is still going strong.

Whether they are silly puns or clever turns of phrase, these witty words are sure to bring a smile to your face. El Arroyo posts the sign every day on Instagram and has amassed over 650,000 followers who wait to see what funny phrase will appear.

So where do the sayings come from? Most of them come from submissions by people around the world who hope to see their humor on El Arroyo's sign. The staff has the ultimate decision on what makes the sign based on what gets the most laughs and what they feel is most timely.

Some of El Arroyo's most popular signs are based on current events. In fact, during the pandemic, their quarantine-themed signs continued even while the restaurant was closed. So, three years after our original coverage of the El Arroyo signs, let's take a look at what words have made the cut recently.

For over 25 years, Texas' El Arroyo restaurant has placed a funny phase on its sign each day.

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

People submit their best phrases, from silly puns to sarcastic sentences.

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

The signs are designed to bring a smile to your face and a little levity to your life.

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

El Arroyo Sign

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All images via El Arroyo.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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