El Paso Food Scene

Cream of the Crops

Taft+Diaz’s roasted heirloom corn and fried chicken. From field to fork, here’s what to eat and drink in the borderlands. By Carolyn Graham The regional foods grown and produced in the borderlands of Southern New Mexico  and West Texas thrive on desert living — just like the area’s residents. Take the chile peppers, which soak up the arid climate and …

El Paso Film Festival

That’s a Wrap

The Plaza Theatre hosts the indie film festival.Hollywood meets Sun City at the annual El Paso Film Festival. By Ashley M. Biggers The Plaza Classic Film Festival has been going strong for more than 12 years, but the iconic community event has an upstart cousin in the El Paso Film Festival. Founded in 2018 by filmmaker Carlos Corral and the …

El Paso Outdoor Attractions

Social Distance

At the forefront of the backcountry, El Paso brims with unspoiled outdoor activities. By Chez Chesak. Standing atop the Franklin Mountains, unfettered and simply stunning views unfold across three states and two nations. Many hikers feel elated after climbing to this perch, some 3,400-feet above the sprawling towns of El Paso and Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez. While this climb may seem …

Instagram El Paso

Get the Shot

McKelligon Canyon.El Paso’s one-of-a-kind destinations are worth sharing. Grab the best images with tips from fellow travelers — and tag #GuestLifeElPaso for a chance to be featured here. McKelligon Canyon (above) This canyon at the base of the Franklin Mountains is a popular spot for running and walking. “It’s best to get there earlier in the morning, so the sun …

El Paso historical attractions

Past and Present

Socorro Mission.Visit El Paso’s historical highlights. By Ashley M. Biggers Arriving in 1581, Spanish explorers established the future location of El Paso and Cuidad Juárez as El Paso del Norte (the Pass of the North). At the conclusion of the Mexican–American War, the flowing Rio Grande was set as the international boundary. El Paso became part of the United States …

El Paso art displays.

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El Paso Museum of ArtThe cross-cultural Borderlands and Chihuahuan desert scenery inspire artistry at these five can’t miss El Paso art experiences. By Ashley M. Biggers1. El Paso Museum of Art This sprawling, multi-story museum is known for its standout — and somewhat surprising, given the locale — collection of 12th– to 18th–century European art. The museum also exhibits works …

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

Students perform at the El Paso History Museum.Talent and audiences come from near and far for classical performances organized by El Paso Pro-Musica. By Ashley M. Biggers When the soaring sounds of classical music reverberate in El Paso, one organization is likely behind it: El Paso Pro-Musica. Founded in 1977 by Bruce Nehring, the organization draws international talents to the …

Taste of the Desert

Sotol plant.Sotol, El Paso’s regional spirit, is made for sipping. By Ashley M. Biggers Think of a Mexican and Southwestern spirit, and tequila, or more generally mezcal, often springs to mind. However, sotol — a drink native to this region — best captures the local flavors. Indigenous peoples began distilling sotol, a drink that takes its name from the plant …

Andale Mexican Restaurant

Andale Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Step into Andale Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, where the heavenly aroma of freshly made corn tortillas and Mexican cuisine stirs your senses. Gently handmade cuisine, guided by the nostalgia of their grandma’s kitchen, makes their food so special. Gerardo Valles is the genial owner perfecting the most authentic Mexican food. Celebrities as well as the general public have discovered the …

Ardovino's Pizza

Ardovino’s Pizza

Pizza, Salads, and Sandwiches Since 1961, Ardovino’s Pizza has reigned supreme as a legendary pizzeria and delicatessen in the desert Southwest, specializing in mouthwatering pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. Ardovino’s is consistently recognized as a favorite locally owned restaurant and has been featured in Pizza Today, Texas Monthly, and What’s Up Weekly as a premier destination for anyone in the area. …