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With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, El Paso is known as a haven for outdoor recreationists and nature lovers, but the city's zest for adventure encompasses every aspect of living — especially the kind that comes on a plate. From sizzling fajitas and traditional tamales to spicy barbecue and perfectly grilled steak, El Paso — the culinary crossroads for Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Southwestern cuisine — can cure any craving and challenge even the most daring of foodies. You'll love discovering the city's varied and delicious dining options, which include down-home diners, white-tablecloth meals, and international menus like Asian, Italian, Spanish, and more. Who knows, you might even discover a small eatery off the beaten path — full of locals — serving the best cheese enchiladas you've ever had (because they are rarely made with beef here).
Just across the northern border in New Mexico you'll find even more tasty bites, such as chiles rellenos, stacked enchiladas, and carne adovada, all typically served with a healthy dose of red or green chile (if you're feeling festive, ask for both, or as locals call it, "Christmas"). Complete dinner with a glass of local red or white wine, or opt for any number of interpretations of the classic margarita.
El Paso's relaxed atmosphere makes every dinner one to remember. Find a cozy table or patio spot with sunset views, sip a margarita or a craft cocktail, and enjoy the city's rich cuisine — which, some might say, is the key to El Paso's heart.
Know Before You Go
El Paso is reportedly near the birthplace of everyone's favorite tequila-based libation: the margarita ("daisy" in Spanish). Although there are many tales behind the margarita's origins, local legend has it that the drink was first concocted just across the border in Ciudad Juárez.
Andale Fine Mexican Cuisine & Cantina
9201 Gateway Blvd. West, El Paso, TX 79925
Step in and the aroma of freshly made corn tortillas and Mexican cuisine will stir your senses. With its festive atmosphere, Andale is perfect for any occasion. Lunch and dinner specials, as well as a full breakfast and children's menu, are offered. Andale uses the freshest ingredients, strict preparation standards, and consistent quality in taste, presentation, and service. Party room, outdoor patio, and daily live music.
303 N. Oregon St., El Paso, TX 79901
Located in the historic Anson Mills building in Downtown El Paso, Anson11 is an outstanding culinary destination offering two unique dining experiences. Full-flavored dishes and live entertainment can be found on the first floor, featuring a contemporary American bistro. Dine inside or outside on our patio overlooking San Jacinto Plaza, perfect for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Fine dining on the second floor offers a stellar dining experience recognized for its extraordinary flavors and service, with one of the city's largest wine selections.
• Central: 206 Cincinnati Ave., El Paso, TX 79902
• West: 865 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, TX 79912
• East: 1879 N. Zaragoza Rd., El Paso, TX 79936
• Northeast: 11100 Sean Haggerty Dr., El Paso, TX 79934
• West: 145 W. Sunset Bldg. #G, El Paso, TX 79922
Established in 1961, Ardovino's opened as a gourmet and Italian food mart and has since expanded to include a pizzeria and delicatessen. Ardovino's 42 years of experience means great food — pizza, sandwiches, and gourmet items, as well as wine and gifts. Ardovino's is your headquarters for gift baskets. "It definitely has the best pizza in town," says Texas Monthly magazine. Recognized by Pizza Today magazine as one of the top 100 independent pizzerias in the country.
109 N. Oregon St., El Paso, TX 7990
With 100 years of history, delectable cuisine, and superior personal service, Cafe Central offers an outstanding dining experience. We are conveniently located in the heart of downtown, just one block from the Museum of Art, the Plaza Theatre, the Convention Center, and other hotels. After a long day of travel, come indulge in the Cafe Central experience — come be a part of a timeless tradition and legacy. Bon appétit!
Casita Linda Mexican Restaurant
5315 Hondo Pass, El Paso, TX 79924
915-757-9025 • Catering Service: 915-820-3840
The Herrera/Terrazas family is proud to have served authentic Mexican and American meals since 1946 while providing the best service and attention to our longtime and new customers. Our original philosophy has been upheld by using only the highest quality products available. Try our specialties like authentic Hatch chile con queso and our sizzling fajitas. All of us at Casita Linda appreciate you and our military.
The Edge of Texas Steakhouse and Saloon
8690 Edge of Texas, El Paso, TX 79934
We specialize in great customer service and home-cooked meals. Well worth the short drive from the airport, The Edge of Texas Steakhouse and Saloon is one of the finest steakhouses in the region. Choose from delicate hand-cut, specially seasoned steaks, seafood, chicken, salads, delicious burgers (beef or bison), and guest favorites like brisket, ribs, fajitas, and more. Don't miss our famous enchiladas! Daily lunch specials, a beautiful banquet facility, and an amazing bar top it all off.
• 7501 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79912
• 1135 Airway Blvd., El Paso, TX 79925
• 1360 George Dieter Dr., El Paso, TX 79936
• 12704 Montana Ave., El Paso, TX 79938
Catering Service: 915-449-7427
Famous Dave's is El Paso's favorite BBQ spot. We delight guests with a tasty selection of meats like our melt-in-your-mouth Texas beef brisket, saucy and tender St. Louis ribs, and juicy Georgia pulled pork. Come see why we're the longest-running backyard BBQ party in history!
Fire Restaurant, Fire Bar, M Cafe, Sunset Terrace
600 N. El Paso St., El Paso, Texas, 79901
Come check out the mouthwatering flavors Brick Oven delivers: woodfired pizza, steaks, and seafood are complemented by a lightfare menu with delicious salads and appetizers. Refresh with a cold draft beer or enjoy a craft cocktail while you relish in the 180-degree views of the downtown skyline. Or indulge in one of the hottest downtown restaurants in El Paso, the Fire Restaurant & Bar. Chef Aaron Spring brings delicious new cuisine with breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Thrill in the modern, contemporary sounds of live music starting at 6 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Giant China Buffet
1458 N. Lee Trevino Dr., El Paso, TX 79936
We have handmade fresh sushi; make-your-own Mongolian grill; authentic Chinese and American food; and dishes like beef and broccoli, sesame chicken, crab legs, oysters, fruit, and cream cheese rolls that melt in your mouth! Friendly and attentive staff. Party room, reservations accepted. Takeout available.
Great American Land & Cattle Company
• The Original Great American Land & Cattle Co.
7600 Alabama St., El Paso, TX 79904
• Eastside Steakburger Steakhouse
2220 N. Yarbrough Dr., El Paso, TX 79925
If you're looking for great food in a fun and friendly environment, then look no further. The "Original" Steakburger restaurant offers a large variety of burgers, sandwiches, platters of steaks, seafood, chicken, and BBQ; salads, tortilla soup, and shrimp cocktails; and beer, wine, and tequila- and wine-based margaritas.
• Westside Steakburger Steakhouse
701 S. Mesa Hills Dr., El Paso, TX 79912
Enjoy world-famous service, sunset views, a heart-healthy Akaushi Kobe rib-eye or burger, deluxe seafood platters, BBQ chicken, beef, or chicken fajitas for two. Save room for our creamy specialty mission pies, with flavors like key lime and chocolate silk. All proceeds go to support mission groups. The Westside location on Mesa Hills is just one block north, at the Sunland Park exit.
• Great American Steakburger
1338 Picacho Hills Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88007
Try the all-new Great American in Las Cruces, where we are continuing the tradition of great service and food, with a smile. Steak, chicken, seafood, salads, and sandwiches.
Great American Steakhouse
• 1345 George Dieter Dr., El Paso, TX 79936
• I-10 East Exit 1 & I-10 West Exit 2
600 Valley Chili Rd., Vinton, TX 79821
• Opens in fall 2018
1300 Airway Blvd., El Paso, TX 79925
Enjoy the real Texas steak, we serve the best traditions of state cuisine, such as delicious steaks, fresh ingredients, and classic recipes. Enjoy barbecue, ribs, sirloin, our giant Tomahawk steak, and the variety of sandwiches and burgers accompanied by exclusive drinks. You have to come!
The Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave., El Paso, TX 79912
Family owned since 1948, this is a true El Paso favorite. Salads include the authentic antipasto, caprese, or spinach salad. Fresh Italian sandwiches with meatball, sausage, or chicken are perfect for your business lunch. Amazing pizza, spaghetti, eggplant parmigiana, rigatoni, manicotti, and lasagna are our specialties. Try our cannoli, a delightful blend of chocolate and cream in one luscious dessert. Vegetarian choices are available. Large volume catering and private parties welcome. Enjoy a nice glass of wine on our patio from our extensive wine list.
Mesa Street Grill
3800 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79902
Established in 1998, Mesa Street Grill is locally owned and operated and offers a unique dining venue for the El Paso area. The chefs are all graduates of Le Cordon Bleu or other professional culinary schools. The dining areas are designed for private and pleasing conversation. A climate-controlled patio is ideal for toasts of congratulations with business associates or friends and loved ones. Everything about Mesa Street Grill dining guide is designed to enhance your dining experience. Come by for live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano
Pepper Tree Square
5411 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79912
Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano has been serving authentic Italian entrées in El Paso for more than 12 years. We specialize in preparing Black Angus reserve steaks, flown-in seafood, and homemade pastas. Join chef and owner Cosimo Battaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for a spectacular meal that will please all of your five senses. Join us for a casual lunch, or try one of our signature dishes for dinner. Book your next business meeting or event in our spacious private dining room for up to 70 people. Come see why Mi Piaci Ristorante is the art of fine Italian cuisine.
130 Shadow Mountain Dr., El Paso, TX 79912
Pelican's features hand-carved steaks and a variety of fresh seafood — only the finest seafood, delivered twice a week — as well as USDA Choice Angus Beef, aged in-house to ensure tenderness. Our famous succulent lobster tail melts in your mouth. Alaskan king crab legs or smoked salmon are favorites. Try the Baja fish tacos or Shrimp Pelican, butterflied and fried in beer batter. Pelican's is known throughout the region for its superior cuisine and sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for any occasion. There's no better place to have lunch or dinner. Enjoy the full bar with specialty drinks along with excellent service.
• 2612 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79902
•12302 Bldg. J Montana Ave., El Paso, TX 79938
One bite of the tender beef smothered in special barbecue sauce and you will see why Rib Hut — known for its slow-cooked, mouthwatering barbecue — has been El Paso's favorite since 1984. Try the big, beefy ribs or baby back mesquite-smoked pork ribs, honey glazed. The brisket is always lean, smoked, and thinly sliced. The sausage is spiced perfectly and always juicy. The chicken fried steak is the best in the Southwest. Rib Hut also offers a tempting selection of steaks, deliciously grilled to your liking. From the 16-ounce T-bone to the 8-ounce charbroiled rib-eye, it doesn't get any better. The half-pound Angus steakburger is served with a choice of toppings and cold beer. The atmosphere is relaxing and the staff friendly.
Rockin' Cigar Bar & Grill
• 226 Cincinnati Ave., El Paso, TX 79902
• 6404 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79912
Join the fun at the No. 1 cigar hangout in El Paso, Rockin' Cigar Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy 50-cent wings every day, with many flavors to choose from. Conveniently located in the Cincinnati Entertainment District across the street from UTEP, a few minutes from downtown. Catch the Streetcar that stops in front. Huge selection of cigars at cigar store prices. $2 pints, $5 pitchers. Full bar with an extensive selection of scotch and tequila. Brick-oven pizza and specialty cheeseburgers. Nine 70-inch big screens for sports fans. Large patio, billiards, and darts. Open 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Visit their hot new location at 6404 N. Mesa, with humidor and twenty-four 70-inch big screens. Catch the Brio, which stops in front.
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr., El Paso, TX 79922
Enjoy El Paso's nationally acclaimed barbecue. Behind the walls of this Spanish structure lies one of the most beautiful courtyards in the city. Large weeping willows and fountains make The State Line a favorite of locals and visitors. This popular '40s roadhouse eatery features specialties such as baby back pork ribs, smoked prime rib, smoked duck, and pork tenderloin. Rounding out the menu is a full line of signature salads as well as grilled items, including steaks, seafood, and chicken. Open for dinner seven nights a week and lunch Sunday through Friday. Outdoor dining and full bar. The Side Door Liquor Store is open daily until midnight.
Tin Man Filling Station
• 4935 N. Mesa St., Ste. 12, El Paso, TX 79912
• 2301 N. Zaragoza Rd., Ste. 108, El Paso, TX 79938
• 13001 Eastlake Blvd., Ste. 112, El Paso, TX 79928
Tin Man is a Texas craft beer growler filling station in east and west El Paso. We carry local and regional craft beers along with growlers and a variety of apparel. Our Big Bend Hefewizen embodies the openness and unique character of a region that's all its own. West Texas is the secret ingredient — take a swallow and put yourself in the heart of it. The spirit of West Texas, now in a can. Sip a Pineapple Cider, an exotic twist of blended heirloom bittersweet and culinary apples with a taste of the tropics — golden, ripe, and delicious. Join us for fun and games, along with a craft beer list to suit everybody.
West Texas Chophouse
1135 Airway Blvd., El Paso, TX 79925
West Texas Chophouse is setting the new standard of steak in town. Premium steak, burgers, and house-made desserts are served in a casual yet modern and refined setting. The bar offers deliciously handcrafted cocktails and an excellent selection of wine and craft beer. With unmatched hospitality, great food, and a strategic location by the airport and near famous El Paso landmarks, we're the perfect place to add excitement to your business trip or create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO
Garnuño's Restaurant & Cantina
Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
705 S. Telshor Blvd., Las Cruces, NM 88011
An institution among New Mexico restaurants, Garduño's group of restaurants has been offering savory local cuisine to New Mexicans and visitors since 1969. Taste authentic regional cuisine from both New Mexico and Old Mexico for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and indulge yourself with an extensive selection of wines, liqueurs, and margaritas. Poolside service seasonally.
Hacienda De Mesilla Grille, Inn & Cantina
1891 Avenida de Mesilla, Mesilla, NM 88046
Located only a few blocks from Old Mesilla's Historic Plaza, Mesilla's only boutique inn, grille, and cantina offers a special experience to the seasoned traveler, full of charm and personal attention. Our 14-room inn offers a full-service grille and cantina, pool, and rooftop terrace and the area's finest selection of seafood, steaks, and other Southwestinspired culinary delights to fit every occasion. Voted one of the area's best hotels and seafood restaurants in our first year!
La Posta De Mesilla
On the Plaza in Historic Old Mesilla, NM
2410 Calle de San Albino, Mesilla, NM 88046
Famed for Mexican food and steaks since 1939, this centuries-old historic adobe compound is "still everyone's favorite stop on the Old Butterfield Stagecoach Line," offering award-winning Mexican food, steaks, margaritas, and the Southwest's largest tequila selection! Enjoy private dining rooms, an outside courtyard, two cantinas, gifts shops, and a lobby full of tropical birds and fish. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Breakfast on weekends. Registered National Historic Landmark. On the Plaza in Historic Old Mesilla, New Mexico.