L & J Cafe
Tucked in a residential neighborhood by Concordia Cemetery, L & J Cafe has been an El Paso institution since 1928. Their prize-winning salsa comes in green and red versions. The red looks like tomato sauce, semi-viscous with a subtle kick, a degree of spicy people may scoff at until it’s too late and they’re screaming for water. The green is bursting hot and has a hint of tomatillo and roasted peppers. Both are zesty and good enough to drink. When El Pasoans tell out-of-towners about El Paso chile, L & J is what they’re talking about. 3622 E. Missouri Ave., 915-566-8418; landjcafe.com.