Holiday season means limited edition menu items from local vendors! Over in the northeast, Jonbalaya is dishing up stuffing waffles topped with smoked turkey, gravy, cranberry salsa, and a cream cheese drizzle.

Sweet Addiction is taking orders for piecaken, a pecan and a pumpkin pie baked right into a 3-layer pumpkin chai cake with vanilla frosting and toasted walnuts and pepitas in a maple syrup glaze.

’Tis the season for new beginnings!

El Paso’s first “pay it forward” food truck is called One Grub Community. Chef Roman Wilcox is heading the operation with specialties like classic and veggie gyros, posole, kale tabouleh and more. Instead of a tip jar, the food truck has a PIF (pay it forward) jar to collect funds that go to a community account that will pay for someone who can’t afford a meal. The goal is to raise enough money to fund an event to feed underserved populations. Get updates and locations at facebook.com/OneGrubCommunity and on Instagram @OneGrubCommunity.

Lizzie’s Pro Fit Kitchen will open on Monday, Dec. 5 at 504 W. San Antonio, the former downtown location of Cafe Italia and 360 Cocina Urbana. The dine-in and to-go restaurant offers pre-made healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more info, visit LizziesProFitKitchen.com

That same day, Tacos Don Cuco will open in the former location of Brunch Club at 5801 N. Mesa. 

Another El Cometa will open at 4131 N. Mesa, where other restaurants like Cananas, La Patrona and Drunken Panda have led a short existence. 

Crepe & Co Downtown will open soon at 117 N. Stanton. Find them on Facebook or call 915-351-1700 for more info.

But it’s also a season of some closures.

The Downtown location of Sparrow’s Spirits and Pies has closed down. It was one of the only local places to serve authentic Chicago-style pizza. The first location on the eastside had closed down last year.

The Krispy Kreme located near UTEP/Kern Place closed down due to declining sales blamed on I-10 construction, but the donuts are served for breakfast a couple of doors down at the new Bush’s Chicken. Plans to open another Krispy Kreme are in the works, but the location is to be determined.

Also closed in the Kern area are Kopi Coffee and W at Cincinnati.

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