Cabo Joe’s (formerly Bikini Joe’s) combines Mexican street-style food with El Paso’s brand of Mexican food, or “El Paso TexMex,” as owner John Geske calls it. The original location at Sioux Street proved popular enough to take a chance opening a second location in the former location of Ernie G’s on North Mesa.
Some of the appetizers have offbeat names, like Trash Can Nachos (mound of nachos served on a trash can lid), Bottle Caps (fried pickles and jalapenos) and Chubby’s (mini hot dogs with charro beans, bacon, jalapenos and cheese). The Flautas appetizer pays homage to an El Paso standby: rolled tacos in tomato broth topped with cheese.
The rest of the menu is all about choices. Choose between beef, chicken, pork and fish fillings in their tacos, burritos, burgers and sandwiches. Burritos come smothered with chile con queso and crispy chorizo. Taco vessels can be corn tortillas, homemade flour tortillas or lettuce cups. Most items come with a side, the most popular being elote en vaso (corn in a cup). Their version stays true to tradition: a styrofoam cup filled with large white corn kernels mixed with butter and topped with queso fresco, chile powder and a lime wedge.
Cabo Joe’s has good daily drink and food specials, a fun cantina atmosphere and locally inspired food complete with waitresses in bikini tops.
1610 Sioux Street, 915-775-1135; 3233 N. Mesa, Ste. 103, 915-544-2424. Hours: Every day 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Price range: $4-17 ($26 for El Gran Monstruo, a 10-patty burger and a pound of fries complete with a Man vs. Food challenge.) Vegetarian friendly: only some appetizers. For more info visit EatatCaboJoes.com or Facebook.com/cabojoes.