Salt + Honey

Now Open:

Salt + Honey Bakery Café is officially open for breakfast and lunch. Owned by former What’s Up editor Maggie Asfahani Hajj, the eatery serves up dishes like baklava pancakes, honey-feta fries, cheese-stuffed burgers and hummus-avocado toast. Follow Salt + Honey at or call 915-313-4907.

Café Istanbul Mediterranean Café is now open at 3551 Sun Bowl near UTEP. This spot is definitely on our radar with live music and an open kitchen where everything is made from scratch, including the baklava.

Also opening near UTEP is another Cane’s Chicken. This will be their fourth location in El Paso.

Taco Tote will be opening another location in the parking lot of The Outlet Shoppes.

No longer will you have to speed to purchase a ticket to the sellout, pop-up ramen dinners at Tradecraft. Chef Enrique Lozano has returned to El Paso and will open a ramen shop offering ramen and dim sum in the Union Plaza called Nishi Ramen at 504 W. San Antionio, Suite B in Downtown’s Union Plaza.

Palomino Tavern, which has previously operated on the corner of North Mesa and Robinson (now home to Wing Daddy’s Express) will return to the Kern area at the former location of Kopi Coffee on Cincinnati. Chef Lawrence Acosta of Tom’s and Dark Horse fame heads up the kitchen, and has developed a creative menu with plenty of surprises.

Dunkin Donuts is being constructed on the corner of Festival and North Mesa.

Now Closed:

Thai Chef, a Northeast restaurant that served pad thai, curries and Thai tea, recently closed. However, you’ll find those exact items at Tara Thai, which is operated by the same owners on 2606 N Mesa St. Monday-Saturday. Give them a call at 915-219-9307

Papa Pita closed down after two years, but indicated that they plan to pursue other opportunities.

Westside Indian restaurant Chut-ney closed down, and already in its place, Casa Pizza will open. After over 20 years of operation, Casa Pizza closed its Magruder location in central El Paso, but will reopen sometime in May at 5435 N. Mesa.

In case you missed it, Tosca Pizzeria and Dominic’s Italian Restaurant closed down.

Trending Eats:

Rolled cold 915 is open inside Sunland Park Mall. The rolled ice cream made famous in Thailand can also be found at Tippi Teas and Fahrenheit 32.

Cauliflower wings, as in breaded and fried cauliflower, is trending in El Paso. You’ll find them at local spots Ode Brewing and Eloise, while chains Alamo Drafthouse, P. F. Chang’s, and Chili’s are serving them, too. While not of the cauliflower variety, Steve-o’s has a fried veggie trio appetizer that’s a culinary genius.