For many years, the spot vacated by Caliche’s Frozen Custard on the west side stayed vacant. A2Z Cafe has finally capitalized on this prime spot near the movie theater, making good use of the small space. A full kitchen resides in the center, hidden by green walls, and strategically placed seating forms the L-shaped restaurant. Part Middle Eastern, part American fare makes up a unique menu that differs from other hybrid restaurants in El Paso.
Appetizers include familiar items like hummus, baba ghanoush, spanakopita and guacamole, but then there are items like kafta lamb sliders with roasted tomatoes and three thyme pizza, which amps up meat and cheese pizza with za’atar spices, basil and yogurt sauce. A variety of salads are offered, including tuna, Greek and tabouli with your choice of quinoa or bulgur. Visit their Facebook page to find out what daily soups and entrees are being featured. Past soups have been lentil, fish chowder and meatballs with noodles. Featured entree specials have been meat turnovers (safeha), lasagna, pulled pork sandwiches and squash stuffed with garbanzo beans and rice.
Sandwiches come with sweet potato fries and gluten-free bread is available. Chicken tawoo, a seasoned chicken breast served with coleslaw and garlic spread wrapped in pita bread, is one of the most popular sandwiches. Other options are falafel, Reuben on rye, a pineapple burger and sliced turkey breast with avocado on a pretzel bun. A small offering of entrees runs the gamut from spicy fish with couscous to gluten-free pasta Alfredo. Finish sweet with baklava, cannoli or pistachio mascarpone cake.
A2Z lives up to its name, serving up a little bit of everything for everyone. Visit them frequently for their rotating daily specials and a new menu coming soon.
7510 Remcon Circle; 915-249-6070; Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Vegan friendly; $3-9.50