One of downtown’s newest restaurants is named after the New York City neighborhood, North of Little Italy. The owners of Nolita have converted the former food court across from the county courthouse into one large bar and restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sonny Tombosky, former head chef of the El Paso Country Club, has created a menu of burgers, paninis, salads and pasta.

Breakfast items include fried chicken and waffles, omelets and other breakfast sandwiches. Start your meal off with the spicy buffalo chicken and cheeseburger egg rolls with housemade ranch dipping sauce. Out of the five burgers offered, the Bordertown is the most decadent with grilled ham, chorizo, American cheese and a fried egg. Burger patties are made with a blend of ground chuck and short ribs. The Louisiana Panini tops a Cajun-seasoned chicken breast with peppers, basil, pesto, lemon aioli and mozzarella. The Santa Barbaran has already become a favorite sandwich that has slow-cooked brisket in the house bbq sauce on a telera roll. Burgers and sandwiches come with your choice of garlic-parmesan fries, sweet potato waffle fries, house chips or fresh fruit.

Pasta dishes include the grown up mac cheese, a version made with bacon and cavatappi pasta in a béchamel sauce reminiscent of Alfredo sauce. Chicken, beef and seafood dishes are also on the menu and available in lunch and dinner portions. Each dish reflects American, Italian or Asian influences, like the Thai salmon served in a chile, lime and honey glaze.

Nolita also hosts live music and unique events, like a dinner hosted in their basement which included a paranormal investigation by the Paso del Norte Paranormal Society. Morning and evening hours make it easy for anyone to enjoy this new spot, whether they work or play downtown.

420 E. San Antonio; 915-246-2324; Monday-Wednesday 7-12 a.m., Thursday-Friday 7-2 a.m., Saturday 11-2 a.m., closed Sundays; Vegetarian friendly; facebook.com/nolitaep

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