There’s a unique and sincere feeling you get when you visit Downtown El Paso, and the Downtown Management District (DMD) has come up with a name and contests for it. “Authentico” food, drinks, merchandise and people are what you’ll find in each of the five districts: El Centro, Union Plaza, Las Plazas, Office District and Government District.
Everyone is invited to “Eat Authentico” by visiting one or all establishments that have created courses especially for the campaign, available now until Nov. 11. You can also visit DowntownElPaso.com to register before Nov. 3 for a chance to win a dinner crawl for two. Local coffeemaker Bean Type Roasters was inspired to roast an Authentico coffee blend, and in turn, the DMD was inspired to develop a campaign that would invite chefs to create menu offerings inspired by Downtown. This set of restaurants was chosen to highlight the area’s emerging fine dining scene.
“We truly feel we have some of the best restaurants in the city of El Paso, and we chose to make this about the food because food brings people together,” said Rudy Vasquez, the marketing and communications manager for DMD. “The culture of food has really grown to a point where the average person can really enjoy it as an art and share their experience with others via blogging and social media as well as word of mouth.”
Dead Beach Brewery
406 S. Durango St. (Union Plaza District)
Whet your appetite by beginning at Deadbeach Brewery for a sampler flight of their four flagship beers. DeadBeach Lager, Abuelita Stout, Brown Bonnie, and DeadBeach IPA are all brewed on the premises and can even be taken home to enjoy by purchasing or bringing in a growler. The Abuelita Stout represents our region with its spicy and sweet chocolate notes brewed with coffee from Las Cruces-based Picacho Coffee Roasters.
109 N. Oregon St. (Las Plazas Arts District)
Four-time James Beard nominee, Cafe Central, offers one of Mexico's classic dishes, roasted bone marrow, as a first-course appetizer. The cross-section of roasted bone invites you to dig out the buttery marrow to spread over grilled sourdough bread and top with a red wine and shallot jam to cut the richness.
303 N. Oregon St. (Las Plazas Arts District)
Downtown's newest fine dining addition serves up a second course of house-made cappelletti topped with pine nuts and radicchio. Similar to tortellini, Anson 11 stuffs these "little hats" with Taleggio cheese and roasted quince.
325 N. Kansas St. (Office District)
Housed inside Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner's third course brings a little surf to our turf. The hotel is infused with local homages while the restaurant uses locally-sourced ingredients in their dishes. Pan-seared scallops are served atop sautéed spinach in a creamy sauce made with Sin Ultra Premium Vodka and Hatch green chiles.
Pot Au Feu
307 E. Franklin Ave. (Office District)
Pot Au Fe’s menu features a variety of globetrotting dishes, but its fourth course dessert offering takes a cue from its namesake’s country. An individual-sized Basque cake is served with fresh black berries and a Grand Marnier sauce.