Mexican

In a city with hundreds of Mexican restaurants, it’s difficult to stand out, but Cafe Mayapan supersedes all expectations of border fare. The unique restaurant has promoted culture and tradition since 2001 by serving authentic, nutritious food while contributing to community development and …

Fried chicken is fine and good, but it’s the grilled, Mexican-style chicken where the flavor is at. Don Carbon has been serving mesquite-grilled chicken and more since 2013. The small eatery and drive-thru feels like a modern, fast casual chain, but it’s locally owned and recently opened its…

After a name change and a couple of location changes (two east locations), Cabo Joe’s has revamped its image and menu. Gone are bikini-clad waitresses (with the exception of private parties and special events) for a more family-friendly experience. There’s still an “El Paso Tex-Mex” theme, b…

“A hidden gem” has to be the most trite restaurant descriptor ever to be used, but that’s exactly how you’d describe El Asador. Way out East, past El Dorado High School is the Good Time gas station, and within the convenient store is a cozy sit-down eatery. Once inside, you’ll forget about s…

Dark Horse Tavern has risen from the ashes of the Palomino Tavern and Star City Kitchen in downtown’s Union Plaza. Owners of these former establishments have partnered with Chef Lawrence of Tom’s Folk Café to bring a distinctive experience. This rustic, chic bar has chandeliers lining its ce…

It’s another modern classic tale of a food truck finding enough success to open a brick and mortar restaurant. A year ago you, could mostly find the Moshi Box truck out on the East Side. This year, the truck’s owners added Moonrise, a permanent home on Zaragoza. It’s not your typical sushi b…

Luchador is where Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) meets Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling), and your inner paleta-eating child meets your Margarita-drinking adult self. You’re met by an explosion of colors, lucha figurines hanging above the hostess station, and a ton of televisions. Booths…

If there is an iconic restaurant that best represents El Paso, it’s L & J Cafe. The restaurant and bar, which has operated since 1927 (first as Tony’s Place) is steeped in four generations of family tradition. Throughout the decades, L & J has received national recognition, a roster …

La Tierra Café describes itself as a specialty eatery for the senses, using daring but not scary ingredients that aren’t confined to categories. Owner Herminia Escajeda has been serving up an overwhelming array of soups, salads, sandwiches and other specialties for the past seven years in a …

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 Erni…

Beyond the row of chain restaurants in Las Palmas Marketplace lies a small Mexican restaurant. El Parque (The Park) brings the outdoors inside with an abundance of fake foliage and street lamps. The atmosphere is conducive to relaxing over a beer and an appetizer like wings, nachos or Mexica…

Steven and Drina Hernandez of the successful Create Gourmet Eats food truck have expanded their culinary and business talent at Steveo’s Eat and Drink on the East Side. Create will be limited to catering and festivals to accommodate their new venture. Art, architecture and music factor into …

The Starbucks on Montana and McRae hasn’t served frappuccinos in more than two years. Instead, a local restaurant has taken its place serving a much different specialty drink. Amped-up micheladas and Bloody Marys have become popular throughout Mexico and are continuing to trend in El Paso.

Touting itself as a little great gourmet dive, Rulis’ International Kitchen started out in downtown El Paso before making its way to the UTEP area, across from the Don Haskins Center. Chef Raul “Rulis’’ Gonzalez has created a diverse menu with a variety of familiar dishes with mostly Mediter…

The sprawling Eastside has made Horizon City seem much closer these days, and Horizon’s population boom is reaping more restaurant choices. On the corner of Eastlake and Kenazo, you’ll find one of the most diverse restaurants in El Paso County. Sahar serves mostly Mexican food, but they also…

Cantina Malolam is the black sheep of the TI:ME at Montecillo food establishments, with a name derived from the Spanish word for bad, malo, spelled forwards and backwards. This bad boy restaurant and bar stays up late every day until 2 a.m., blaring Mexican music and serving tequila that flo…

A neighborhood meeting place with a history dating back to the 1950’s exemplifies El Paso’s blending of cultures by serving up homestyle Mexican food with a dash of Syrian cuisine. The building has roots as a former Leo’s, then Arnold’s and now Su Casa. After 15 years, Su Casa is one of the …

Restaurants located inside gas stations are popping up all over El Paso, and the latest to join this trend is Real Bite on Paisano, near the Union Plaza. Housed inside a clean and spacious Quick Mart, Real Bite is a lunch counter with a colorful chalkboard menu and graffitied white subway ti…

Little Shack really is a little shack of a building located in the parking lot of a West side shopping center on North Mesa. The interior looks bigger than the exterior indicates, and within the last couple of years, they’ve added an outdoor patio complete with a television. They also added …