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Trip List by SWHighlander

The Best of Dining in El Paso

21 Oct 2006  Lived in El Paso from 2002-2005, found a lot of its restaurants lacking, and no help at all from the El Paso Times food reviews (they think it's all great)
3.0 of 5 stars based on 10 votes

A list of my top picks for restaurants in El Paso, Texas

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: El Paso, Sunland Park, Canutillo
  • Category: Best of
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Singles, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Cafe Central
    Cafe Central, El Paso, Texas

    The most expensive restaurant in town (entrees are 20s and 30s), and the food and wine live up to the price. Live music some nights, located downtown.

  • 2. Greenery Bakery Cafe & Grill
    Greenery Bakery Cafe & Grill, El Paso, Texas

    Hard to categorize with excellent everyday foods (best burger in town) as well as the best nouveau cuisine in town. Best (not largest) wine list. Wine tasting classes are not to be missed. Gourmet grocer/market attached, priced accordingly. Inside Sunland Park Mall.

  • 3. Ardovino's Desert Crossing - Mecca Lounge
    Ardovino's Desert Crossing - Mecca Lounge, Sunland Park, New Mexico

    Best outdoor dining in town, but nice indoors as well. Nouveau/Italian-based cuisine, good wine list, humidor, live music on weekends.

  • 4. Geogeske (a.k.a. G2)
    http://www.geogeske.com/

    Trendy, happening restaurant and bar at Cincinnati St and Stanton (Kern/University area) that has upscale food, good mixed drinks, and a lounge atmosphere with cool music. Best house salad in town (mixed greens with cranberries, asiago...). Great ahi tuna - have them put in the salad!

  • 5. Ardovino's Pizza
    http://www.ardovinospizza.com/

    Small, cute thin crust pizza with gourmet and traditional ingredients

  • 6. Matsuharu Japanese Restaurant

    The only Japanese-owned and run sushi restaurant in town (it's authentic, and a little hole in the wall to find). 4886 Hercules Ave Ste B; El Paso, TX 79904. 915-751-9355.

  • 7. Sinbad's Middle Eastern Cafe

    Small,
    clean and the best Middle Eastern food in town. Owned and run by a
    Lebanese professor.
    2716 N. Mesa El Paso, TX (915) 351-1350

  • 8. Azafran's

    Gourmet international cuisine, great ambience. The location seems to be cursed, though, as it has changed names and owners frequently.
    5411 N Mesa St; El Paso, TX 7991. (915) 581-8100

  • 9. India Palace

    Very good Indian fare. Nice atmosphere but the kitchen is slow. Open Sunday evenings, which is rare in this town for a non-chain.
    5380 N Mesa St; El Paso, TX 79912. (915) 833-2245

  • 10. Dona Lupe Cafe
    http://donalupecafe.com/

    One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in a city full of them. Located in 5
    Points: 2919 Pershing Dr; El Paso, TX 79903. (915) 566-9833

  • 11. Magic Pan
    Magic Bistro, El Paso, Texas

  • 12. Pho Tre Bien

    The
    only Vietnamese restaurant in town. It's pretty good (and I've been to
    Vietnam), esp. their pho. Weak ambience and don't expect Vietnamese
    waitstaff.
    8838 Viscount Blvd # A; El Paso, TX 79925. (915) 598-0166

  • 13. Mesa Street Bar & Grill
    Mesa Street Grill, El Paso, Texas

    Modern American cuisine in a trendy, upscale atmosphere. Service shaky. Nice enclosed, covered patio but can get smoky and loud if live music. Food varies from very good to disappointing.

  • 14. Lucy's Restaurant
    Lucy's Restaurant, El Paso, Texas

    A small dive with great Chihuahuan (Mexican) food. Good for breakfast too.

  • 15. Little Diner
    Little Diner, Canutillo, Texas

    A local favorite that's hard to find even with directions - far West Side of El Paso metro, but worth the drive. Mix of Chihuahuan and New Mexico cuisine in a little diner.