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Since living in El Paso, Ivan and I have made it a point to eat at locally owned restaurants as much as possible (and reasonable). We love getting to try food that is unique to the area, and that we can’t get just anywhere. So for a change of pace, I thought that today I would share our favorite El Paso restaurants. If you’re planning a trip to El Paso, moving to Fort Bliss, or just a local looking to try something new, I think there’s something for everyone on this list.
I’ve recommended this restaurant before because it is soooo good, and definitely unique! I’ve only ever tried the breakfast wrap, which is great. It is literally as long as my arm…and here’s a picture to prove it!
This cafe is close to downtown, and unlike any other restaurant I’ve been to. Their menu is different than your typical Mexican restaurant, even compared to others in El Paso, but everything I’ve tried has been delicious. I really like that you can get calabacita (squash) tacos because squash is my favorite vegetable.
Salt + Honey Bakery Cafe
This is definitely the cutest restaurant on my list. I really love everything about it – the decorations, the food, the coffee. It’s the whole package in my book. I always recommend it as a fun brunch place, or a different place to meet for coffee. But my absolute favorite thing are the pancakes in the picture above. My mouth is literally water writing this.
Ripe – Sunrise Cafe
I’ve eaten at both Ripe Eatery and the Ripe Sunrise Cafe, and they are both excellent quality. I went to the Sunrise Cafe for an army spouses function, and the service and food were both great, especially considering the size of our group.
This is one of my favorite places in El Paso. I’m kind of obsessed, and I’ve taken all of my friends who have come to visit me. They have a very interesting menu, with a Mexican-American flair. Their main thing is burgers – but they’re very elaborate burgers. My favorite thing is the Chicken Adobo Sandwich. It’s just the right amount of spicy and absolutely delicious.
I feel like I have to include L&J on this list because it’s the classic El Paso restaurant. It’s been operating for almost 100 years, so you know it has to be good. I’ve always enjoyed what I’ve had there – but be prepared to wait for a table because this place can get super busy for lunch.
El Prado/Valentines Bakery
Both of these Mexican Bakeries are much more than bakeries. They have my favorite torta’s (Mexican sandwiches) of all time. Their baked goods are also good – conchas, cookies, marranitos. But my favorite is still their lunch. It’s also super affordable. I’ve literally gone into the store and got one of everything I wanted to try, and still spent less than $10. And I’m not a picky eater.
This is one of those places that doesn’t exactly scream El Paso, but it’s very unique. They have a variety of interesting burgers and tacos. Think unusual ingredients like Rabbit and Lamb. It’s definitely different, but always good.
Marina’s German Bakery
Surprisingly, El Paso has a pretty decent sized German community, so there are a few German bakeries to choose from. The one I’ve always gone to is Marina’s. The selection here is totally different (and much more conventional) than the Mexican bakeries you can find on every corner. I really like going here for a change of pace, and to get some uniquely European bakes – pretzels, macaroons, etc.
This is the coffee shop I go to the most – mostly because it’s on my side of town, but also because the employees are always super friendly. They are always quick to give recommendations and they give a military discount. I’m a sucker for a good coffee shop, and this one definitely fits the bill.
Hillside Coffee & Donut Co
Do yourself a favor, go here, and eat an abuelita donut. Or any of their super scrumptious donuts. And obviously coffee, because coffee is in the name, so you can’t really go their without getting coffee. And donuts. Because donut is in the name too. You’re welcome for that nugget of life advice.
Master’s Place Cupcakes
Master’s Place is home to the best cupcakes in El Paso, and maybe the world. They also have a variety of drinks – coffees, teas, lemonades, and milkshakes. I haven’t tried everything, but everything I have tried has been delicious. They always have different specials going on, so you can always get a good deal on a sweet treat.
Kinley’s Coffee & Tea
Kinley’s coffee and teahouse are in two different buildings next to each other. I’ve been to both, but the teahouse is my favorite. If you like boba or bubble tea, then you need to try Kinley’s. They have lots of different flavors and add-ins. It’s right across the street from UTEP, so it’s super convenient for students.
There are plenty of other good, local restaurants in El Paso, but these are the ones that I keep coming back to. I’ve taken friends and family from out of town to many of these, and they’ve always been a big hit, so I hope you enjoy them too!
Let me know if there are any others you would add to this list – I always love trying new things!