El Paso

Pelican’s

Jul 16, 2017 By Texas Monthly

This longtime neighborhood favorite delivers live music and excellent food.

Eloise

Nov 18, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Tucked into a trendy strip center in Thunderbird Valley, Eloise offers classic cocktails and casual bar eats, as well as more sophisticated fare. Surprisingly, the vegan “menudont” (instead of menudo) was a hearty blend of mixed grains, onions, and hominy traditionally spiced with oregano and crushed red pepper. We also…

Yvonne’s Mexican Grill

Nov 17, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Proprietor Yvonne Loya is looking to bring her fabulous food to the west side, and that will please customers who willingly fight traffic and road construction to get across town for her famously spicy green burritos, chorizo-spiked queso fundido, traditional huevos rancheros, and red or green enchiladas. With a fan…

Café Italia [West]

Nov 16, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Grab a bottle (or two) at nearby Wine Attitude, then make your way to Café Italia, where delicious sourdough-crusted pizzas await. Start with the seasonal wood-roasted vegetables (grown locally, of course); the fennel and eggplant are especially good. Then try the Bianco, a white pizza that boasts mozzarella, ricotta, Parmigiano…

L & J Cafe

Sep 26, 2016 By Texas Monthly

No hole in the wall, L & J continues to grow what was once a small cafe into a sprawling full-service restaurant, updating the decor and taking over the entire adobe building that sidles up next to the city’s famous graveyard. Locals and visitors alike are willing to wait for…

Elements

Sep 12, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The industrial ceiling, gray walls, and granite bar backed by an artsy tiled backsplash let diners know this is no ordinary cafe. Try the excellent tempura-battered calamari, which arrives crispy and tender, or the lobster “popcornet,” a waffle cone studded with popcorn and filled with butter-poached lobster topped with chile…

Salt Box Pours & Provisions

Sep 12, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Sitting on the edge of the Cincinnati Entertainment District, this tiny house oozes originality, from the interior—tricked out with dark paneling, warm red-orange walls, and a built-in wine display framing the open kitchen—to the menu, which lists ambitious fare like a scotch quail egg, the crunchy outside covering sage sausage…

Buddha

Sep 12, 2016 By Texas Monthly

White leather booths and dark wood offset interesting menu items like fish and chips made with tempura-fried shark and house-made yuzu aioli) and Korean short ribs marinated in a spicy sweet sauce and grilled just so. Sushi rolls are prepared to order and—wonder of wonders—do not all include cream cheese.

Ripe Eatery

Aug 15, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Since being sold several years ago, Ripe continues to expand with the addition of a catering service, a private party room, a next-door breakfast/bakery spot (called Ripe Sunrise), and live music on Saturdays. And the menu still delights customers with its freshness. We like the calamari tacos, the tender squid…

Downtowner

Jul 27, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Located on the first floor of the newly opened Hotel Indigo, this hip spot is the brainchild of local restaurateurs John Geske and John Bauer. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the vibrant downtown scene indoors while the interior boasts industrial features like sleek furniture and naked ductwork. Locally sourced ingredients provide the…

Rosco’s Burger Inn

Jun 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Locals, visitors, and dignitaries alike flock to this small, no-frills spot, with its open kitchen, counter and table dining, and friendly service. The menu is simple: burgers come single, double, with or without cheese (green chile sauce available at the table). The meat is ground fresh daily with grilled onions…

Brunch Club

May 24, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Brunch isn’t just for weekends anymore. This new cafe offers up fancy egg dishes, salads, sandwiches, and varied entrées seven days a week. For a twist on the traditional eggs Benedict, try the Rob Benny: poached eggs topping grilled asparagus, smoked pork loin, and savory bread pudding, all covered in…

Corralito Steak House

May 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Tucked into a busy strip center, this location near UTEP is warm and homey, with stone and wood walls, dark wood furniture, and a friendly bar area. Steaks are served with traditional toreados (roasted jalapeños and onions, and many locals wouldn’t dream of enjoying their meal without them. Start with…

Cantina Malolam

Apr 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Warm weather and longer days make this open-air cantina the place to be. Two levels of outdoor patio dining offer sunset vistas (upper) or hacienda-style seating (lower) for enjoying music (live or deejayed) and great eats. An easy drive from downtown, this hot spot focuses on fresh fare like spicy…

Zeke’s Sports Bar & Grill

Mar 23, 2016 By Texas Monthly

With all the earmarks of a traditional sports bar—lots of TVs, a huge projection screen for big games, an impressive beer selection, giant burgers—Zeke’s has become popular among the university crowd. Its semi-round bar has comfortable seating beneath fluorescent beer signs, and the remaining tables offer clear views of all…

4th & Goal Wing House

Mar 23, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Located in the former Three Legged Monkey space, this restaurant is all about family fun and hearty food. TV screens surround long tables laden with the likes of smoky bacon-wrapped jalapeños and extra-large burgers (we like the Border Burger, with roasted green chiles and bacon). Don’t skip the sweet Waffle…

Trattoria Bella Sera

Mar 2, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Daily specials augment a fine menu that feels straight out of Verona. Try the comforting polenta accented with a melty Gorgonzola, then choose a pasta dish from the extensive list or create your own: ours combined fresh linguine with Portofino sauce (like a pesto), artichokes, and house-made salsiccia (which the…

Taqueria el Cometa

Mar 2, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Located in a reviving shopping center, this low-key restaurant is anchored by an impressive salsa bar. Not surprisingly, the menu is loaded with items that are complemented by the variety of freshly made sauces, like the shredded-beef flautas topped with panela cheese and a well-balanced avocado cream sauce and the…

Bogart’s

Mar 2, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Creative new menu items pop up continually, and they’re worth a look (and taste) every time. The snow crab deviled eggs marry the richness of seasoned egg with briny crab meat and fresh basil pesto. As for steaks, we wholeheartedly recommend the bone-in ribeye; aged 28 days, the nutty flavored…

Belle Sucre [East]

Mar 2, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Pastry chef Jonathan Bowden has opened a second bakery, on the city’s east side. Larger than the original store, the new spot has ample seating and a bigger kitchen, with the potential to produce more savory menu items in the future. But today it’s offering the same delicious array of…

Cocteles Mazatlán

Nov 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly

This fun Mexican seafood spot now has a second location, on Zaragosa. Decorated with fishnets, anchors, and other seaside paraphernalia, both locations give you the feel of dining on a beach south of the border. Start with the oysters Rockefeller; they come warm with melted queso fresco, wilted spinach, and…

Tutu’s Burgers

Nov 22, 2015 By Texas Monthly

A bar and nightly live music keep things hopping at this east-side burger joint. Burgers are large enough to share, and the never-frozen, ground-fresh-daily beef and lamb are the best-flavored meat in town. Breakfast burgers include bacon and fried or scrambled eggs atop a juicy patty, and one of our…

Zino’s Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine

Oct 22, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Chef Zino Souikni has expanded and remodeled his west side restaurant to double its original size. Arched doorways, light blue walls, and tiled light fixtures bring a distinctly Greek flavor to the interior. Famous for its fall-off-the-bone osso buco braised in a richly thick red wine sauce, the menu also…

A2Z Cafe

Oct 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

This west side cafe offers service that makes you feel like family; simple decor and lots of windows lets you focus on the fine Lebanese food. Start with the hummus, lemony and fresh with just a touch of garlic. Traditional beef and chicken kebabs are richly flavored and juicy, while…

Nolita Corner Bistro

Sep 24, 2015 By Texas Monthly

This warehouse district restaurant uses the industrial feel to its advantage, with exposed ductwork and support beams, old black and white photos, and large, clean-lined windows for watching the street scene. The menu is equally interesting. It ranges from ginormous double-meat, double-cheese burgers to delicate shrimp scampi to a pile…

Garufa

Sep 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Polished furniture and dark wood floors, accented with brickwork and gold-toned walls, set off paintings of tango dancers set above the doors like religious iconography. Famous for house-made empanadas, Garufa offers seven varieties, including a creamy Roquefort cheese mixed with celery and pecans. Steaks, cooked Argentinean-style on a special imported…