El Paso

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…

Mesa Street Grill

Jun 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Having thrived since moving to its new location several years ago, Mesa Street is adding new menu items to keep things fresh. The Fred Flintstone–size short rib, a slab of tender beef on the bone nestled in creamy mashed potatoes, boasts hints of garlic and fresh herbs. The equally tasty,…

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…