El Paso

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…