El Paso does not lack for its own style of Mexican food, but dishes from the interior seem more and more common in the Sun City. Downtown’s Cónico Cocina Mexicana specializes in those less familiar flavors, from slow-cooked pork belly mole from Oaxaca (accompanied by an unexpected pear confit) to aguachile from Sinaloa, offering the freshest shrimp in a quick marinade of lime juice brightened with chiles, onion, and sliced cucumber (it’s tucked into a jicama shell, no plate required). A lighter dish like this could easily be the prelude to excellent red snapper, marinated in chile guajillo, with crispy pork chicharrones alongside smooth guacamole spicy with serrano chile. Elsewhere on the menu you’ll find a wealth of tacos with fillings both familiar and new (try the crispy chapulines, a true interior treat). Incidentally, all the tortillas here are freshly made daily. The perfect dessert, should you have room, is chocolate tamales in cinnamon-rich dark chocolate. Wine lovers will find an inviting list of Mexican vintages.
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Cónico Cocina Mexicana
Explore dishes from Mexico's interior in downtown El Paso.