The Big Bend Sentinel is the best newspaper in this big West Texas region and also home to one of the best breakfast and lunch joints. In the front of the little white adobe building you can buy Sentinel merch like hats, shirts, and bandanas (“Print is not dead”) as well as jewelry, incense, and books on the art of Donald Judd (the late New Yorker turned Texan who arguably made Marfa Marfa). The spacious main room, which was once a funeral home and later a bar, is now a restaurant (the paper’s office is to the side). The kitchen turns out some of the best Mexican food in town at both breakfast and lunch, with offerings ranging from breakfast tacos to a steak torta (on a bolillo with potato chips). The spicy chicken pozole—a soup/stew full of chunks of meat and squash—was some of the best we’ve ever had. The green enchiladas tasted homemade and the rice was perfectly textured, neither dry nor clumpy. If you come by in the morning, you’ll find the coffee bar hopping—cappuccino, espresso, lattes, matcha lattes. By midday it is also selling ranch water and cocktails. Grab a locally made cake—a clementine or pear torte—and a copy of the Sentinel. This is the perfect place to relax and see what, if anything, is going on in Marfa and environs.
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Marfa's excellent newspaper also runs a killer coffee shop and cafe.