Guilty’s Underrated: Checking out El Paso’s food scene

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EL PASO, TEXAS – JANUARY 19: The skyline of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico is seen on January 19, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. The U.S. government is partially shutdown as President Donald Trump is asking for $5.7 billion to build additional walls along the U.S.-Mexico border and the Democrats oppose the idea. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Can you say”food heaven?”

The Eastside also has great burger joints such as Bold Burgers & Tacos, which shows the foodie world that burgers and tacos can indeed leave together in beautiful harmony. You can’t leave the Eastside without trying Desert Oak Barbecue, which specializes in Central Texas barbecue has been honored by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the best barbecue restaurants in the great state of Texas, and one bite into their succulent barbecue will have you agree with that.

While the Eastside is full of a variety of restaurants the Westside has come into its own as an eating powerhouse. The Westside is home to the most affluent neighborhoods in El Paso, so naturally, this area of town will have a number of more pricer restaurants (although still lower than that in a more known foodie city).

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If you want a place where you can eat well and have a nice drink and a good time, head on North Mesa Street and pay a visit to The Hoppy Monk, a place with a number of great suds and unique, tasty foods such as Rajas Fritas Tacos to go with their bountiful selection of beers. The Westside is also home to some great Mediterranean restaurants, one of which is Salma Farah’s, home to a Texas-sized gyro that you must try.

It may seem as if the east and west sides, along with downtown get all of the love for reviving El Paso’s foodie scene, but you can’t leave out the city culturally fantastic Lower Valley and Northeast, with the former home to the bulk of El Paso’s great mom-and-pop Mexican restaurants such as El Roble on historic Alameda Avenue, and the latter a mix of everything, including being the home of the Edge of Texas, a steakhouse on the Texas/New Mexico border that is a staple of food life in El Paso.

I can’t do a story on El Paso without mentioning the legendary Chico’s Tacos, which are small tacos bathed in a sauce that, depending on your taste buds, you’ll either love or hate. What isn’t up for hate, however, is El Paso’s food scene, which is simply dynamic, with a hint of that southwestern flair.


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So, what’s your favorite place to chow down in El Paso? Let us know!