El Paso, TX Mixes Wine with Fine Food
Wine bars are winning over the crowd in El Paso. While wine is the clear star of the menu, some places like Divino Wine Bar are earning recognition for their food as well. Divino's, which features a menu designed to compliment its impressive wine list, offers appetizers, salads, paninis and pizzas. Also setting it apart from other restaurants of its kind are its décor, which includes both tables and couches, and its offering of live music Thursdays through Saturdays. Nofish also relies on wine to draw its crowds. While it does offer a small menu of salads and appetizers, the spotlight remains on the many pages of wine and beer the restaurant offers.
Of course, El Paso serves up its fair share of food as well. Cafe Italia specializes in brick-oven pizza, with a menu that changes seasonally. The majority of menu items are cooked in the restaurant's own brick oven, while homemade mozzarella cheese is produced daily. Another El Paso favorite is Cafe Central, which originated in 1918 in Juarez, Mexico. The restaurant eventually made its way across the border and now resides permanently in El Paso. The seasonal menu with a southwest spin features both surf and turf specialties.
Ripe Eatery is a brother and sister owned restaurant known for its cozy atmosphere and quality food. The siblings set out to produce “extremely approachable, and affordable, global cuisine,” and Ripe has since earned a reputation for just that. The restaurant has separate brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Items range from fresh salads and warm paninis, to comfort food like meatloaf and chicken fried chicken.
Whether your craving be wine or food, El Paso's got the right combination to satisfy you.