El Paso's Best Places to Eat

El Paso's restaurants feature food styles from around the world

By Braxton Shoop on May 10, 2014 at 6:00 am EST
Craze Yogurt Lounge in El Paso, TX

PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Ordoñez

El Paso residents looking for quality and variety are nearly spoiled with choices here, with a thriving food scene that includes many local restaurants as well as popular chains.


Open more than 25 years, Kiki's Mexican Restaurant carries favorites like Machaca, Caldillo, Queso and Chile Colorado. Other Mexi-food hotspots include L & J Cafe, Good Luck Cafe, and the El Taco Tote chain, which started in Juarez and now has three restaurants in El Paso.


Cattleman's Steakhouse in Fabens and Billy Crews in Santa Teresa, N.M. offer great sizzling steaks, and Great American Land & Cattle has been grilling seasoned steaks since 1996. Founded in 1976, Cattle Baron Restaurants grill several specialty steaks, such as Steak New Mexico, Peppered Steak and Chicken Fried Steak.

Seafood and More

Sunny's Sushi, Steak & Seafood House specializes in Asian cuisine for lunch and dinner, and its talented chefs can make any custom sushi roll requested. Landry's Seafood House is a chain that has served traditional Gulf Coast cuisine since 1947. Its extensive menu includes several Gulf favorites, among them gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish etouffée.

Coffee and Sweets

Craze offers self-serve frozen yogurts, while Kinley's House Coffee & Teas serves espressos, specialty teas and numerous lunch items. Known for its coffee and doughnuts, Krispy Kreme also offers bagels, shakes and sundaes. Coldstone Creamery carries signature ice creams, cakes, shakes and smoothies, while Einstein Bros. Bagels serves fresh bagels, breakfast and lunch options, and several kinds of coffees, espressos and smoothies.

Fine Dining

Anson11’s elegant dining area complements such specialty items as Roasted Sliced Leg of Lamb, Scottish Salmon and Wood Oven Roasted Chicken. Mesa Street Grill features an upscale ambiance couched in a home-style setting. Its extensive menu includes signature dishes like Mandy’s Salmon, Delmonico Ribeye, and Shrimp Pasta. Dominic’s Italian Restaurant has a sophisticated atmosphere and a menu that boasts items like Oysters Rockefeller, Sautéed Calamari and Capriccio.

Other Local Favorites

Good food is always on the front burner at Thyme Matters, The Pizza Joint and The Garden, the latter tucked in the heart of El Paso's Union Plaza Entertainment District. Chi-Town Bar-B-Que at Fort Bliss creates slow-cooked, pit-smoked Chicago-style barbecued ribs and brisket. Be sure to sample the empanadas and humita cheese dishes at Garufa Argentinean Restaurant.

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