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Best Local Cuisine in El Paso

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Crave Kitchen & Bar

This El Paso spot serves new American comfort food to happy diners. The menu offers variations on American comfort food classics. The beverages are almost as innovative as their dishes and are worth the visit alone, especially in the West Texas heat.

El Paso, TX, United States
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Good Luck Cafe

This homely restaurant is located in the heart of the city and serves traditional Mexican fare as well as tasty burgers and sandwiches. Their cheeseburgers, tacos, and Menudo are especially recommended while everything on the breakfast menu is delicious. The staff of this laid-pack place is very friendly and welcoming and will always treat you like family.

El Paso, TX, United States
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L & J Cafe

L&J Cafe is considered one of the best Mexican food restaurants on the northern side of the border. Around since the 1920s, its throwback retro sign lets visitors know what's in store for them inside, which is simple, unpretentious Mexican food. They are known for their green chile enchiladas and it has been run by the same family for over three generations, so you know the recipes are authentic. Other items on the menu include tacos, burritos, salads, tortas (sandwiches) and specialties like the Chicken Tampiqueña. If you try the enchiladas and like the salsa atop them, don't forget to ask your server for a can of the stuff in green or red.

El Paso, TX, United States
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Chico's Tacos

This local Mexican/American fast-food joint with several locations in the El Paso area is known for its three flautas (rolled tacos) draped in cheddar cheese and drenched in a semi-spicy tomato sauce. Chicos is not in the least pretentious, in fact every menu item is meant to be less than gourmet and calorie-laden, however that's part of the fun. Another unorthodox menu item is their round hot-dog served on a hamburger bun and the crinkle-cut fries are definitely better than most fast-food places.

El Paso, TX, United States
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Kiki's Mexican Restaurant

Kiki's Mexican Restaurant is a no-frills, typical Southwest spot that serves massive portions of mediocre Tex-Mex at great prices. Inside, the decor is a bit dated, however the staff usually makes up for the anachronistic ambiance with their staid charm. Nonetheless, the prices are perfect for groups, try the Crab Enchiladas, the Fajitas or the Machaca (shredded beef) plates, they are big enough for two or three. At Kiki's most people can eat a tremendous amount of food without breaking the bank and since the place is quite small, it tends to fill up pretty quick during lunch and dinner.

El Paso, TX, United States
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Los Bandidos de Carlos & Mickey's

A friendly, family-owned dining establishment, Carlos & Mickey's provides customers with stomach-satisfying authentic Mexican Cuisine, with a touch of Tex-Mex flavor as well. They boast an expansive menu full of well-prepared items, like their tasty tacos with pork, tender tamales and mouth-watering green enchiladas with zesty cheese sauce. C&M also has quality margaritas and a full bar, along with hip-shaking live music from Thursday through the weekend. Be forewarned, this is no hidden gem; this place is very popular and often packed on the weekends.

El Paso, TX, United States
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Avila's Mexican Food

The family-run Avila's has been winning locals' praise for many years, and it's easy to see why. From the reserved decor to the friendly customer service, Avila's serves up quality, crowd-pleasing Mexican fare. The snappy chile con queso is a particular favorite, but everything, from the sopapilla to the tampiquena reeks of good cooking. A perfect venue for family and work friends alike.

El Paso, TX, United States
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The New Clock

The New Clock is an unpretentious restaurant that serves traditional Mexican fare. This eatery is popular among both locals and tourists and that says a lot about the quality of food and service. On the menu are treats like tacos, nachos, enchiladas, huevos rancheros and machaca accompanied by tasty homemade salsa and dips. The restaurant is minimalistic and has a homely and cozy ambiance with friendly staff always on hand.

El Paso, TX, United States
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Pepe's Tamales

Mexican food is all about the bold flavors, spicy peppers, and colorful ingredients, Pepe's Tamales has it all. Located in the Stonehaven district of El Paso, this restaurant specializes in Tamales, that's basically all they do, but they do it like nobody else can. The fillings include chicken and pork combined with your choice of green chile, red chile or sweet sauce and cheese. On weekends they also serve Menudo and Champurrado, traditional Mexican delicacies. The prices are cheap and the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming.

El Paso, TX, United States
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