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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.
When it comes to the old-American favorite burgers, few other places can match what Border Burger Bar has to offer. A laid-back eatery, filled with cozy yet exciting atmosphere, this is the place to be for an enjoyable snack with friends and family. Known for its meat-stuffed, sizable burgers, if there's one thing you can be sure of, it's that you will get your money's worth at thus spot. Everything that gets served here is made to order by seasoned chefs, so one can expect nothing short of a succulent, palate-pleasing treat from this fine restaurant.
A one of-a-kind restaurant and bar, Track One serves some of the finest food in the neighborhood. Set inside former train carriages, everything about this spot is unique, from its decor to its innovative food and drinks menu. Featuring a blend of classic and modern American favorites, there's plenty that will tingle your taste buds at this fine spot. Do try the signature buffalo wings, burgers and burritos, while the sandwiches, steaks and salads are also well-worth a shot. While the food may be impressive, the experience wouldn't be complete without a shot of one of their signature cocktails. Its innovative daiquiris, mimosas and martinis simply can't be missed.
It seems that wood-fired pizza is the way-to-go if you want your restaurant to be ultra-successful, and by the looks of the crowded tables at this restaurant, it appears the owners are doing something right. The menu is simple, as there are only a few items per category, but each option is made with care and the best ingredients. In fact, the kitchen even makes its own handmade mozzarella. The pizzas are equally uncomplicated, the Marinara and Margherita have less than four ingredients and the 'Smoked' just has bell pepper, fennel sausage and smoked mozzarella. One other benefit is that the restaurant allows guests to bring-your-own-bottle; this only adds to the reasons why you should come here.
Give your palate a break from the regular and head to Zino's Greek & Mediterranean for a shot of authentic yet scrumptious Mediterranean fare. The moment you set foot into this restaurant, its chic decor and cozy ambiance sets the tone for a laid-back, yet enjoyable meal with friends and family. Put together using classic recipes and techniques, the food served here is reminiscent of what one would find in a traditional Greek household. From the signature mezze, gyro and salads, to the Rosemary chicken, Moussaka and grilled salmon, everything on the menu is packed with flavor, that keeps you coming back for more.
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.
This local institution has four different locations in the city and it is the go-to option for Italian subs, pizza and calzones. The chefs create many different types of pies, some of the gourmet options include Salmon & Fennel, Canadian Bacon & Smoked Oysters or of course you can create your own. The portions are great and although the items may be a bit on the pricier side, the homey ambiance of Chianti bottles on the walls with the traditional straw baskets and delicious ingredients prepared in the kitchen merit some of this.
This restaurant is located several miles from downtown, but it's extremely convenient if you're staying near the El Paso Airport. The original location was in nearby Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, but in 1981 the family-owned business decided to move over the border to its present spot. The menu has typical Mexican dishes like guacamole, quesadillas, tacos, tostadas and a few specialty plates like Cochinita Pibil (roasted pork made with achiote and citrus) or the Chicken Mole Poblano. The prices are amazingly low for the amount of food and service is always prompt, overall a nice place to stretch your cash.