The Hoppy Monk is a pub and restaurant that pays homage to those brewers from the Cistercian Order, better known as the Trappists. Although the menu is stacked with beers from Belgium, the Hoppy Monk not only features beers from this region, they have almost every style, from Lambic to Lager, it's likely to be here. In addition to suds, the Monk also serves food, where the menu has better-than-average pub grub at an awesome price.
Pot au Feu is a nice change of pace in what seems to be a incessant amount of Tex-Mex options in the area. The kitchen here does not necessarily focus on French food despite the name, because there are internationally-inspired dishes as well as Steak Frites and the beef stew or Pot au Feu. During their brunch service, the seasonal menu is always a hit and it's probably the best time to come if you're looking to match price and portion.
Ripe is just what El Paso needs, a restaurant that focuses on innovative recipes and a place where guests rarely run into Tex-Mex ingredients on the menu. If they do, the plates still make this Southwest style shine in a different way. The restaurant is a brother/sister establishment that was founded in 2007 and they present three service times, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner. Each menu has their wonderful burgers with beef sourced from Bakka Ranch along with many other tasty choices. Happy Hour from 3-6pm includes 3USD off appetizers and 1/2 off glasses of wine, overall a nice place to visit off-the-beaten New American path.
This quasi famous cantina located near the border of New Mexico is most famous for its association with Marty Robbins, the country singer known for his song 'El Paso' in which he mentions it. Upon first glance it doesn't appear to be much, however the food and cold beer inside make up for it. So sit back, listen to the Marty Robbins song at least once, sip your Lone Star and enjoy.
El Paso is not necessarily known for its variety of cuisine, however this Korean establishment located near the airport is a welcome addition to the usual routine. Every meal comes with the ubiquitous Ban Chan or small appetizers that range from the spicy, sour Kimchi to the sweet Japchae noodles, so bring your appetite. The prices are reasonable and since the place is usually packed with locals, it usually helps to come in early.
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.
Tabla is an trendy, hip modern bistro that focuses on small plates or tapas to the delight of El Paso denizens. Simplicity and complexity rule the roost here and the melange of simple, yet effective ingredients only establishes this place as one to visit. On the extensive menu, you'll find interesting twists on traditional Spanish tapas, like the 'Patatas Bravas' come with an aioli instead of a tomato sauce or the 'Pinxtos' come with pork and Piquillo peppers in lieu of classic salmon and cream cheese. Another benefit is that its location downtown gives Tabla the ideal spot to start out or finish the evening when visiting attractions or attending events nearby.
The Tap is the quintessential dive bar and restaurant, with cheap food, drinks and a loud jukebox, it doesn't get any more authentic than this. The place is filled with locals and regulars but the bartender treats even new customers like family. The interior transports guests to what seems like 1994, but most come in for the low prices. Expect a mixed crowd, from business folk to hipsters and tourists.
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.
Affectionately known as G2, Geogeske is the place to go when you want comfort food just like mom used to make, albeit with a modern twist in the kitchen. The menu is long, it's four pages of everything but the kitchen sink, from sashimi and guacamole to beef tenderloin and barbecue chicken, there is something for everyone. The wine list is just as varied, with varietals from Argentina to Germany, ask your waiter for pairings when you order your meal. Geogeske is also located in the historic Kern Place district of El Paso, so after or before your dinner, there's the added benefit of taking a tour around the stately homes.
Nour Mediterranean Cafe is a quaint, family-run Lebanese restaurant that serves pita, schwarma, falafel and what locals say is the best hummus in town. The dishes shine on all fronts, from the grape dolmeh appetizers to their 'Family Meal', which is a massive platter of different meats, vegetables, falafel and pita that can feed up to six people. One of the best things about Nour is their signature sauce, it is a delightful melange of garlic, cilantro, lime and raw potato! Overall, it is a great place to bring the family or if you are with a large group.