7 Flavors of El Paso: A Foodie’s Short Guide
7 Flavors of El Paso: A Foodie’s Short Guide

A large portion of El Paso’s beauty lies within its delicious variety of food, drinks, and treats. While the Sun City is nationally known for its excellent Mexican cuisine, a wide assortment of options can be found to fit any appetite and budget. If you’re a foodie in constant search for something new, there’s a restaurant to satisfy your cravings around every corner of El Paso. Take a seat and let’s dig in to just a few of the new and long-established restaurants that play a part in the Sun City’s food scene.

1. El Charlatan: Taqueria y Ramen-Ya
Located just a few minutes outside of El Paso city limits, El Charlatan in Socorro, Texas, is one of the area’s newest establishments, run by owner and Executive Chef Enrique Lozano. El Charlatan is a Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant specializing in ramen, tacos, homemade tortillas, pork belly bao, and more. Since its debut in October 2022, the restaurant has received regional and national recognition, with a feature in Texas Monthly, and Chef Lozano becoming a semi-finalist for a James Beard “Outstanding Chef” award.

Reservations are encouraged!
10180 Socorro Rd.
Socorro, TX 79927
Tuesday – Saturday: 3pm – 9pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Closed Mondays

2. The Grove

The Grove Brunch Cafe has two locations in El Paso, offering guests signature mimosas and cocktails, sandwiches, pizza, an extravagant selection of brunch staples and plenty more creative dishes. Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner at The Grove while sitting either indoors or outside on the patio. Guests of all ages are welcome!

Westside: 7470 Cimarron Market, Building 7, Suite 200
Eastside: 12040 Tierra Este Rd, Building B, Suite 201
Sunday – Saturday: 8am – 9pm

3. Desert Oak Barbecue
Texas barbecue is alive and thriving in El Paso. With its first introduction to the city in 2015 as a small food truck, Desert Oak has become one of El Paso’s best-known spots for mouth-watering smoked brisket, pork ribs, sandwiches, stuffed potatoes, and traditional BBQ sides. Bring along friends, family, or dine solo at their Cowtown location, off I-10, where you will find a full bar, spacious seating, and the smoking pits. Visit Desert Oak’s sister location, El Paso Potato Company, in Far East El Paso, to enjoy their signature smoked meats atop a loaded baked potato, in a burrito or in a bowl!

11411 Gateway Blvd. W
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm

El Paso Potato Company:
3589 Rich Beem, Suite 101
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm

4. Los Bandidos De Carlos and Mickey’s

Grab a table, or a seat at the bar, to enjoy the sensational food and vibrant atmosphere of Carlos and Mickey’s in Central El Paso. Well known for their “Texas-sized” margaritas, live music, and eclectic décor, this restaurant is home to an impressive menu specializing in Mexican meals and drinks. Make room for a main course of chile rellenos, tampiquena steak, or a bowl of tortilla soup. Don’t forget to end the night on a sweet note with an order of sopapillas or homemade flan.

Central: 1310 Magruder St.
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm

Eastside: 1211 Montwood Dr.
Sunday – Saturday 11am – 9pm

5. Piedmont Cafe
Both a restaurant and a well-stocked bar, Piedmont Cafe is a special eatery in West El Paso. Established in 2019, Piedmont features all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner options, coffee, and pastries. Menu items include gold pad thai noodles, matcha buckwheat pancakes, falafel mezze, and many others. Vegan and vegetarian options are available for most meals, just ask upon request. Pair any dish with a draft beer, glass of wine, or an iced beverage of your choice.

4172 N Mesa
Sunday – Tuesday: 11am – 3pm
Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm

6. Ardovino’s Pizza
With over 60 years in business, Ardovino’s is a classic El Paso landmark, with several locations across the city. House favorite pizzas include The Joanna’s, Royal, Four Season, and Woody – each a delectable creation of specialty toppings, sauces, and ingredients. The menu doesn’t stop at pizzas; enjoy a Garden Green or Antipasto salad for a lighter bite, a hot sandwich or vegetarian meal. Their open-air patios and private dining rooms are the perfect spots for family celebrations and business gatherings.

Central: 206 Cincinnati Ave.
West: 865 N Resler Dr.
East: 1879 N Zaragoza Rd.
Northeast: 11100 Sean Haggerty Dr.
Upper Valley: 145 East Sunset Rd.

All Location Hours
Sunday: 11:30am – 8pm
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm

7. Weirdoughs Bakery & Cafe
As an award-winning bakery, Weirdoughs is a delicious bakery relatively new to El Paso, whose baked treats are imaginative, unique, and sweet. From donuts, pastries, cakes, and drinks, Weirdoughs’ menu is one to explore. Some donut flavors are seasonal, but you’re always welcome to order an Old Fashioned, brownies, macarons, or a jumbo cupcake. Owners Andrea Andujo and Bianca Owens are committed to serving only fresh, made-from-scratch pastries and drinks.

2900 N Mesa, Suite C
Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm
Friday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm

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