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El Paso’s Culinary Trends: 9 Ways to Feed Current Cravings

El Paso is a cultural melting pot which means you can eat your way across the globe within the confines of one city, taking in some iconic dishes along the way. Here’s our pick of the best dishes to seek out in the Sun City.

Anson 11
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Anson 11
303 N. Oregon St.

Anson 11 provides two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the food connoisseur. The Bistro delivers a friendly and inviting atmosphere. The menu is peppered with hearty sandwiches, delicious artisan pizzas and fresh salads. Just one floor up you will find yourself in the lap of luxury where Anson 11’s stellar 5-star service is impeccable. The cuisine is nothing short of extraordinary featuring Foie Gras, Diver Sea Scallops, and Muscovy Duck Breast.

Ardovino's Desert Crossing
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Ardovino's Desert Crossing
1 Ardovino Dr.

Since 1949, Ardovino’s Desert Crossing has provided a unique ambiance. Situated at the base of Mount Cristo Rey, a seat on the windmill patio is nothing short of breathtaking. Innovative cuisine, fresh quality ingredients, and an extensive wine selection demonstrate their passion for diversity and perfection. Make time before or after your meal to relax and unmind at the Mecca Lounge, a throwback to a casual 1950’s lounge. Local art and gambling memorabilia is all part of the appeal.

Café Central
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Café Central
109 N. Oregon St.

Established in 1918, Café Central is situated in the heart of downtown El Paso. Combining innovative taste with 97-year old traditions, this chic downtown bistro offers a diverse selection of inventive flavor pairings and signature dishes. In addition to unforgettable flavor, Café Central was recently awarded Wine Spectator’s ͞Best of Award of Excellence. Original art, restored charm and an ornately gated New Orleans style courtyard make Café Central a favorite amongst the locals.

Coco Miel
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Coco Miel
1515 N. Lee Trevino Dr.

Coco Miel is the definition of fine dining with a warm welcome. This colorful bistro puts out pizzas that are respected for their home-made dough and an over-abundance of toppings. The SalmonSpring and Coco Sink are standouts

Crave Kitchen & Bar
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Crave Kitchen & Bar
300 Cincinnati St.

With three locations throughout the city, there’s always a Crave near you. Traditional comfort foods take on a unique twist and with over 70 beers from around the world and an extensive fine wine selection, Crave is sure to satisfy even the most stubborn of pallets. The Roasted Green Chili Mac and Cheese is a customer favorite but the Fried Chicken and Waffles is not to be missed either.

Steve O's Beer Garden
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Steve O's Beer Garden
12040 Tierra Este Rd., Suite 201

With a menu prepared from scratch daily and a vision for exceptional modern American cuisine, Steve O’s works closely with local vendors to ensure they serve up only the highest standard of ingredients. There’s artistry in the composition of this menu, but you won’t need to analyze it to enjoy it because it’s immediately satisfying. Consistently called out for its premium burgers, the street tacos and sharable starters are not to be underestimated.

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115 Durango St.

According to the New York Times, “Tabla leaves little to be desired…” Not every tapas spot can capture the spirit of the Spanish bar-culinary scene like Tabla. The extensive tapas menu is broken down into cold and hot dishes. Must tries include the Chickpea Fries, Baked Goat Cheese and the Smoked Duck.

Dragonfly Wine & Sushi Bistro
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Dragonfly Wine & Sushi Bistro
5860 N. Mesa St., Suite 133

This upscale Japanese bistro is famous for its exceptional cuts of fish and creative style. Dragonfly focuses their attention on the quality of seafood and the masterfully tempered rice. A must-try for sushi lovers.

Sabertooth Food Co.
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Sabertooth Food Co.
4012 N. Mesa St., Suite B

Sabertooth is a full service, neighborhood restaurant offering a menu that satisfies any craving. They offer fun casual counter service, classic interpretations and exciting twists all in a relaxed setting that fosters an environment of kindness, honesty, and integrity.The intimate atmosphere features an open kitchen surrounded by cozy seating. Their wish is to be a place for everyone to gather. Eating is remembering. Sabertooth wants you, your family and friends to share some of the best memories over our food.

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