Trip Ideas

2017 08 15

Guide to Central El Paso District

Central El Paso is home to some of the cities most historic homes and neighborhoods. Located in the heart of the city, the district is now a thriving urban community with an abundance of new restaurants and shops.

A Regional Culinary Icon:  Kiki's
A Regional Culinary Icon: Kiki's
2719 N. Piedras
915-565-6713 

If you have an insatiable hunger that can’t be tamed, Kiki’s is your spot. With the mountainous backdrop in the distance, this El Paso classic is a living piece of history, and a tasty one at that. Dine on any of their dishes and you will be hooked. This addiction is one I can personally attest to. There is a reason that celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez calls it the best machaca plate in the country.

Modern Twist on Timeless Fundamentals:  Salt & Honey Cafe
Modern Twist on Timeless Fundamentals: Salt & Honey Cafe
801 N. Piedras
915-313-4907 

Salt and Honey Café offers up a new concept in the up-and-coming historic area. Serving up fresh fare and strong coffee in an awning interior. Mixing design fundamentals and features, the food isn’t the only Instagram worthy picture.

A Comfy Night Out:  Living Room Lounge
A Comfy Night Out: Living Room Lounge
2310 N. Piedras
915-540-0306 
 

Can’t decide if you want to go out for drinks or stay in? Well, you can do both thanks to the Living Room Bar. As you might guess, the interior of this drinking establishment mirrors a rustic living room. But don’t be fooled by the homey vibe, the menu has plenty of upscale options and the crowd tends to be quite trendy.

Pizza Meets Pub:  1/8 Pizza Pub
Pizza Meets Pub: 1/8 Pizza Pub
830 N. Piedras
915-345-1814 
 

The 1/8 Pizza Pub is just what it sounds like: a mouthwatering meeting of pizza and booz, a hedonist’s’ dream. And it’s not just a cheap thrill, the pizza is done really well. The crust and cheese compliment the rich flavors, not the other way around.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth:  Gussie's Tamales & Bakery
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Gussie's Tamales & Bakery
2200 N. Piedras
915-566-8209 

If it’s your first time in the Borderland, you need to try pan dulce—the umbrella term for Mexican pastries. There’s no better place than Gussie’s Tamales & Bakery, a family owned establishment that’s got the sugary delicacies down to a science. The tamales are really good too.


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