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What the Locals Love: 10 Things El Pasoans Love

Looking to immerse yourself in what El Paso is really about? Look no further, here is your guide to what the locals love and where to find them at any given time of the day.

Breakfast Machaca at Kiki's Restaurant & Bar
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Breakfast Machaca at Kiki's Restaurant & Bar
2719 N. Piedras
915-565-6713 

This local dive saturates the air with an old-school vibe and offers some of the best Machaca in El Paso. This traditional dish has just enough bite to jump start your day! Falling victim to the crab enchiladas or chicken mole is also pretty typical at Kiki’s.

Downtown Artist & Farmers Market
Downtown Artist & Farmers Market
117 Anthony St.
915-212-1780 

On any given Saturday, Anthony St. transforms into a busy thoroughfare bustling with yoga classes, wellness workshops, cooking classes, kids crafts, and more. Local and regional growers come together to provide the community with some of the freshest eats in town. Don’t look too far for that perfect gift, the market offers a plethora of handmade arts and crafts as well.

Late Night Grub at Chico's Tacos
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Late Night Grub at Chico's Tacos
1365 George Dieter Dr.
915-592-8484 
 

Open late (really late), Chico’s Tacos is an El Paso staple when it comes to dining after dark. Around since 1953, Chico’s has served up an uncountable amount of singles and doubles. Drenched in red sauced and smothered in cheese, these tacos wont compare to anything you’ve ever had!

San Jacinto Plaza
San Jacinto Plaza
114 W. Mills Ave.
915-212-0092 
 

Situated in the heart of downtown, this historic park is home to the restored Los Lagartos public art sculpture and offers friends and families a place to relax and relish. A splash pad, chess games, ping pong tables and a horseshoe court offer hours of entertainment for all. With a number of great options available at the La Placita Café, ice cold cucumber lemonade and their most popular snack, corn in a cup make for a typical day in downtown El Paso.

Nachos at The Tap
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Nachos at The Tap
408 E. San Antonio Ave.
915-532-1848 
 

Known to El Pasoans as one of the city’s favorite dive bars, The Tap is made famous for their nachos. Made fresh and covered in white queso and homemade salsa, these nachos top the list of 21 Best Nachos In America. Whipping up some of the best grub in town, The Tap is where locals alike gather regularly for their fix of good eats and $2 drafts.

McKelligon Canyon
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McKelligon Canyon
McKelligon Canyon Rd.
915-534-0600 
 

Nestled on the south eastern side of the Franklin Mountains and surrounded by desert canyon walls, McKelligon Canyon is a popular destination any day of the week. For those looking to take their outdoor fitness to the next level, McKelligon Canyon provides that challenge. Populated with the men and women of Ft. Bliss, this well-known road is where those looking to get their blood pumping congregate.

Margaritas at Carlos & Mickey's
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Margaritas at Carlos & Mickey's
1310 Magruder St.
915-778-3323 

A lively atmosphere, oversized margaritas and mariachis are the norm at Carlos & Mickeys. Voted El Paso’s Best Margarita by the locals themselves, this energetic hot spot is renowned for its Texas sized margaritas. These bigger-than-your-head margaritas pack a real punch so much that the restaurant limits visitors to just two. With a variety of flavors to choose from, picking the perfect rita will be the least of your worries at Carlos & Mickeys!

Sun Up, Sun Down at Scenic Drive
Sun Up, Sun Down at Scenic Drive
Rim Rd.
915-534-0600 
 

An El Paso staple, Scenic Drive is where residents go for a breathtaking view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Take the winding road to the flag poles where Murchison Park is situated. The park offers viewfinders but most will say that the best view of the sunrise/sunset if from the hood of your car so pop a squat and enjoy the view. The road is closed off to motorist every Sunday offering visitors a safe haven for walking, running, biking, and just about anything not motorized.

Family Dinner at Cattleman's Steakhouse
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Family Dinner at Cattleman's Steakhouse
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd.
915-544-3200 

Great steaks, family style beans, slaw and bread set the stage for a unique family dinner. Set on a real working ranch, Cattleman’s is not just a place to feed your family, it’s where peacocks roam free, buffalo and horses fill stables and hayrides tour the grounds. Don’t forget your camera for colors are vivid and the vistas are endless at Cattleman’s.

Sunday Picnic at Zin Valle Vineyards
Sunday Picnic at Zin Valle Vineyards
7315 Canutillo La Union Rd.
915-877-4544 

Feed that Sunday Funday craze at Zin Valle Vineyards. Families flock to this locally owned and operated vineyard on Sundays for live music and great wine. Pack a picnic and join the local residents as they unwind under the warm southwestern sun.


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