It's a hole in the wall in a frankly questionable neighborhood, yet as everywhere in El Paso, good Mexican food awaits at la Poblana. I had carnitas tacos for lunch, and they were dynamite. Really tasty.
While the name threw me off, and the location by the airport seems a bit sketchy, one sip of C&M's award-winning margaritas made everything better. I had a bit of an odd experience here. In El Paso for business, I was doing the typically businessman thing: eating alone. They persuaded me to eat in the bar, which I did, although the low light kept me from reading (which people who eat alone do to compensate for being ignored and forgotten -- it's sort of an "I don't care, I'm reading" reflex).
Anyway, the bar was dimly lit by neon signs and a big screen TV showing CNBC, while a terrible two-person Mexican lounge act played "Margaritaville" in the corner. The couple at the table next to me kept sending back their drinks, one after another. This one smells funny, that one has a spot on the glass, this one is flat, that one is gin, not vodka. The whole thing was laughably bizarre.
Favorite Dish: But again, C&M's ensured that I would give it a thumbs up, thanks to a truly stupendous tampiqueno. Perfectly grilled steak covered with onions, peppers and guacamole, accompanied by a gloriosuly simple chesse enchilada. A taste sensation even your Tia Maria would have a hard time denouncing!
If you have to be in El Paso, then take the opportunity to visit the best local greasy spoon. Try these rolled beef tacos in a secret sauce, smothered in cheese! They are a local legend.
Favorite Dish: Double order of tacos
If you think of Texas, you think of beef. However, if you think of El Paso, you have to think of Mexican as well. So I have two restaurants - a steak house and a Mexican restaurant.
The Cattle Baron is a nice mid-market steak house. And Marie's Pastries & Bake is a small Mexican Restaurant.
The Cattle Baron is relatively inexpensive for what you get (compared with like restaurants in the US). They have an warm atmosphere which is similar to an old west cattle baron's house.
Marie's is a low cost fair who regularly has soliders from Fort Bliss eating their for lunch so arrive early. There's not much I can say about the atmosphere as you're not paying for it - just the food.
Favorite Dish: The Cattle Baron (as the name implies) does beef and they do beef well. However, they also have a massive salad bar and the selection was impressive. You can't go wrong with any of their entries because they all include either a Ceaser salad or the salad bar. Their salad bar has everything from stawberries and cream to fresh peppers.
As for Marie's, you'll find real Mexican food on the menu - nothing like Taco Bell. I had their $4 lunch special which includes a little of everything and its all you can eat. Just watch that green salsa - its HOT!
Chihuahua Charlie's This grill and bar on the other side of the border is a landmark for residents and tourists alike. Chihuahua Charlie's is a fun place in Juarez, Mexico, to eat or to have a few drinks. Once you've been there, you always want to go back. The waiters are energetic, the atmosphere is bright, and the menu and walls poke fun at the staff and customers. Mexican food, seafood, salads, steaks, etc.--you name it, they have it, and they prepare it right. Open seven days a week from breakfast until late in the evening with live music on Sat. and Sun. Located at P.T. de la Republica No. 2525 (on the Trolley route), call (01152) 13-17-80
Unique Qualities: Voted one of the TOP TEN restaurants in
Texas by the readers of Texas Highways Magazine twice!
'Best Steak in El Paso' by El Paso Times readers - Every
Year 'Best Steak in the Country' said Michael Stern in People Magazine, July 16,
1983 Cattleman's is a large, family-style restaurant on a working ranch.
Western atmosphere, miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! Stay and
visit, you'll also find:
Children's Playground Buffalo
Longhorns and much, much
Favorite Dish: Favorite Restaurant: Cattleman's Steak House
Favorite Menu Item: BBQ-BEEF-RIBS mesquite smoked,
while they last for a starter THE WAGON MASTER A 1 1/4
Pound T-Bone Club Steak, very little filet
PLEASE NOTE: Our
T-Bone Steaks do not have the 7' or 8' 'tail' of fat and gristle!
Apple Pie baked fresh daily
This really hard as there are so many types of food, Mexican; Tex-Mex and New Mexico style, German, Italian, Chinese, Steak, and more. State Line which serves steak, Bar-b-que and some Mexican is great. There is a small out of the way authenic 'whole-n-the-wall' type place called Mundo's which is very good.
the price is medium low but it is as close to the neighborhood mom and pop places that I have found. It is family run and a favorite of locals. it has msotly 'salsa music' and tile floors. This is not a fine dining experience but a good idea of what the tradional daily Mexican food realy is.
Favorite Dish: chicken enchiladas
You pretty well know what to expect at a Denny's and this one had the usual food. If you normally like Denny's you will like this one, if not. . . The waitress was above average.
I'm not much of a restaurant eater. Fast food is the norm most times. So my favorite is 'Peter Piper Pizza'.
Always special deals and has gaming for kids to keep busy.
Favorite Dish: Single topping Pepperoni Pizza.