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Top Choice Steak in El Paso

Cattleman's Steakhouse

This place is 20 miles east of the city, but local folks would probably drive 200 miles to eat here – the food is good and the scenery is even better. Portions are huge, and for just $6 extra you can share a main an…
Top Choice American in El Paso

Crave Kitchen & Bar

Winning extra points for style – from the cool sign to the cutlery hanging from the ceiling – this hip little eatery serves up creative comfort food: green-chile mac 'n' cheese, juicy burgers with sweet-potato waffl…
Top Choice Coffee in El Paso

Hillside Coffee & Donut

We don't know whether to recommend this place for the iced coffee, the gourmet doughnuts or the welcoming service. How about all three? If you're in west El Paso and need a jolt – from caffeine, sugar or a bright, b…
Top Choice Mexican in El Paso

L&J Cafe

One of El Paso's best-loved Mexican joints, L&J serves up delicious tacos, fajitas and famous green-chile chicken enchiladas – plus a legendary menudo (tripe stew) on weekends. It's next to the historic Concordi…
Top Choice Museum in El Paso

El Paso Museum of Art

This thoroughly enjoyable museum is in a former Greyhound station. They'd want us to brag about their Italian Madonna and Child (c 1200), but the Southwestern art is terrific, and the engaging modern pieces round ou…
Gifts & Souvenirs in El Paso

So El Paso

We shouldn't have sampled that jalapeño-bacon jam – now we want to buy a jar. The jalapeño-pecan brittle was darn good too. The free samples will get you at this welcoming shop, run by a 4th-generation El Pasoan, th…
Park in El Paso

Franklin Mountains State Park

At over 24,000 acres, this is the largest urban park in the US. It's a quick escape from the city to the home of ringtail cats, coyotes and countless other smaller animals and reptiles. There's excellent mountain bi…
Cable Car in El Paso

Wyler Aerial Tramway

Sure, you'd feel a sense of accomplishment if you hiked to the top of the Franklin Mountains. We're not suggesting you take the easy way out (or are we?), but it only takes about four minutes to the top via this gon…
Shoes in El Paso

Rocketbuster Boots

Even if you can’t round up the money ($1100 to $4000!) for a custom pair, make an appointment to visit Rocketbuster Boots and you’ll see what all the fuss is about; owner-designer Nevena Christi will gladly show you…
Microbrewery in El Paso

Ode Brewing Co

The craft-beer scene has been slow to ignite in El Paso, but with the opening of the city's first three microbreweries – all since 2015 – we dare say the scene is on fire. Or maybe smoldering nicely? Ode was first o…