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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 an entree…
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 Madonna and Child (c 1200), but the Southwestern art is terrific, and the engaging modern pieces round out the co…
Top Choice Tapas in El Paso


Get ready to share all sorts of awesomeness. The small plates here fuse Spanish classics with the flavors of the Southwest in mouthwatering combos like short rib and blue cheese croquettes, grilled octopus with chim…
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 take a gondola to th…
Mexican in El Paso

H&H Coffee Shop

It doesn't look like much, but sometimes good things come in weird packages. This hole in the wall – which, curiously, is attached to a car wash – is a well-known breakfast hangout that's authentic and friendly.
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 on weekends. It's next to the historic Concordia Cemetery, a…
Museum in El Paso

El Paso Museum of History

This museum has a shiny new location in the heart of the downtown museum district. It's not huge and sometimes there seems to be a lot of reading, but it's an easy stop-off if you're already at the Museum of Art.
Museum in El Paso

El Paso Holocaust Museum

It may seem a little anachronistic in a predominately Hispanic town, but the Holocaust Museum is as much a surprise inside as out for its thoughtful and moving exhibits that are imaginatively presented for maximum i…
Historic Building in El Paso

Magoffin Home

One of Texas' best-kept secrets, this El Paso landmark was built in 1875 for Joseph Magoffin, an early El Paso politician and businessman. With 4ft-thick adobe walls and many original furnishings, the home is a fine…
Museum in El Paso

US Army Air Defense Artillery Museum

The US Army Air Defense Artillery Museum is the only one of its kind in the US. Its exhibits focus on the history of air defense artillery since 1917, including an outdoor weapons park.