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With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, El Paso is known as a haven for outdoor recreationists and nature lovers, but the city's zest for adventure encompasses every aspect of living — especially the kind that comes on a plate. From sizzling fajitas and traditional tamales to spicy barbecue and perfectly grilled steak, El Paso — the culinary crossroads for Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Southwestern cuisine — can cure any craving and challenge even the most daring of foodies.
You'll love discovering the city's varied and delicious dining options, which include down-home diners, white-tablecloth meals, and international menus like Asian, Italian, French, and more. Who knows, you might even discover a small eatery off the beaten path — full of locals — serving the best cheese enchiladas you've ever had.
Just across the northern border in New Mexico you'll find even more tasty bites, such as chiles rellenos, stacked enchiladas, and carne adovada, all typically served with a healthy dose of red or green chile. (If you're feeling festive, ask for both, or as locals call it, "Christmas.")
Complete dinner with a glass of local red or white wine, or opt for any number of interpretations of the classic margarita. Find a cozy table or patio spot with sunset views, sip on something smooth, and enjoy the city's rich cuisine — which, some might say, is the key to El Paso's heart.
Did You Know?
Although there are many tales behind the margarita's origins, local legend has it that the tequila-based libation was first concocted just across the border from El Paso in Ciudad Juárez.
The city is also situated near the oldest wine-growing region in the United States — New Mexico. Franciscan monks reportedly smuggled grape cuttings from Spain into the New World and planted the country's first vineyards in 1629. By 1884, New Mexico ranked fifth in the nation for wine production, and several vineyards within a day's drive of El Paso offer unique wine-tasting experiences and settings.