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Mexican in El Paso near airport

There aren't a lot of good Mexican places near the airport but like Jim M stated, Rainbow Fountain is a good option that is close to the airport. BTW, Valentine's Kitchen moved downtown.

Oct 25, 2012
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high-end Mexican in El Paso?

I am so glad that you enjoyed your time in EP!! It's just too bad that you did not get to try the menudo at Lucky.

Mar 07, 2012
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high-end Mexican in El Paso?

So how was your trip? What places did you end up going to?

Mar 05, 2012
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high-end Mexican in El Paso?

Hmmmm....Carnitas

Mar 03, 2012
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high-end Mexican in El Paso?

I was indeed. I was not a fan of the one in EP but the one in Juarez is waaaaay better, did you ever try the one over there?

As for the restaurants that have moved over to EP from Juarez... well most of them do not compare to the originals; Garufa and Crisostomo are the exception.

He should be fine going into Juarez as long as he is careful.

Mar 01, 2012
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high-end Mexican in El Paso?

¡ Pues suerte amigo! Ahí me platicas como te fue. Y si necesitas alguna otra cosa me avisas.

I almost forgot:

Los Arcos:Paseo triunfo de la republica No. 2220Col. Partido Romero http://www.restaurantlosarcos.com.mx/en/

Maria Chuchena: Blvd.Tomas Fernandez 7818-1
http://www.mariachuchena.com/contact....

Feb 28, 2012
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high-end Mexican in El Paso?

You will find some restaurants along Avenida Juarez after crossing the Santa Fe Bridge but avoid these and go straight to the Mercado Reforma (15 min walk approx.from bridge) which is right next to the Plaza de Armas right by the Cathedral; I haven't been here in a while so I couldn't tell you which stands to check out.

On your way to the market make sure you make a stop at the Kentucky Club (it's a green building right on Avenida Juarez ) which is supposedly the place where the Margarita was invented and during Prohibition it was a very popular hang out for Hollywood celebs; try their carne seca with clamato.

There are some really good restaurants in Juarez but you will need a car to get to them (Juarez is a very big city), you could get a cab once you cross the Santa Fe bridge but they are ridiculously expensive. There is this seafood place in Juarez called Los Arcos which is really good (their whole fried fish is amazing) and the cabbie will probably try to charge you over 20 bucks but you can certainly haggle down the price to under 10

If you are interested in buying cheesy, touristy items you can get a cab to Mercado Juarez (they shouldn't charge you more than 5 bucks from the bridge to get here) which has some restaurants in the front but the food is pretty bad.

You said you were looking for upscale Mexican so you could also take a cab to the Campestre neighborhood and eat at Maria Chuchena which is as upscale as Mexican cuisine gets in Juarez; they will definitely try to overcharge you to get here, 10 bucks each way is a fair rate.

Although Juarez is not the war zone that is depicted in TV and drug related violence has gone significantly down you still need to be cautious, so like in any other big city be aware of your surroundings, do not go off into empty side streets and travel by day. Just use your common sense and you should be OK; I know you are from Detroit but Juarez is a whole different animal. You'll find the locals to be very friendly and most of them speak English.

Enjoy your time in EP!

Feb 27, 2012
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high-end Mexican in El Paso?

Hey Jim,

Unfortunately there are no high end Mexican restaurants in EP, there was one but it is now closed. I would recommend Valentine's Kitchen which has some awesome pork belly and bone marrow tacos; they have other interesting items as well (lengua, barbacoa, colitas de pavo, tripas and buche.).

If you are looking for some unusual regional dishes try Birrieria Jaramillo which specializes in Birria (mutton or lamb that is slow cooked in its own juices), a dish commonly eaten in the state of Jalisco; they also have tacos with lamb offal (brain, cheeks and eyes).

Another interesting option is the Lucky Cafe where the pièce de résistance is the Menudo (soup with beef tripe and hominy). The version that they serve here has a red chile base which is the norm in the state of Chihuahua.

If you are in the mood for burritos try Burritos Crisostomo (they make their own flour tortillas in house) but steer clear from the lengua; their Juarez locations are extremely popular, as well as the ones on this side of the border.

If you are interested in trying a good torta (traditional Mexican sandwich) check out Rainbow Fountain which in my opinion has the best tortas in EP.

On a final note, some of these places carry Mexican sodas made with real sugar (Coke, Sidral Mundet, Sprite, etc.) which are a must.

If you have any additional questions let me know and I'll let you know of any other places that come to mind.

Feb 27, 2012
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El Paso....Crave, Tabla or Ripe??

Crave is my least favorite one out of all three but they have amazing burgers. Burgers are half off on tuesdays so expect a lot of people. I usually do Ripe for brunch (mainly) or lunch and the food is very consistent and flavorful. As for Tabla, well that is my favorite one. Other restaurants you should consider with sort of a similar atmosphere: Tom's and NoFish. You should also try Dane's appetizer happy hour which is excellent and avoid G2 like the plague.

Nov 20, 2011
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tortillas in El Paso

Tamales: Pepe's tamales or Gussie's tamales
Corn and Flour tortillas: La Colonial Tortilla Factory, Pro's Ranch Market, Tortilleria Guadalajara.
Cheeses: Pro's Ranch Market.

Oct 24, 2011
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El Paso supermarkets that carry fresh sushi?

I got some new info for you. Although it's not exactly what you were looking for, UTEP has a place in the Union that makes fresh sushi daily which is very affordable ($7-10); sold in those to go packages.

Sep 22, 2011
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El Paso supermarkets that carry fresh sushi?

Costco's sushi is not made fresh for sure but I am not sure about Albertson's? You might want to call the one on Redd Rd (Desert Blvd.). If they don't make it fresh there you could opt for delivery from Sushi Express on Mesa; not my pick for sushi in town but I do not know of any other place that delivers.

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Sushi Express
5700 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79912

Aug 16, 2011
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El Paso supermarkets that carry fresh sushi?

First off, why would you want supermarket sushi? Gross! Now to answer your question, Albertson's. If you are looking for larger sushi platters, Costco.

Aug 16, 2011
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El Paso: Locals' favorite restaurants?

Vietnamese: Saigon taste (service can sometimes suck).
Spanish: Tabla
American: Ripe, Crave or G2 (Crave and G2 are not my personal favorites but they are very popular)
Thai: Tara Thai (just for lunch)
Tex-Mex: L & J
Mexican: Valentine's (I think they are only opened late night on weekends), Carnitas Queretaro, Crisostomo.
Burgers: Toro (# 4 best burger in TX/Texas Monthly), papaburger (only the one on Piedras st) or roscoes burger inn (#43 best burger in TX/ Texas Monthly).
Pizza: Cafe Italia (no reservations/gets ridiculously packed on weekends)
Italian: Ciao Sicilia (avoid cream based sauce dishes)

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L & J Cafe
3622 E Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903

Aug 10, 2011
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Sushi in El Paso, TX

The only two authentic (authentic as in japanese owned and are frequented by Japanese clientele) are makoto on the far east side and matsuharu on the northeast. Just to let you know, matsuharu is a small family owned restaurant ( looks run down but well worth it)and when they are slammed they are extremely slow. They have one cook, who is the owner's mother, but the japanese clientele that I have spoken to love her cooking.

Aug 02, 2011
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El Paso: Time for only one lunch (in November, if that makes a difference)

Well none of the restaurants on your list are truly authentic Mexican (Mostly Tex-Mex) and the majority of them are quite awful. I would suggest Carnitas Queretaro (which is pretty authentic but kind of average). If you want good Tex-Mex, go to L & J's. Another good option would be birrieria Jaramillo which specializes in Birria (mutton). For authentic Juarez style burritos go to Crisostomos and order barbacoa or lengua. If you want some good tortas I would suggest rainbow fountain. As for tacos during lunch time, Los Cunados is a good place. If you are able to do some late night dining go to Valentine's kitchen and get the colitas de pavo(turkey butt) torta, the pork belly torta or the bone marrow tacos. You could just go across the border and get the real deal. Let me know if you are in the mood for something else in particular.

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L & J Cafe
3622 E Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903

Jaramillo's
3206 College Ave, Snyder, TX 79549

Aug 01, 2011
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