When describing The Magic Pan Restaurant's cuisine to Ventanas Magazine, owner Annette Lawrence, an El Paso native, described it as "gourmet with a Southwestern flair." Homemade sauces and dressings in flavors such as honey Tabasco and creamy cilantro lime add kick to fresh salads served with sides such as pecan cornbread, while parmesan cream laced with peppery chipotle spices up a classic bowl of fettuccini alfredo. Smoked and roasted meats fill the majority of the restaurant's sandwiches, which are held together by focaccia, brioche, ciabatta, or the telekinetic powers of the kitchen's chef, and meaty entrees such as prime angus ribeye with smoked sea salt, cognac, and fresh herb compound butter reveal the kitchen's talent for updating culinary classics.
According to Ventanas Magazine, The Magic Pan's interior also combines flavors from around the globe in a design scheme orchestrated by Lawrence and her daughter Vanessa. At The Pan Restaurant on Cincinnati Street, work from local furniture makers is showcased alongside pieces imported from Bali, while guests to the original restaurant on Doniphan Drive enjoy their vibrant fare while surrounded by colorful, original artwork or patio planters filled with exotic flowers.:m]]
The sight of foam balls raining from the sky would be unusual at any place but Jungle Jaks’ Foam Factory, where they’re part of a brightly decorated playground that kids aged 3 to 12 can roam to their hearts’ content. Young ones of all dispositions can find something entertaining among Jungle Jaks’ range of athletic and artistic attractions, such as a mini soccer field for pickup games and a well-stocked arts and craft studio where masterpieces can be created. Excess energy burns away in the disco area as danceable pop hits play, while the Wii room, equipped with numerous Nintendo games and a flat-screen television, keeps arms and legs engaged as players search for Princess Peach’s lost contact lens. Elsewhere, a toddler play area engages tots with age-appropriate slides and toys, and a snack bar reenergizes guests before they collide with fellow riders on indoor bumper boat and bumper car rinks. All this excitement led to Jungle Jaks' nabbing El Paso's Best of the Best award, "Where to Take the Kiddos," in 2012 and 2013.
Sri Lankan culture incorporates distinctive southern Asian roots along with influences from the various European nations that have ruled it. As a result, the cuisine typically features a mélange of Indian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Malaysian flavors. At Sri Lanka Curry Leaf Restaurant, Lana Hillstrom remains true to the flavors of her native Sri Lanka, filling the menu with her country's eclectic cuisine. Pork and sliced mango simmer in aromatic curry, distinguished from familiar Thai or Indian versions by a signature powder that uses 21 fragrant ingredients, according to the Colorado Springs Independent. The rest of the menu includes Sri Lankan interpretations of Asian standards such as chicken tikka, fried rice, and mulligatawny soup.
Channeling the same vivaciousness as the menu, the dining room bursts with color from its sunshine-yellow walls, draped with leafy foliage and imported Sri Lankan rainbows. Framed pictures and woodwork also adorn the walls and add to the room's homey ambiance.
Guided by illuminated handholds equipped with sensors that respond to climber movement, youngsters scale FuntastiCo. Pizza & Games's DigiWall, which combines rock-climbing panels with computer-game technology for interactive versions of Pong and Follow the Leader. A nearby rock-climbing wall accommodates three participants with a more traditional ascent, and whippersnappers clad in a Velcro suit can leap off a trampoline-like inflatable and stick onto a Velcro wall. Elsewhere, wiggle cars, powered by drivers twisting their steering wheels from side to side, reunite guests with the ground's tight turns, and the Tot Tree enthralls tykes aged 2 and younger with blooming flowers and squeaking ladybugs. Along with games, a full-service restaurant reenergizes guests with an extensive menu of treats, and the Performance Playhouse plays home to kids who can rest, socialize, or discuss the latest stock-market trends.
Mexican-style street food populates the tables at Cabo Joe’s, a relaxed eatery inspired by the atmosphere and cuisine of Mexico and the Caribbean. Inside a vibrant space designed to evoke a cantina-like feel, waiters unload trays filled with tortas, tacos, and wood-fired burgers, and set down helpings of freshly made salsas and guacamole.
Casita Linda Mexican Restaurant, a family-owned eatery in business for more than 50 years, specializes in the rich, flavorful style of Mexican cuisine that El Paso is known for. Enchiladas in piquant red-chili sauce, stuffed quesadillas, and sweet sopaipillas are a few specialties. On weekends, the restaurant serves traditional menudo.