Buffalo roam across sprawling flatlands as Hereford cattle munch mountain grasses on The Bowen Ranch, the working farmstead that houses The Edge of Texas Steakhouse and Saloon. In addition to lending the horizon a bucolic vibe, these herds suggest just how fresh a steak can be. Nearby, inside the train depot-turned-restaurant, guests can shake hands with a real cowboy before slicing into grilled-to-order beef and bison. This wrangler is Jim Bowen, founder of the eatery and leader of the Bowen clan that’s owned the ranch since the 1800s, when cattle landed in Texas by leaping over Saturn’s moons. The menu also brims with chuck-wagon classics such as barbecued brisket and Tex-Mex fare such as tortilla soup and chicken fajitas.
The Orange Leaf frozen-yogurt enterprise boasts nearly 200 locations, cooling tongues everywhere from Mississippi to Australia. At each colorful shop, customers have total control over their cups, first selecting a combination of yogurt flavors from dozens of low-calorie options and then swinging by the toppings bar to pile on pieces of fruit, sprinkles of granola, crumbles of brownie, or an entire family of gummy bears. Yogurt flavors range from pineapple, chocolate, and no-sugar-added vanilla, to more complex blends, such as strawberry cheesecake and Oreo cookie cake.
Since the inception of its flagship location in 1973, Golden Corral has continued to load plates with an ever-expanding menu of homestyle fare served in a family-oriented atmosphere. Among the never-ending dinner buffet’s offerings, 15 types of protein, including sirloin steaks cut and aged on the premises, pair with comfort-fare staples such as mac 'n' cheese and banana pudding. At lunch, pot roast simmered for 12 hours and made-from-scratch meatloaf fill the buffet’s ranks, and breakfast promises made-to-order omelets, hearty slices of ham and sausage, and sizzling hash browns. Each of Golden Corral’s locations opens its doors to group events, seating parties of 25 or more, or one house of Congress in recess.
For 30 years, the skilled bakers of Cox's Bakery have provided customers with a massive variety of cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and baked goods. Their custom decorations artfully spruce up any birthday party as cakes sport designs of bands, cartoon characters, and landscapes. Cupcakes sport mounds of colored frosting and sprinkles, while a variety of donuts include éclairs, fritters, and maple bars. Other items include brownies, cookies, and bread pudding.
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.
Peek across the counter at the shop's resident chocolatiers, who massage creamy loafs of chocolate on sturdy marble slabs daily. For additional culinary theatrics, feel free to cheer on the expert orchard orderlies as they kettle-dip Granny Smiths into caramel-coated creations. Caramel apples range from the classically simple (starting at $5.25) to The Monster Apple, which is rolled in mixed nuts, layered lovingly in milk or dark chocolate, and drizzled in rich white confection with liberal discretion. For additional brain pampering, strip away the core and go straight for the score with freshly fangled fudges ($13.25 per pound).