Each pizza on DoubleDave's menu is crafted using dough that's hand-tossed twice daily before being smothered in tomato sauce and fresh cheese. Start by choosing one of four carefully crafted crusts: hand-tossed original, crispy thin crust, deep dish, or honey whole wheat. Then, pile on any number of DoubleDave's 19 toppings, such as pepperoni, smoked ham, mushrooms, and garlic spinach ($.99–$1.89 for each topping, depending on pizza size). Doubtful diners who prefer to have their decisions made for them can order one of DoubleDave's seven specialty pizzas, such as Dave's Fave (olive oil, garlic-and-oregano sauce, and mozzarella, topped with your choice of meatballs and sausage or tomatoes and garlic spinach), or The Works (smoked ham, pepperoni, italian sausage, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, and smoked provolone cheese). All pizzas come in four sizes, from 10-inch to 18-inch to fulfill any pie-sized craving or for use in an unorthodox solar system mobile ($5.99–$13.59).
The menu at Amore Ristorante Pizzeria raises the quintessential dilemma of Italian cuisine: pizza or pasta? Those opting for pies can slice up crusts laden with gourmet toppings such as prosciutto and brie or pesto and feta. Alternatively, plates of pasta entice diners to spear forkfuls of tortellini and ham or fettuccine alfredo bulked up with chicken or salmon. After dinner, tiramisu and spumoni sweeten meals better than a lazy susan carved out of chocolate.
The Italian Kitchen has served up handcrafted pizzas and made-to-order pastas for more than 60 years, and the crew continues the tradition today beside modern conveniences such as a barside flat-screen TV, live acoustic music on weekends, an outdoor patio, and human servers to replace the obsolete robot ones. To view the entire menu, click here.
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]]
At Tacos Chinampa, a taco isn't so much a taco as it is a work of art. What else can you call a freshly fried tortilla stuffed with balanced, seasoned meat and toppings such as grilled onions, radishes, cilantro, and avocado, or the restaurant's specialty, al pastor? The family-owned eatery, opened in 1972, also puts its tortillas and fresh ingredients to use in other dishes such as the quesadilla platter and, of course, a chips and salsa appetizer that's good enough to be a meal on its own.
Mar Y Sol serves authentic Mexican cuisine culled from recipes perfected over generations on sun-drenched shores. Patrons investigate a menu full of finger-tempting appetizers such as the chipotle guacamole made with hand-mashed avocados, chipotle chilies, and goat cheese ($8), as well as time-honored tacos without their time-honored lettuce ponchos ($8–$9). Captivating seafood dishes count the filete al mojo de ajo, a cutlet of fish resting over a bed of white rice and chipotle mashed potatoes swathed in garlic gravy ($11). The tostadas de atún arrange thinly sliced tuna coalescing in a pineapple marinade for a flavor as harmonious as a peace pipe hollowed out of angel-food cake ($10). For midday munching, Mar Y Sol features a lunch special from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in which customers navigate a $10.45 prix fixe menu with their choice of a soft drink, cup of soup, appetizer, and entree.