At Healthy Bite, patrons can retreat to the café for a menu of grilled sandwiches, refreshing salads, and fresh juices. Fluffy slices of ciabatta bread carry bounties such as turkey and Monterey jack cheese, or fresh tomatoes, pesto, and mozzarella. Salads set beds of romaine lettuce or baby spinach for fresh fruits, slivered almonds, and feta cheeses. Meanwhile, fresh juice blends include papaya, orange, and celery, alongside daily soups and fruit smoothies.
Medallions Bistro offers a mix of traditional bistro fare and innovative American cuisine in a casual dining setting. Start off strong with the spicy mango shrimp canapés appetizer ($9), or sample the battered sweet corn croquettes ($6). The bison burger ($8), veggie fettucine alfredo ($9) and grilled salmon salad ($9) are just a few of the options that eaters will find cozily familiar, like a pet parrot that knows your social security number. The most popular entrée is the namesake beef tenderloin medallions ($21), served on a fluffy mattress of basmati rice and topped with your choice of signature sauce; options include a red wine demi-glaze, a balsamic strawberry sauce, and a creamy green chile. Flourish to a finish with a slice of the pineapple upside-down cake ($5) or a chunk of chocolate lava cake ($5).
Though Chef Ron Fineron specializes in bar-food staples, he eschews traditional flavors in favor of his own unique creations. His Angus beef burgers, for instance, incorporate quirky ingredients such as lemon-peel aioli and pineapple pico de gallo. Ron's eclectic approach to cuisine—on display as late as midnight on Friday and Saturday—gels perfectly with The Network's diverse lineup of entertainment. Every week, performers including open-mic comics, DJs, and live musicians take the stage amidst The Network's exposed brick, which the proprietors often adorn with work from local artists.
The hum of live performances echoes across The Percolator, where guests meet over mugs of organic coffee and plates of gourmet sandwiches and sushi. Chefs usher in the day with eggs, meat, and vegetarian breakfast wraps before moving on to lunch and dinner to assemble chicken pesto or herbed goat–cheese sandwiches along with seven specialty sushi rolls. Lattes, mochas, and creamy coffee frappés start days or cap off meals, and a selection of beer and wine rinses off incisors. As customers sip and dine, they lounge at the cafe's numerous tabletops beneath local artwork and vibrant murals on the crimson walls. A stage hosts a rotating schedule of live music, poetry slams, and theater nearly every day, offering visitors a welcome reprieve from frustrating evenings of teaching a pet tortoise to roll over.
When Kipps Cheesesteak first opened in June 2010, owner Kipp wasn't sure if he'd be able to sell the 36 rolls he bought for the day. He shouldn't have worried—he was completely sold out by 11:45 a.m.
It seems that customers couldn't get enough of the cheesesteaks, which were served in classic fashion—rib eye topped with caramelized onions and slathered in Cheez Whiz or provolone—or jazzed up with green chilies, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce. The eatery is still going strong, and in addition to cheesesteaks, serves burgers, hot dogs, creative salads, and housemade cheesecakes.
The signature hot sandwiches and 23 types of frosty beers perch atop Kipps's retro-style bar, which is equipped with several wide-screen TVs broadcasting sports games and only the least-obnoxious car-insurance commercials.
Situated at the very southwestern tip of Texas, El Paso lies along the Rio Grande River, which forms the border with Mexico. The influence of its neighbor to the south can be seen everywhere in the city from the architecture to the food. To trace even earlier influences, pay a visit to the El Paso Museum of Archeology, where exhibits chronicle the area's inhabitants going back thousands of years. At 24,000 acres, El Paso's Franklin Mountains State Park has the distinction of being the largest U.S. park located entirely within a city. Hiking, biking, and all-terrain rollerblading are all popular pursuits here. In contrast to the park's mountainous landscape, the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Gardens supply an up-close look at the desert. Surrounding a museum dedicated to celebrating border life and the cultural history of the region, a desert garden is home to cacti and more than 600 varieties of native plants. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.