Food & Drink in Horizon City

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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]]

226 Cincinnati Ave
El Paso,
TX
US

Before opening her own bakery, Baby Cakes by Marcy owner Marcy Rangel honed her skills by building delicious desserts at other area bakeshops, including Sweet Endings, where her work earned her the coveted title of Best Cake in El Paso. Today, Rangel leads her own staff of pastry experts as it continues to practice delicious kitchen alchemy, transforming ordinary flour, sugar, and butter into elaborate specialty cakes worthy of taking center stage atop any sweets table. Working entirely from scratch, Rangel can custom decorate cakes with colorful frosting-based designs or shape them to resemble shoeboxes, tubes of lipstick, and other objects that everyone secretly wants to eat. "Naughty" cakes for bachelor or bachelorette parties are also a shop specialty, as are cupcakes in signature flavors such as tiramisu and strawberries and cream.

2601 N Stanton St
El Paso,
TX
US

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.

12115 Montwood Dr
El Paso,
TX
US

Walls festooned with faux turf and wood shingles bring the outside indoors at The Garden, where the menu corrals flavors from Italy, Japan, and Latin America onto plates of classic American fare. Chefs wrap soft-shell crab and deep-fried lobster into sushi rolls and slowly cook Coca-Cola-braised baby-back ribs for up to eight hours. To further fuel festivities, The Garden features extensive wine and scotch menus, bottle service, 16 beers on draft, and an onsite humidor with cigar brands such as Gran Habano and Rocky Patel. After catching the game on a flat-screen TV indoors, patrons can venture to the outdoor patio to sip a double-malt under the glow of a heat lamp or tie-dye sheets from the white overhead canopy in a burbling fountain.

511 Western Ct
El Paso,
TX
US

Across four decades and three generations, the Hoenselaar family has prepared its signature bone-in hams the same way—marinating them in secret spices and smoking them at length over a special blend of hardwood chips. At each of The HoneyBaked Ham Co.'s 400 locations, specialized machinery invented by founder Harry J. Hoenselaar himself carves each haunch into a perfect, thin-cut spiral. Slices then fill sandwiches such as the croissant-swaddled Ham Classic, or join other meats on the likes of the toasted Ham & Turkey Bella, which hoists swiss cheese, banana peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette between ciabatta bread. The correlation between pork consumption and out-of-control parties has not slipped past the notice of the HoneyBaked chefs, who also offer catering platters and party trays for 10 or more people.

6600 N Mesa St
El Paso,
TX
US

Walking into Andre?s Pizza can feel like walking into a home kitchen. As family members chop up veggies for fresh salads and hand-knead dough for pizzas, the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven wafts over the entire scene. The bread is used for toasted deli subs that diners customize with six meats and three cheeses, as well as add-ons such as guacamole and bacon. The aforementioned pizza dough gets slathered with homemade sauce before it?s transformed into specialty pizzas?sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts top the gourmet pie, and sausage, meatballs, and bacon bulk up the all-meat pizza. The rest of the menu includes custom calzones and eight salads that, like the best avant-garde art, can be drizzled with a selection of house-made dressings.

7000 Westwind Dr.
El Paso,
TX
US