With its light coral-colored walls, wooden window shutters, and rustic décor, El Rincon De Gypsy takes on the desert southwest personality of the building in which it resides. Nearly 140 years old, the adobe structure is lined with artwork and complimented by a roomy outdoor patio and dining area. Everyday, visitors may receive a free tour of the building, and on weekends, they can participate in free tarot card readings.
El Parque, located in the Las Palmas Marketplace, serves up a variety of antojitos—Mexican street foods that usually incorporate masa dough and savory meats. Cooks pile tacos and sopes with shredded chicken, mexican barbacoa, and other proteins, garnishing each dish with toppings such as bean spread or green chilies. The menu also includes dishes such as crisp baja fish tacos and charbroiled chicken in piquant poblano mole sauce. Servers mix daiquiris, margaritas accented with mini Coronas, and other drinks at the bar.
One day, on a family vacation to California, Charlie and Zach Navar made their first stop at a frozen-yogurt shop. It was quickly followed, that same day, by their second stop, and then their third. Enamored with the self-serve frozen-yogurt business, the brothers dedicated the next two years to researching the concept by traveling to shops in other cities and even analyzing El Paso traffic patterns before choosing the ideal location for their own brand.
At Craze Yogurt, the Navars fill their self-serve dispensers with flavors such as apple pie, chocolate hazelnut, dairy-free Hawaiian pineapple, and electro lime, a cooler alternative to eating limes left in a light socket. After crowning their fro-yo with toppings, guests can feast at leather couches in Craze Yogurt's spacious, high-ceiling lounge, where coffee and tea drinks such as peppermint mochas and spiced chai lattes are also available.
All day long, the chefs at Ay Tenampa send aromas of sizzling fajitas, simmered pork, and crispy fried tortillas into the dining room. Their menu unfolds with a cornucopia of Mexican specialties, including quesadillas, enchiladas, and huevos rancheros. The entrees that bring the restaurant the most fanfare are the six-packs of beef or pork tacos, which diners can dress with cilantro, lime, slices of avocado, and paper-doll outfits.