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.
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.
Operating under the mantra Flavor Your Life, Bahama Buck's sends its patrons on a tropical holiday with every sip of its gourmet drinks. Island-inspired decor outfits each Bahama Buck's location, and the business's approach to flavor as an art form—with more than 90 flavors of shaved ice—carries over to its smoothies, which send creamy concoctions climbing through straws to rouse tasters with the zest of fresh fruit and juices. Hawaii's Kona coffee beans are used for Island House coffees, and island specialties, such as 100% natural juices, provide an afternoon pick-me-up without the pressure of negotiating with the intimidating children in charge of neighborhood lemonade stands.
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.
About two years ago, a savory drink called dayvasos began to rapidly gain popularity in Juárez, Mexico. It was originally rumored to be a hangover cure, but people began sipping it for its taste rather than its function; " "Now kids have it, abuelitas (grandmothers) too," Dayvasos JN co-owner Miguel Ortiz told an El Paso Times writer. Clamato tomato juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, chile powder, and a secret ingredient called "Dayvasalsa" are the building block of a dayvaso; bartenders top this blend with additions such as beef jerky, fresh or dried shrimp, or clams. Some patrons like to mix dayvasos with beer, and Ortiz accommodates them by stocking Mexican and domestic brews, which are also available to take home.
New York Bagel Café & Deli parades a fresh showcase of morning favorites and light fare starring more than 15 varieties of freshly baked bagels. Regular customers can pocket a Coffee Club card to help their bagel addiction finally pay sesame-seed dividends as they chew through breakfast and brunch fare before tackling a deli sandwich lineup crafted from premium Boar's Head meats. The café's full-service catering service can turn around numerous catering orders in 24 hours, allowing for quick party planning with large fruit platters, pastries, and specialty wraps arriving promptly to satisfy the needs of office parties and bagel ring-toss tournaments.