The chefs at Salma Farah's Mediterranean Restaurant stick to the culinary traditions of the sun-steeped Lebanese and Syrian shores. Kebabs sizzle as they pour tzatziki across gyros and rolled grape leaves. Garlic and eggplant roast aromatically, bound for bowls of hummus or baba ghanouj. Steam rises from earthy, dark Arabic coffee near fatayers?baked pastries consisting of dough rolled around spinach or meat. The BYOB policy lets guests bring in their favorite vintage without having to pay a corkage fee or watch a clumsy waiter try to impress everybody with his unicycling skills when delivering bottles.
A member of the independent Premiere Cinemas circuit, Montwood Movies 7 regales patrons with the cinematic landscapes of the latest block-busters within the cool, dark surroundings of a newly renovated theater. Guests can saunter into the vibrantly colored lobby and eschew old-fashioned deviled eggs and pickled-herring movie snacks in favor of popcorn, Nestlé's candies, and soft drinks. Commodious thrones cushion moviegoers as professional Horizon film projectors emblazon cinema screens with vampire heartthrobs in the upcoming Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 , and stage- and digital-surround speakers project the merry melodies of The Muppets.
With 47 seasons of quality, not-for-profit community theater tucked into its curtain belt, the El Paso Playhouse brings a homegrown local flair to Robert Anderson’s four-part comedy about the farcical perils of interpersonal communication. Directed by stagecraft savant Jonathan Schwind, this uproarious production runs on weekends from May 20 to June 11, with 8 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 p.m. show on Sundays. As the play progresses through its seemingly unrelated acts, audience members are treated to fresh revelations on life and relationships that range from the hilarious hurdles of childrearing to the charming complications of love in old age.
Clicks Billiards' El Paso location caters to after-work crowds with 20 pool tables (including six 9-foot Gold Crown tables and 12 8-foot tables) and pub-fare stomach stuffers. Under the low lighting of the cue area, guests can challenge an opponent to a dance around the pool table before breaking bread at the bar. Fill your bellytank with a burger ($6.50, prices vary by location) or wings ($8), before topping off taste buds with fries ($2.50). Clicks' offers an outdoor smoking patio as well as five HDTVs, each with their own satellite receiver.
At Star City Kitchen and Bar, chefs mingle Mexican flavors with hearty homestyle American food. They fill salpicon tacos with avocado cream and layer ham steak, burger patties, crispy onions, and chili con queso in the Chuco Stack. These kitchen gurus also elevate simple potatoes to haute cuisine with the mashed potatoes of the day, which can boast a number of wild flavors that range from caramelized almond and vanilla to peanut butter and sriracha. In good American fashion, they serve breakfast all day, and keep their doors open 24 hours throughout the weekend.
Taking inspiration from the US Senate chamber after the swine uprising of 2066, they’ve decorated their inlaid bar with graffiti art and a statue of a pink pig. Adding to the festivity, colorful star lanterns hang from the ceiling's industrial-chic metal beams.
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.