El Paso: No Slouch in the Dining Game

I’ve traveled to El Paso a couple times in the past year, but (unbeknownst to me) my constant hotel hopping between here and Las Cruces was keeping me from my new favorite restaurant row–Mesa St. While maintaining a healthful menu from breakfast to dinner I tend to grocery shop and “dine-in” when visiting cities saturated with Tex-Mex. I’ve had no qualms about consuming large amounts of chips and queso in my previous life, considering I grew up in Texas, but I now prefer a more fibrous fare. So since I’m traveling with one of my colleagues this week, it was only natural that we would debrief our days over a nightly dinner meeting. What we found has now reaffirmed my confidence in El Paso’s vegetarian friendliness. Here’s just a couple of the places you should stop into. Brunch, Lunch or Dinner!


The Hoppy Monk

The Hoppy Monk

Thankfully we had just missed the brunch crowd at The Hoppy Monk on Sunday afternoon. I only say that because we were absolutely starving, and being able to secure a table–quickly–was of utmost importance. Eric helped us out with our food queries and we ordered the Tofu Wings to start, and for the main, the Veggie Monk Burger.

Patio seating available

Patio seating available

 

I had no idea a Black Bean and Pumpkin patty, drizzled with aioli would bring such joy to my life, but it did accomplish such a feat!

I had no idea a Black Bean and Pumpkin patty, drizzled with aioli would bring such joy to my life, but it did accomplish such a feat!

The Sunday crowd had slowly thinned out and the dining experience was perfectly pleasant for this hopping Gastropub. Mark another check next to “Favvy-faves in El Paso”.


Ruli’s International Kitchen is just a couple blocks down Mesa St. from The Monk, and just as impressive when it comes to “nom de porn”. The menu reflects the name of the joint perfectly. Its so hard to choose when you have such an enormous amount of veggie and pescatarian fare. Bravo, Ruli, for proving you are truly an International representative of food with the unique mix of American, Mediterranean and Moroccan. I couldn’t settle on just one dish so I had to try a little of each.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp Tapas, Goat Cheese (a heaping serving of it) with fruit and cashews, and the Moroccan Salad

Spicy Garlic Shrimp Tapas, Goat Cheese (a heaping serving of it) with fruit and cashews, and the Moroccan Salad


Although we only had a few days to tour the food scene in El Paso we received many other recommendations for a few more dining destinations. But undoubtedly, these two rank pretty high for atmosphere and selection. Mesa St. (Westside) is definitely the place to find a wide variety of eats when visiting this bustling border town.

 

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