Sleep Inn University
953 Sunland Park Dr.
El Paso, TX 79922
Phone: (915) 585-7577
Fax: (915) 585-7579
The restaurant Barrigas, with its charming traditional decor and delicious traditional cuisine, makes this a must for those visiting Juárez. Although busy, the food makes the wait well worth it, especially if you try their signature dish, Pachuga Barrigas. With the mouth-watering grilled chicken with spicy peppers and freshly sliced avocado, the quality Flautas, the Chicken Mole, or any number of well-prepared items, you'll find it difficult to go back to anything less than authentic Mexican food. Call for hours.
It seems that wood-fired pizza is the way-to-go if you want your restaurant to be ultra-successful, and by the looks of the crowded tables at this restaurant, it appears the owners are doing something right. The menu is simple, as there are only a few items per category, but each option is made with care and the best ingredients. In fact, the kitchen even makes its own handmade mozzarella. The pizzas are equally uncomplicated, the Marinara and Margherita have less than four ingredients and the 'Smoked' just has bell pepper, fennel sausage and smoked mozzarella. One other benefit is that the restaurant allows guests to bring-your-own-bottle; this only adds to the reasons why you should come here.
Paco Wong's, a family-owned restaurant, supplies El Paso with authentic Cantonese cuisine in a setting that makes you feel like you're in China - without the air fare. Try some of their specialties, such as the Cashew Shrimp served with mushrooms, celery, chestnuts, cashews in their special sauce, or their Szechuan Chicken, a dish with twice-cooked chicken, vegetables and flavorful hot sauce. And with a full bar, you're assured a good time is had by all. Call for hours.
A family-owned operation, Ardovino's Desert Crossing has been delighting residents of the El Paso area since 1949. A ranch house by the name of Ardovino's Roadside Inn has been transformed into this wonderful Italian restaurant which has delicious preparations like Pizza Greco and Pork Chop Ardovino to offer you. The Mecca Lounge, which stays open later than the restaurant, has a great wine selection to enhance your meal. Ardovino's Desert Crossing is also famous for the annual farmers' market it hosts.
The family-run Avila's has been winning locals' praise for many years, and it's easy to see why. From the reserved decor to the friendly customer service, Avila's serves up quality, crowd-pleasing Mexican fare. The snappy chile con queso is a particular favorite, but everything, from the sopapilla to the tampiquena reeks of good cooking. A perfect venue for family and work friends alike.
SuZu is one of the best restaurants in El Paso alone just for its creativity. From lobster tacos to steak, salmon and Hamachi (yellowtail) tartare, the menu is definitely eclectic. These choices for some could be considered enough as a meal, but most would say to save room for their salads and entrees. The salads include plum-apple salmon, blackened tuna and citrus-rice alongside other seasonal offerings. Entrees include no-nonsense favorites like rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, Atlantic salmon and since we are in the Southwest, a nod to Duck Mole is also featured on the menu.
Cuartito Azul or the 'Little Blue Room' is where El Pasoans come to hear Argentine music and dine on dishes from old Río de la Plata. The owners came from Argentina to open their restaurant in nearby Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and subsequently opened this location in 2007. The chefs in the kitchen prepare the traditional of dishes like their popular churrasco, or barbecued meats alongside one of the best Chimichurri sauces in the entire Southwest. Since we are talking about Argentina and considering the influx of Italians to the country during the 20th Century was so enormous, it would only be apropos to find some Italian dishes on the menu like gnocchi, tortellini, and more. If you come with a group or a large family, order the 'Parrillada', it is a "monster-piece" of meats that will definitely feed everyone, except vegetarians.
This local institution has four different locations in the city and it is the go-to option for Italian subs, pizza and calzones. The chefs create many different types of pies, some of the gourmet options include Salmon & Fennel, Canadian Bacon & Smoked Oysters or of course you can create your own. The portions are great and although the items may be a bit on the pricier side, the homey ambiance of Chianti bottles on the walls with the traditional straw baskets and delicious ingredients prepared in the kitchen merit some of this.
One of the popular neighborhood spots in the northwestern part of the city, House of Rock is known for its offerings of wings, reasonably-priced beer, and music. The menu comprises old American favorites like burgers, chicken wings, and salads, which have earned a favorable reputation in the neighborhood. Live music is played here regularly, so check that out as well. Call to know more.
Ripe is just what El Paso needs, a restaurant that focuses on innovative recipes and a place where guests rarely run into Tex-Mex ingredients on the menu. If they do, the plates still make this Southwest style shine in a different way. The restaurant is a brother/sister establishment that was founded in 2007 and they present three service times, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner. Each menu has their wonderful burgers with beef sourced from Bakka Ranch and the Caramelized Risotto with Pear Fennel and Chicken Ratatouille are great choices. Happy Hour from 3-6pm includes 3USD off appetizers and 1/2 off glasses of wine, overall a nice place to visit off-the-beaten New American path.
Nour Mediterranean Cafe is a quaint, family-run Lebanese restaurant that serves pita, schwarma, falafel and what locals say is the best hummus in town. The dishes shine on all fronts, from the grape dolmeh appetizers to their 'Family Meal', which is a massive platter of different meats, vegetables, falafel and pita that can feed up to six people. One of the best things about Nour is their signature sauce, it is a delightful melange of garlic, cilantro, lime and raw potato! Overall, it is a great place to bring the family or if you are with a large group.
Club 101 has a saying: "It's all about the music!" And considering it's one of El Paso's best nightclubs, it couldn't be more right. With butt-shaking rhythms, live bands, record-scratching DJs and a dance floor full of El Paso's hardest-partying pleasure-seekers, you'll agree 101 percent. Like some booze while you cruise? Get down at at the club's E 9 Club. Call for hours.