Quality Inn & Suites Airport
6099 Montana Ave
El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 772-3300
Fax: (915) 775-0808
A friendly, family-owned dining establishment, Carlos & Mickey's provides customers with stomach-satisfying authentic Mexican Cuisine, with a touch of Tex-Mex flavor as well. They boast an expansive menu full of well-prepared items, like their tasty tacos with pork, tender tamales and mouth-watering green enchiladas with zesty cheese sauce. C&M also has quality margaritas and a full bar, along with hip-shaking live music from Thursday through the weekend. Be forewarned, this is no hidden gem; this place is very popular and often packed on the weekends.
Dominguez Mexican Food Restaurant swears by authentic mexican dishes and a warm atmosphere. Tantalize your taste buds with their much loved tacos, chicken enchiladas and chile rellano. Their spicy salsa is also much talked about and should definitely be tried when visiting this place.
As El Paso's oldest teppanyaki restaurant, Shogun Steak House does more than feed, it entertains. Think of it as nourishment for both body and soul when the chef prepares your meal right before your eyes, complete with fancy slicing and dicing. The house features a large sushi bar and specializes in such palate-pleasing delights as Teriyaki Chicken, Mahi Mahi, and Teriyaki Steak. Be forewarned: the meals are not cheap, so come prepared with a little hard-earned cash. Call for reservations during weekends.
There's nothing quite like seafood, and Landry's serves up the good undersea critters at their best. A restaurant chain with 23 locations in the sunbelt states, Landry's prides itself on serving the freshest of fish. So settle for a good dining experience. For starters, try out the Stuffed Shrimp Embrochette, which is spicy jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon, or some crunchy yet chewy fried calamari. For the main course, it's hard to go wrong with the artichoke heart and mushroom-topped Chilean Sea Bass Madrid. All in all, a fine place.
This local Mexican/American fast-food joint with several locations in the El Paso area is known for its three flautas (rolled tacos) draped in cheddar cheese and drenched in a semi-spicy tomato sauce. Chicos is not in the least pretentious, in fact every menu item is meant to be less than gourmet and calorie-laden, however that's part of the fun. Another unorthodox menu item is their round hot-dog served on a hamburger bun and the crinkle-cut fries are definitely better than most fast-food places. Check out one of their family-run locations throughout the entire city.
Across the street from the Cielo Vista Mall, Pho Tre Bien brings Vietnam to Old El Paso. Here you order by number off the somewhat overwhelming menu but, you will soon find out that the choices are just variations on a theme. If you're here for pho, the three main categories are Rice, Yellow and Authentic noodles. Each one comes with your choice of steak, seafood or chicken. If you can, try to get a table on the beautiful garden patio, complete with a waterfall and a meditating Buddha.
Tucked away in an industrial area, this simple eatery is devoid of any fancy trappings yet is popular in the neighborhood for its rustic Mexican food. Ernie's is a regular haunt for the Cielo Vista where you can watch your dishes being created at the open kitchen. It is definitely not for the calorie conscious but then you can cheat on your diet to savor the spicy delicacies.
L&J Cafe is considered one of the best Mexican food restaurants on the northern side of the border. Its throwback retro sign lets visitors know what's in store for them inside, which is simple, unpretentious Mexican food. They are known for their green chile enchiladas and it has been run by the same family for over three generations, so you know the recipes are authentic. Other items on the menu include tacos, burritos, salads, tortas (sandwiches) and specialties like the Chicken Tampiqueña. If you try the enchiladas and like the salsa atop them, don't forget to ask your server for a can of the stuff in green or red.
Griggs Restaurant, with its modest decor and cozy surroundings, provides its customers with tasty, New Mexican dishes. Just a stone's throw from the Cielo Vista Golf Course, the eatery is a little on the touristy side, but the food still retains most of its authentic New Mexican roots. Some signature dishes include the Green Enchiladas and the Chile Relleno.
Kiki's Mexican Restaurant is a no-frills, typical Southwest spot that serves massive portions of mediocre Tex-Mex at great prices. Inside, the decor is a bit dated, however the staff usually makes up for the anachronistic ambiance with their staid charm. Nonetheless, the prices are perfect for groups, try the Crab Enchiladas, the Fajitas or the Machaca (shredded beef) plates, they are big enough for two or three. At Kiki's most people can eat a tremendous amount of food for less than 15USD and since the place is quite small, it tends to fill up pretty quick during lunch and dinner.
This nondescript, no-frills Italian restaurant is deceptive with its ordinary facade, because the dishes here are some of the best from the 'Boot' this side of the border. In addition to all the traditional favorites you'll find elsewhere like Veal Marsala, Chicken Parmagiana, the kitchen also allows you to create-your-own dish which includes your choice of pasta, sauce, veggies and meat. The trattoria also sells sausage by the foot, so if you choose not to dine, you can always buy some to take home and test your skills in the kitchen as well!
Named after the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Frida's bathes its walls with reproductions of the painter's many works. A busy restaurant at times, there might be a bit of a wait during peak mealtime hours, but the wait is well worth it. The many dishes to choose from are expertly prepared, from the seafood to the steak to the traditional local items. The atmosphere matches to quality of the decor, and sometimes you can even dine to the peaceful strums of a Saulo guitarist.