Wild Wild West

Posted on November 11th, 2012

El Paso isn’t the first place that comes to mind when considering a dynamic travel destination. Most people immediately associate this Wild West border town with unruly activity like gunfighting. Not the ol’ fashioned gunslinger kind, but the modern Mexican drug cartel variety.
Hold your fire: believe it or not, El Paso was recently named one of the country’s safest cities. Now there’s no reason to avoid this unexpectedly charming West Texas metropolis—especially for those intrigued by a region’s distinctive heritage and food. Even if you’re not a history buff, the mission trail offers a fascinating glimpse into the area’s Spanish colonial past, with three extraordinary adobe missions dating to the 1600s.

Food-wise, El Paso is the Mecca for my favorite Mexican dish: chile rellenos, prepared with velvety white cheese encased in a tangy and lightly breaded anaheim pepper. One of the most memorable places to experience this regional delicacy is at H&H Car Wash, an actual car wash with a tiny restaurant inside offering the tantalizingly smooth yet spicy chiles heated on the same grill as the tasty (and greasy) burgers.

Another area worth exploring in El Paso is Segundo Barrio, a resurgent neighborhood near downtown filled with historic adobe homes and charming corner stores. Be sure to experience Bowie Bakery’s traditional Mexican pastries: empanadas de pina (delectable pineapple turnovers), esponjas, and a cream-filled swan pastry that tastes as sweet as it looks.


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Chris - April 1st, 2015 at 10:18 PM
Wonderful piece on El Paso! The Mexican food, bakeries, and new local businesses is really making this city beautiful. So much has happened these past couple years and I can't wait to see the growth in the near future.
Andy - April 2nd, 2015 at 12:06 PM
Thanks, Chris! And you're right about all the interesting activity - I always encourage people to visit El Paso!

-Andy

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