Part of what makes Downtown El Paso (DTEP) so authentic is the rich concentration of small businesses. Highlighting every business can be challenging and sometimes a few slip through the cracks. Below is a list of eight locally owned businesses that might have gone under the radar. Why not start 2017 with an exploration of new places that offer food and drink!
1.) Rent A Chef Food at La Placita Café – Las Plazas Arts District
This café didn’t open yesterday, in fact the Rent A Chef food at La Placita Café has been open since San Jacinto Plaza re-opened and resides in the plaza itself. The café serves plates worthy of food truck foodie patrons with options such as tacos and burgers ready to be eaten al fresco. You’ll find the Facebook page under “Rent a Chef at The Plaza.”
2.) Crepe & Co Downtown – Office District
Specializing in sweet and savory crepes, the eatery elevates the humble crepe to a wide variety of options. From a Ham & Swiss to a Strawberries and Cream, there are even French Toast sticks for patrons on the go! Great for a breakfast or lunch munch, you can visit Crepe & Co at 117 N. Stanton in the Office District.
3.) Fish Bar – Union Plaza
With beer pong showdowns, featured DJs, and a pool table, the new addition to the Union Plaza family of night life businesses fits right in. Find Fish Bar at 200 Anthony St. in Union Plaza.
4.) Delight – Las Plazas Arts District
It can be easy to overlook Delight if you’re not looking for it. Just a few doors down from the Gray Dog bar, Delight specializes in soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers. You can try something different like the Mediterranean Lamb Burger or something familiar such as the Rueben. Find Delight at 502 N. Oregon in the Las Plazas Arts District.
5.) Coco Loko Clamatos y Mariscos – El Centro District
This is as local as you can get to flavors with Clamatos and Mariscos attracting both El Pasoans and visitors alike. Found at the Mercado Paisano indoor shopping center, Coco Loko also hosts Karoake nights and Mimosas and Jazz nights. Check their Facebook page for updates. Find Coco Loko at 400 S. Oregon St. suites 1,2,3, A in the El Centro District.
6.) Fresco Juice and Fruit Bar – Office District
You can never have too many healthy food options. If you need your fresh Juice, smoothie, cold pressed, fruit bar fix sated – this is the newest place to go. With clean contemporary urban style borrowed from big city trends, this fruit bar is a nice treat when you want something quick and healthy for breakfast or lunch. Fresco is located on 212 E. Mills Ave. in the Office District.
7.) NY Deli – Government District
The NY Deli offers fresh gourmet deli hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads, perfect for your breakfast or lunch needs. Downtown living and working requires having meal options that don’t take too much time, but still taste great. Located on the outskirts of the government district at 702 Myrtle.
8.) International – Las Plazas Arts District
At the south end of San Jacinto Plaza in the Las Plazas Arts District sits a bar called, International. With a loft style floorplan and a rooftop bar overlooking the Placita, International shows us how magical it can be to take advantage of existing architecture. The bar offers craft cocktails and food. 114A Mills Ave.