Nora Feliu-Vasquez tells us she always wanted a restaurant but didn’t know what kind of food to serve. Her answer rested in the hands of her father, “I learned how to cook from my father and he loved to cook traditional Spanish and Mexican food,” she said.
Nora’s new restaurant, El Tenedor just moved into 414 E. San Antonio Ave. in downtown, El Paso. A couple of doors down from world famous bar and restaurant The Tap and close to the county courthouse, the unassuming façade does not speak to the warm atmosphere you find when first setting foot in the restaurant. The décor does well to create an upscale feeling without lending itself entirely to pretension. The focus is almost certainly centered on the food.
After Nora chose to create a menu that stemmed from her father’s vast array of traditional recipes, she went into the catering business at first. After a year of success, the choice was made to open a restaurant in downtown.
Traditional Spanish and Mexican food has already sprung a well of repeat customers, “Customers come in and tell us it tastes just like their mother used to make,” Nora said. “I feel the food is just so rich and delicious, confessing that she often hears her customers say aloud, ‘Que rico!’” As if on cue, we at the INSIDER heard just that from a gentlemen only two tables away.
“I was blessed with a wonderful cook that used to own his own restaurant but got burnt out. He was more than happy to work for us, if even if for a modest salary at the moment,” she said.
Don’t expect “Tex-Mex” versions of Mexican food at El Tenedor. Food selections include, Mexican classics such as chicken enmoladas and poblano peppers stuffed with beef, caldillos and asados. Other menu items include, paella, Spanish chicken, and various tapas. This only scratches the surface but a menu like this is better served with a buffet photographs. Enjoy!
El Tenedor will be open on Valentine’s Day from 8am to 4pm, and they deliver in the downtown area!
For more information call (915) 727-9789 or (915) 600-5910