We all know that in Texas, everything is bigger. And you’ll be pleased to know that brunch in El Paso is no exception to this rule. We’re not just talking big portions either; our pick of the 10 best brunch spots are big on taste, creativity and atmosphere too.
Tom’s Folk Café
Cafe, Restaurant, American, South American, Mexican, Seafood, $$$
With a cozy atmosphere of eight tables, hearty country-style servings, friendly staff and creatively composed dishes Tom’s Folk Café is a great spot for a casual meal. Check out the gravy fries or crawfish Mac and Cheese or Beef Cheek Mole if you’re on the more lunch end of the brunch spectrum. If you’re looking for a deal, the Church Picnic Sampler has more than enough food to fill you up, and then some for $14.
A gourmet gastro pub, the Hoppy Monk serves up artisan food (check out the fried mushrooms or rabbit tacos) and incredible burgers. Come for the food, stay longer for the craft beers and be sure to try the renowned Blue Fox burger with a perfectly toasted bun while you’re here.
An excellent spot for Sunday brunch, there are comfy booths and some great food on offer, including the excellent lox. Get here early as tables fill up fast. Try the hash browns, margarita lime fries (not kidding), Nutty Texan, and the simple but classic ‘make your own omelet’ station.
Crave Kitchen and Bar offers exceptional service and coffee in addition to the best breakfast in town. Egg Sammy is a hit, as are the blueberry pancakes with lemon curd if you fancy something sweeter. For something closer to the lunch side of things try the Green Chile Mac’n’Cheese or the sweet potato and waffle fries to go with one of their many burgers.
Offering everything from Chipotle Brisket to huge BBQ salmon sandwiches and fresh mozzarella-packed Caprese Burgers, the Ripe Eatery & Market is a place to go with an appetite. They also have classics such as a green eggs and ham omelet and a banana beer that goes great with breakfast.
Great food, wait staff and atmosphere have boosted the profile of this new restaurant on the scene. The wonderful omelets also don’t hurt. For more of a boozy brunch check out the great beer, wine and speciality cocktail choices to go with one of their soft pretzels smeared in house-made hot mustard. The flat bread pizzas and lamb burgers also offer a little something different to go with the vibe.
A traditionalEl Paso breakfast spot, Good Luck Café has friendly service and Mexican-style food. Prices aren’t bad and you can brush up on your Spanish as you order picaddio, tocino, papas fritas, and frijoles. Tables may be in demand on weekends, but seats at the counter can make it worth your while.
You may think you’ve just walked into a biker bar here, but keep walking through the several small rooms to reach the café with a helpful staff, friendly atmosphere and great Mexican style cuisine. L&J features superb food and lively music. Be sure to check out the Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas.
Get that small town feel as you step into this 50s style diner and chow down on large portions while you enjoy great service, even when it’s packed. A top pick for any El Paso local (with plenty of regulars), and a great stop for visitors, New Clock is not only reasonable but offers an extensive menu and sits right in the heart of the city.
For those looking for a vegan-friendly restaurant, the Green Ingredient (GI) is your spot. Hiding inside the Chase building, this organic restaurant serves up incredible raw tacos, coconut brown rice, and veggie lasagna. With a calm atmosphere, excellent staff, and great food, this place packs a punch. They also boast flavorful smoothies with optional chia seeds.