Beyond Mexican food El Paso restaurants also offer a variety of cuisine from around the globe


India Palace's lunch buffet (Image credit: India Palace website)

In any given area in El Paso you’re almost guaranteed to be near at least one Mexican restaurant at all times.

With the city’s proximity to Mexico, it’s not surprising that Mexican cuisine is such an essential part of El Paso’s one-of-a-kind culture. (Not to mention the fact that enchiladas, burritos, and any other queso-laden Mexican dishes are the bomb, amirite?)

However, while Mexican restaurants are the most popular in this town, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for cuisine from other countries and cultures. El Pasoans may not realize that our city is also home to restaurants with food inspired by more than 15 countries.

Next time you’re out and hungry, consider checking out the following restaurants for tasty, unique dining experiences that’ll transport you to different parts of the world.

Anointed Cuisine – Africa

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Beef stew with beans, rice, and fried plantains. (Image credit: Judy B. via Yelp)

“Come and taste the intense flavors of the African cuisine,” the restaurant invites on its Facebook page. Meat pies, jerk chicken, dumplings, and, of course, fried plantains are just some of the delicacies you can find at El Paso’s only African eatery.

Anointed Cuisine is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at its location on 3140 Lee Trevino.

Antojitos Caribenos – Caribbean

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With specialties like empanadas, pork sandwiches, fish, plantains, and more, Antojitos Caribenos truly brings island flavors to El Paso. The food truck has multiple units to serve its authentic Caribbean foods all around the city.

Antojitos Caribenos operates Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m at its location on 1796 George Dieter.

For more Caribbean cuisine in El Paso, also try 787 in 915.

Cafe Istanbul – Turkey

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Chicken shish kebab at Cafe Istanbul. (Image credit Cafe Istanbul via Facebook)

Get a taste of Turkey right here in El Paso! The newly-opened restaurant in the city’s West Side offers traditional Turkish dishes including doner kebab, tava, and baklava.

Cafe Istanbul is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at its location on 3551 Sun Bowl.

El Cuartito Azul – Argentina

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Open in the El Paso-Juarez area for eight years, the Argentinean restaurant serves empanadas, pastas, and lots of Argentinean steaks in its two El Paso locations. The restaurant also offers banquet and catering services for those who want to share the flavors of Argentina with family and friends.

El Cuartito Azul is open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at its location on 500 Thorn.

For more Argentinian cuisine in El Paso, also try Garufa.

El Jibarito Sabor Boricua – Puerto Rico

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Take a trip to Puerto Rico right here in Northeast-Central El Paso! The small restaurant serves up a wide variety of Puerto Rican dishes like pernil, chuletas, pastellitos, and relleno de papa.

El Jibarito Sabor Boricua is open Monday through Saturday from 11 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its location on 5810 Dyer.

For more Puerto Rican cuisine in El Paso, also try Maracas.

India Palace – India

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India Palace’s lunch buffet (Image credit: India Palace website)

Now El Paso’s only Indian restaurant, India Palace brings a wide variety of authentic, mega-flavorful Indian dishes including tandoori chicken, tikka masala, curry, palak paneer, and many more. The restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat buffet Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:30 to 2:30, so you can try a little (or a lot!) of everything.

India Palace is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at its location on 5380 N. Mesa Ste. 116.

Korea House – Korea

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Korean dishes at Korea House. (Image credit: Brittany Rhae Beart via Facebook)

Located in Northeast El Paso, Korea House is a quaint, locally-owned restaurant that serves fresh and authentic Korean foods. Choose from bibimbap, kimbap, bulgogi, and more from its eclectic menu.

Korea House is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at its location on 4601 Hondo Pass.

For more Korean cuisine in El Paso, also try Seoul, Kalbi House, and Chun Ju Korean Restaurant.

Limar’s Coffee – Columbia


Bandeja Paisa plate with white rice, fried egg, fried plantains, sausage, beans, and ground beef. (Image credit: Ivan M. via Yelp)

Empanadas, arepas, and bandeja paisa are just some of the tasty Columbian dishes served at Limar’s. The unique Northeast El Paso restaurant is the only Columbian restaurant in the city, so you’ll want to give it a try!

Limar’s Coffee is open Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at its location on 9740 Dyer.

Peter’s German Grill & Bakery – Germany


Bratwurst topped with sauerkraut and mustard. (Image credit: Peter’s German Grill & Bakery via Facebook)

The West El Paso restaurant serves up traditional German favorites, including bratwurst, schnitzel, and various desserts. Locally owned an operated by a native of Germany, the eatery caters to the El Paso and German-American communities alike.

Peter’s German Grill & Bakery is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at its location on 255 Shadow Mountain.

For more German cuisine in El Paso, also try German Pub and Little Bavarian.

Sinbad – Mediterranean and Middle East

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Sinbad offers spicy, flavor-packed dishes unlike any other! The West El Paso restaurant, decorated in a Middle Eastern theme, offers various Greek and Arabic-style foods like gyros, hummus and baba ganoush, falafel, and more.

Sinbad is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its location on 2716 N. Mesa.

For more Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine in El Paso, also try Zino’s, Nour, Salma Farah Mediterranean, Jerusalem Grill, and Gyro-Licious and More.

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