Six reasons why Texas’s westernmost city has gone from sleepy border town to must-see destination―almost overnight.
Since opening in 2008, Crave Kitchen & Bar has been El Paso’s hot spot for breakfast and lunch. The 40-seat diner combines chicken-and-waffle tradition with quirky decor: A thousand forks and spoons hang from the ceiling. cravekitchenandbar.com
Galeria San Ysidro owner Harl Dixon makes annual trips to Morocco, India, Peru, and Mexico to fill his 60,000-square-foot warehouse with armoires and wrought iron relics perfect for a Texas hacienda. Best to get a GPS before roaming this three-story trove! 915-544-4444
The view from the Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park is, in one word―magnificent.
The boots here cost as much as a used Ford ($1,200 is mid-range), but each pair is like a story in leather. And the Rocketbuster Handmade Custom Boots showroom acts as a shoe store/art gallery that both Taylor Swift and Tom Cruise would love.
Saved from demolition with last-hour donations in 1987, the 2,055-seat Plaza Theatre is now the architectural crown jewel of downtown. A $32-million refit in 2007 and the intact 1930 Wurlitzer pipe organ have
kept the mojo going.