El Paso Texas Dinning out of Town

At 1200 County Club Road in upper valley El Paso sits the Billy Crews. Billy Crews is a Wine Spectator Magazine Award winner for 20 years. The cellar holds up to 23,000 bottles of wine. The restaurant is also known for its 200 imports of wine and beer. Wine prices range from $15 to $600.

Billy Crews features lunch from 12 -3 PM. A brief overview of the lunch menu:

Escargot $8

Calf Fries $7 (Rocky Mountain Oysters)

Available on the dinner menu is:

Custom-Cut Steaks: Rib-eye1 3/4 lb for $15

Pre-Cut steaks: Filet mignon 6 oz. $14

Live entertainment four nights a week. October features Louie Imai and Garry Orr. You will also enjoy the patio beer-tasting event held on October 17, 2009. An updated events list is available at www.BillyCrews.com. Reservations are also accepted at reservations@billycrews.com.

For a trip downtown on Sunday morning, stop in at the Azulejos, 101 South El Paso Street, featured at the Camino Real Hotel. Azulejos is known for its casual family atmosphere and full breakfast buffet. Sunday brunch is featured from 10:30 AM-2:30 PM ($18.95, $15.95 for seniors, $9.95 for 6-12 and children under 5 eat free).

On the buffet you will feast on all your favorites: made-to-order omelette, Belgian waffles, and several other entree options with fresh pastries made daily. Breakfast buffet is $10.95 (children under 5 eat free). For more information contact the Camino Real Hotel at (915) 534-3024 or toll free at 1-800-769-4300. Or visit the website at: www.caminoreal.com/elpaso.

If Southwestern barecue is more your style, travel down to 1222 Sunland Park Drive, El Paso, to The State Line. Your children will love the juke box and the photographs of famous 1940s stars. Lunch and dinner are served daily.

Order the Country-Style Platter, an all-you-can-eat meal featuring three options. The first option comes with the choice of 3 meats, potatoes, cole slaw, beans, and ice cream. Price is $19.99/person. The second option of 5 meats, $22.99. Call The State Line directly at (915) 581-3371.

For those in the mood for a scenic drive, travel to the foothills of Mt. Cristo Rey, New Mexico, where the Ardovino’s Desert Crossing and Mecca Lounge has been since 1949. Enjoy breakfast on the patio and the farmer’s market.

Piano jazz is a favorite in the Mecca Lounge. Cocktails are offered in the Mecca from 4 PM -1 AM and a dinner menu is served Thursday-Saturday (5-10 PM). For more information call Ardovino’s Desert Crossing and Mecca Lounge at (505) 589-0653.

Last but certainly not least is the Rancher’s Grill, also located in New Mexico. The Rancher’s Grill is the all-American food choice for locals and guests alike and won’t hurt your wallet.

Let’s start with dessert first! Your mouth will water when you see the giant sizes of cheesecake and cobbler. They are named rightly so, with prices so low everyone will want a piece.

Colossal Chocolate Cheese $5.69

Ice Cream Crisp $5.29 (available in Oreo or Strawberry)

Colossal Peach Cobbler $4.99 (made fresh daily)

The kids will also enjoy their favorite kids’ meal. From the foot-long corn dog to the junior shrimp plate, the meals are conveniently priced under $6. Also available is the one-trip soup and salad bar for $1.99.

However, just for you, enjoy the classics or the mouthwatering specials. Classics include Cowboy Burger, a 10-ounce sirloin for $8.49; Rio Norte, a teriyaki-marinated chicken breast for $9.69; and the Catfish, two portion sizes for $8.99/$12.99.

The specialties are fajitas (3 portion sizes from $10.99-$19.99); Vaquero, a 10-ounce steak smothered in green chilies and Monterey Jack cheese ($10.99); and the Shish Kabobs, your choice of beef or chicken (also available in two portion sizes $10.99/$14.99). Check out the Rancher’s Grill online at http://www.ranchersgrill.com.

So whether you are passing through El Paso or a long-time resident, you will get fabulous pictures of the landscape, artifacts, and western flare. But make sure to visit the above five best restaurants in the area for the experience your tastebuds have longed for!