Most locals will say that the longer you stay in El Paso, the more you grow to love it. I couldn't agree more. Over the 2 years that I've lived in El Paso, I've cultivated a sincere admiration for this city's warm Southwestern spirit and vibrant history. I'm over the moon excited about our move to New York but I still have a few things to see in my dusty second home.
It is a little known fact outside of the Sun City but El Paso's downtown represents some of the most striking architecture in the Southwest. Because there are so many beautiful and historic areas, I've divide the downtown into a few posts which will include some of our favorite businesses, eateries, and, of course, watering holes.
Nate and I started our day with a little BBQ from Tommy's Barbecue. I've heard from several locals that Tommy's is the best kept secret in town. I haven't tried all the BBQ in town so I can't claim to know whether it provides the very best but it certainly was delicious and perfectly packaged for a picnic in San Jacinto Plaza.
Picnic in San Jacinto Plaza
San Jacinto Plaza has been a staple gathering place in El Paso for almost 200 years. It has seen several renovations over the years and, at one point, even hosted some alligators in its pond. The city recently revamped the park again adding an alligator sculpture in honor of its formers dwellers, lush landscaping, and several outdoor games. After a little picnic of Tommy's BBQ, I would highly recommend you check out Coffee Box for a quick afternoon pick me up.
Stroll through Historic Magoffin
We took a little afternoon mender through the historic Magoffin Neighborhood and around downtown to work off our BBQ ending with a toast at one of our favorite craft beer spots.
Craft & Social
Nestled in a historic shop, Craft and Social has a vintage appeal with a contemporary edge. With about 20 craft beers on tap and several bottle options, we always find something we love or have been wanting to try. They also have an IPA from our favorite local brewery, Deadbeach, on tap, which you certainly won't regret trying!