El Paso is a frontier city. Situated in the westernmost tip of Texas, El Paso is a 600-mile drive through a dry, desert landscape to the state capital of Austin. With a towering backdrop of the Franklin Mountains on one side and the Rio Grande border on the other, it’s a city molded by its natural boundaries.
True to its name, El Paso is an international passageway, connecting Texas to the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez. In 2007, The New York Times reported that “the El Paso-Juárez region is the largest bilingual, binational work force in the Western Hemisphere.” El Paso’s fusion cuisine, which combines Tex-Mex flair with traditional Mexican flavors and ingredients from neighboring New Mexico, reflects the city’s reputation as a welcoming stop for immigrants, laborers, and travelers — and everyone else just passing through for a bite to eat.