Travel advice for El Paso, TX please!
October 9, 2016 8:12 AM   Subscribe

Hey MeFites of and familiar with El Paso! I'm going to be traveling to your fair city in the near future and I'd like to know what to check out. I am a special snowflake traveler as you will know if you've encountered my previous travel asks, so more under the cut.

I'm going to be in El Paso for about 24 hours for work later this month. I will have a car. I do not recall specifically what area of town I'm staying in, but I'm happy to drive around El Paso.

Food: I am allergic to gluten and soy, and I am lacto-vegetarian. I would like to know where to get delicious vegetarian Tex-Mex, because Tex-Mex is awesome. I could also use a breakfast spot, and if there's a good place to get grits, Tex-Mex breakfast with potatoes or beans rather than eggs, that would be awesome.

Tea: I drink a lot of tea. Where's a good spot for tea? Bonus if it's a good spot to hang out and read or work for a while.

Arts and culture: I love art museums, historical museums, zines, local art spots, weird random museums, quirky bookstores... Basically if there's cool stuff I should check out in El Paso, please let me know! I do have some mobility issues and can't do a lot of stairs or more than a few miles walking total in a day, but as I said above I will have a car and can walk some.

Safety: I am a small, gender-nonconforming lesbian with some mobility issues. I understand a little Spanish, but can't speak much. If there are parts of town I should stay out of, please let me know - I am not super worried and I travel frequently for my job, but it never hurts to know this kind of thing.
posted by bile and syntax to Travel & Transportation around El Paso, TX (4 answers total)
The Chamizal National Monument is small, very worth a pop-in.

The Wyler Aerial Tramway is a nice ride, if you can stand heights.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:37 AM on October 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

Hueco Tanks is outside of town, but the petroglyphs are amazing and the history is very interesting.
posted by kamikazegopher at 11:34 PM on October 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

It has been more than 15 years since I spent several months there, so I can't recommend specific sites, but I will say when I lived there (as a butch dyke) I felt totally at ease. At least at that time, El Paso was a remarkably relaxed and chill city, so much so that there were rumors/theories that a high lithium level in the local water supply may have been a factor.
posted by latkes at 10:58 AM on October 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

Eloise is a cafe/bar on the west side of town that specializes in veg and vegan options. The food is great, and the cocktails are always a pleasure - I go there at least once every trip to EP.
posted by dobi at 11:28 AM on October 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

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