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G & R Restaurant
401 E. Nevada Ave.
El Paso, TX
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Cooking Oil: Lard
Smoking: No Smoking
Best Items: Chile con Queso, Chiles Rellenos, Guacamole
Chile con Queso:
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The G & R is one of El Paso's longest-running restaurants and it serves the traditional "old style"
Mexican food. For better or worse the traditional food is becoming less common, with people
desiring new dishes (new to the border, that is--actually most of the "new dishes" come from the
interior of Mexico or other parts of the country such as California).
G & R also uses the traditional El Paso cooking style--that is, with lard. Like MSG in Chinese food, lard enhances the flavor and gives the taste that many associate with El Paso food. It also leaves an aftertaste, as well as helping to put on the pounds. This is one tradition I'd like to see changed, and is one reason I really don't like G & R very much.
With this disclaimer, though, some reasons can be outlined why you might like the food here, as many people do. The comment I have heard from many people is that they love the Chile con Queso, as do I, and this may be the best in El Paso. Served in a very hot green chile, the chunks of cheese floating around in it seem to have just the right flavor and texture. Served as part of the combination dinner (#20 on the menu for as long as I can remember), this is actually a great deal and comes with two of my other favorite items--guacamole and a chile relleno.
The Guacamole is fresh, spicy, and delicious.
The Chile Relleno is one of the items made with lard, but is one of the few in the city served without sauce on top (and thus one of the better ones).
While the G & R would not be my top recommendation for visitors who wish to sample El Paso Mexican food, it would be suggested for those who are staying a while, if nothing else just to sample some of the greatest chile con queso in the world.
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