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La Paloma Restaurant No. 2 (Closed)
9225 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX
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Hours: Closed Sun.
Cooking Oil: Vegetable
Smoking: No Smoking
Best Items: Chicken Mole, Red Enchiladas, La Paloma Special
Pico de Gallo:
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La Paloma No. 1 was a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant in South El Paso known for its chile con queso hamburger
steak (La Paloma Special) and greasy french fries. Some family members went out Dyer Street to what was then
the edge of town to open No. 2 with just about the same food and the same 1950's-era diner decor. No. 2, though,
improved on the food and charged higher prices, being in "prosperous" Northeast El Paso.
Today La Paloma No. 1 is closed and No. 2 has built a much larger and more modern facility. The food is just as good as ever, and I think it is actually better. The La Paloma Special has always been one of the specialties of the house. The hamburger steak is about the same as the ones found at any restaurant, but the chile con queso poured on top is one of the best I've experienced.
Although La Paloma has never claimed that their Chicken Mole is a specialty, I have always thought it is one of the best. I do not think it is authentic, and the owner admits it is made from a mix, but it has a good strong flavor and texture that I like. The chicken is not exclusively white meat, but there are substantial chunks of it.
The Red Enchiladas are quite good--with a deep red chile that is similar to New Mexico style, they are some of my favorites in El Paso. Although the heat index overall is about standard for El Paso, the red enchiladas are close to a 5.
The real standout item here is the complimentary Flour Tortilla served with every dinner--it goes great with refried beans and chicken mole.
The Pico de Gallo served with the chips is one of the best anywhere.
La Paloma was one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants when I lived in northeast El Paso, and it continues to be one of the best in the city.
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