Red Mountain Bistro – El Paso, Texas
Red Mountain Bistro – El Paso, TexasNov 13
If you have yet to head over to Resler Drive in West El Paso for an evening spent at Red Mountain Bistro then you have surely been missing out. From the salvaged retro “El Paso” sign and live music on the patio, to the efficiently laid out open kitchen, dining room and full bar, Red Mountain transforms a small strip mall unit into an intimate upscale American bistro serving up some of El Paso’s finest dishes with a commendable attention to detail. Named one of the 10 best Texas restaurants by Texas Monthly last January, the bistro’s signature cocktails and seafood flown in daily from Honolulu set the establishment apart in this landlocked city. Red Mountain is the perfect spot for a romantic evening, a group dinner before a night out on the town, or an upscale Sunday brunch, just be sure to bring your appetite.
With an eclectic range of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, entrees and the newly added “gastro bistro” menu, it is difficult to go wrong at Red Mountain, but their seafood, which may just be the freshest in the Sun City, is the route to take. For starters I highly recommend the Crab Wonton Tacos ($12) with its perfect combination of complimentary textures and flavors or the Woodley’s Tuna($14) featuring fresh Hawaiian ultra-big eye tuna. For the more carnivorous of diners I recommend the intensely flavored skewers of filet tips, homemade Spanish chorizo, fried manchego cheese with chili oil and lemon zest ($12). Seafood also shines on the entree list, particularly when compared to the lackluster cuts of steak. Highlights include the Mero Sea Bass with shiitake mushrooms, black rice, baby bok choy and a sweet chile glaze ($37) and the perfectly cooked Ora King Salmon with sautéed spinach, risotto arancini (slightly on the dry side) and chile burre blanc ($28). The homemade pastas are also worth trying for their savory flavor combinations, although the fettuccine in my Shrimp Pesto was cooked beyond al dente and contributed to a less than preferable melding of textures (redemption came in the form of four oversized, perfectly cooked shrimp).
Even if you lack an appetite, Red Mountain’s hand-made cocktails are worthy of a trip to the bistro themselves. Mixology must run in the family for the two brothers who serve up Red Mountain’s signature drinks; the cocktails are well thought out, fresh, complex and described as multi-sensory experiences (hence the intense aroma of the still smoking piece of lit rosemary acting as a stirrer in the Rosemary Pomegranate Martini). My favorites include the muddled to order Fresh Fruit Mojitos ($9) and the perfectly balanced and nearly addictive Heather with pear vodka, elderberry liqueur and fresh lime juice ($8). If it is a Sunday however, you just may find me indulging in a green chili infused vodka Bistro Bloody (or three), maybe we will see you there!
Red Mountain Bistro
631 North Resler Drive
El Paso, Texas