Ripe Eatery – El Paso, Texas
910 East Redd Road
Ripe Eatery – El Paso, TexasJul 23
Part of Ripe’s charm is in its story – a restaurant born from a brother and sister’s lifelong affinity for all things related to food. The brother plays the role of chef and does so quite well; Ripe consistently turns out fresh, well prepared dishes utilizing local ingredients when possible (an added plus in my book), and I have yet to be disappointed. The sister runs the operation and manages a staff that makes every Ripe experience a pleasant one in a relaxed, upbeat atmosphere you can’t help but enjoy. There is nothing particularly flashy or distinctive about Ripe, but the allure is in their dependability and universal appeal; they offer a wide selection of dishes that are sure to please even the most discerning of diners, both carnivores and vegetarians alike. Although their location on Redd Road makes it slightly off the beaten path for anyone living on El Paso’s East Side, it has quickly become our go to for weekend brunch (Crave previously held this coveted spot but the 45 minute Saturday table wait led to its oust) or for a quiet weeknight meal out.
Ripe’s diverse menus, whether for weekend brunch, lunch or dinner may spark some internal strife as you try to narrow down your selection. For brunch I typically opt for the “Green Eggs and Ham” Omelet with smoked ham, caramelized onion, roasted green chile and goat cheese ($9.50), while my friends are big fans of the Caprese Benny with fresh mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, basil pesto, soft poached eggs and homemade hollandaise ($11) and the Blueberry-Ricotta Cakes ($8.50). No brunch would be complete without one of Ripe’s specialty mimosas – arguably El Paso’s best – with your choice of mojito, raspberry, mango, white peach or black cherry and cava ($8). Off the lunch and dinner menus I recommend trying the Asparagus and Goat Cheese Flatbread with marinated onions and roasted tomatoes ($9) or the Poached Pear Salad with toasted hazelnuts, goat cheese and sweet pear balsamic ($11) for starters. There are a variety of tempting paninis and sandwiches for your main course, but for a heavier entrée I recommend the Pistachio Pesto Pasta with spinach, mint, sautéed veggies and skewered grilled shrimp ($17), Pecan Crusted Salmon with couscous risotto of spinach, artichokes, tomato and pesto ($20) or the vegetarian friendly Curried Coconut Veggie Tagine with coconut brown rice, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, cauliflower and almonds ($14).
Although they lack a full liquor license, Ripe serves 12 beers on tap, another 10 by the bottle and roughly 20 wine selections, as well as refreshing mixed drinks like their Frozen Mango Wine-a-rita, Peach Bellini and Cucumber Mint Wine Spritzer, each for $7. If you still need another reason to give Ripe a try, liven up your week with Ripe’s “El Happy Hour” featuring $3 16 oz. drafts, and ½ off wine and appetizers (3-6 PM Mon-Fri) or featured weeknight specials like the $8 burgers and $2.50 Mexican beers on “I’m So Happy Tuesdays,” maybe we’ll see you there…
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910 East Redd Road
El Paso, Texas 79912