Pati Jinich, the famous Mexican chef, is currently in El Paso for a couple of weeks and has been asking locals to suggest where to eat while she’s in town.

Alex Markow

Pati Jinich, born and raised in Mexico City, is best known for her James Beard Award-winning and Emmy nominated television series Pati's Mexican Table on PBS. 

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Interestingly enough, before Jinich became a TV personality, cookbook author, and food writer, she served as a political analyst.

Last week on Friday, Jinich announced on social media that she would be in town, saying:  

Well getting ready to travel again, this time for two weeks. I am headed to El Paso and I’m so excited because I’ve been trying to get there for 3 or 4 years. If hoy are from there leave me a comment on where to eat! 

Since that post went up, El Pasoans have suggested their favorite restaurants, including Ardovino's Desert Crossing, which she visited yesterday afternoon.




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In another post, she tagged herself at the old-school Italian eatery sharing a picture of a flower saying:

A flower from the borderlands. It’s color as intense as the emotions flowing in the region. If you have favorite foods in El Paso/Ciudad Juárez, please, continue to share!

El Pasoans have been flooding her Facebook and Instagram with comments and suggestions on where to visit.

Recommendations include everything from Bowie Bakery, Cafe Mayapan, Cattleman's Steak House, and even Chico's Tacos, to name a few places.

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It’s not uncommon to have celebrity chefs roll through town showcasing our cities culture and cuisine on their traveling food shows. But while we're not sure if Pati is scouting locations or just in town to soak up our desert vibe and superb Mexican cuisine, we hope she enjoys her time in El Paso.

In the meantime, you can keep up with Pati Jinich and her El Paso food tour via her Facebook page and on Instagram.

Alex Markow

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