Elemi in downtown El Paso has the distinct honor of being highlighted as one of Padma Lakshmi's favorite small businesses.

Rebeca Rodriguez
Rebeca Rodriguez

Padma Lakshmi is well known for hosting Top Chef on Bravo TV; she is also an actress and has authored many cookbooks. Her travels brought the celebrity chef to El Paso, where she tasted the unique cuisine and flavor that only Elemi can offer.

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For her new venture, the chef set out across the country to feature the cuisine that makes this nation’s culinary palette so diverse, and that included a stop in El Paso for her latest show, Taste The Nation, currently streaming on Hulu.

There she became she not only became an instant fan and was so enthralled with their cuisine that a few months after her visit, but she also took to social media to Elemi’s delicious El Campesino tacos, made with confit portobello mushrooms, grilled eggplant, avocado, queso, and black beans served with handmade blue-corn tortillas.

Lakshmi was so impressed by Elemi that she has named them as one of her favorite small businesses featuring them as part of Intuit QuickBooks #BackSmallBiz efforts as they help small businesses become more successful.

Elemi is a true hidden gem located in downtown El Paso off of Kansas and Mills. The restaurant owned by El Pasoans Emiliano and Kristal Marentes offers unique eats and flavors inspired by the border and our Mexican culture. The restaurant’s menu varies but always offers delicious selections, including various vegetarian and meat tacos and some of the most delicious brussels sprouts I've ever had.

It's no secret that our city offers some of the best food around, so it’s refreshing to see that the national spotlight keeps recognizing our unique border cuisine.

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