Now that we've gotten the Chico's debate out of the way, here are some more of the recommendations El Pasoans e-mailed for out-of-town visitors. Feel free to add more in the comments; I know our Sun Bowl visitors will appreciate it.
Seeing and Doing: Wyler Aerial Tramway, Magoffin Home, Hueco Tanks, White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns. Eating: Papa’s Burgers, Roscoe’s burgers, Mo’z BBQ, H&H Car wash, KiKi’s, and of course Cattlemans.
-- Ruben Candelaria
The best thing to do in El Paso is to take a drive to old Mesilla. The pecan trees are beautiful.
-- Kris Mena
Eat at L&J's restaurant, the steak taco's are awesome.
-- Marc S. Schultz
Out of towners should just take a day out on the town. Rent a car and drive around. El Paso is fairly simple to navigate, with the one major freeway cutting through the city. Stop and random places and converse with the locals. I always hear how visitors are so surprised at how friendly us El Pasoans are, and it is very true.
-- Rene Trejo Jr.
Visitors must see Scenic Drive. You get a great view of three states and two countries.
-- Jesus S. Carreon
Eats and Drinks: For the Clubby Crowd I'd recommend the Union Plaza District, for the more Upscale Clientele it would have to be The Dome Bar and Cafe Central and for the Casual Crowd it would have to be The Tap and El Pisto. Plus all these great places are in Downtown El Paso!
-- Hector Regalado
Take out-of-towners to eat breakfast at L&J’s to enjoy the best Mexican food in town; I especially recommend their Huevo Rancheros.
To work off that scrumptious breakfast, take them on a brief tour of the Historic Concordia Cemetery to visit notorious outlaw John Wesley Harden's grave and other famous people of El Paso’s past.
Drive them to Wyler tramway to get a great overview of El Paso.
A visit to El Paso wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Cowtown Boots or Tony Lamas.
For something different and spooky, the Magoffin Home, Sunset Heights Grocery and Monteleone’s restaurant are some of El Paso’s haunted history places.
-- Valerie Provencio
As far as eating, I would recommend a local business, Como's Italian Restaurant, located on N. Mesa. It is just a couple of blocks away from the Sun Bowl, so will be very convenient for the out-of-towners going to the game or staying nearby.
-- Lauren Ferris
I recommend that out-of-towners looking for real Mexican food go check out Mi Tierra Buffet on McRae. They also have the Mariachi/Ranchero singers that used to perform at Pueblito Mexicano in Juarez. So they can get a little of the old school Juarez vibe without having to go there.
-- Eric Sanchez
I'd recommend any out-of-towner to start by going for a drive on Scenic Drive, stopping for a bite to eat at either Avila's or Julio's Cafe Corona. And since going to Juarez is out of the question, tourists can go to Xicali's on North Loop or to Pro's Ranch Market for a near-Mexico shopping experience.
-- Erika Marquez
I'd recommend a shopping trip, not to Cielo Vista or the Outlet Mall, but to Mercado Mayapan. Good Stuff for a great cause. The Mission Trail holds a near and dear place in my heart, so I'd have to include a drive down Soccorro Road on the list (don't miss out on the art galleries in San Eli either).
-- Gabriel Trejo
Places to See and Eat: Cattleman's Ranch & Steak House is a great ranch with many animals. Beware of the rattle snake pit — yikes! Biggest steaks most out-of-towners will ever see. Good luck trying to finish the Cowboy steak.
Edge of Texas Restaurant. It's just cool to say you ate at the Edge of Texas, literally. Plus great food.
Carlos and Mickey's (not the one at the airport, the other one). Gotta love the crowd this place draws, not to mention the great music, and those HUGE margaritas.
Keystone Heritage Park. El Paso's conservation efforts at its best. Beautiful place too.
Mesa Street Bar and Grill. Just an amazing restaurant. Fine dining at its best.
The Dome. Great place to sit back and have a drink, and enjoy the sights.
-- Cynthia Ortiz
Thanks, everybody, for all the suggestions. I'd say our visitors should be able to easily leave full and happy.