My journey to find some of the best restaurants in El Paso began with the popular Desert Oak Barbecue.
It’s a well-known place here in El Chuco thanks to some of their menu items like the El Paso Style baked potato, and their appearance on the hit show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” with Guy Fieri, well-known food critic.
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The well-known Desert Oak Barbeque is famous for its El Paso style stuffed potato.
Desert Oak BBQ is also known for its pulled pork, mac and cheese, and creamed corn.
If you want to visit Desert Oak BBQ you can find it on 1320 N. Zaragoza Rd.
They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until they are sold out.
Their BBQ is smoked for no less than 12 hours using Oakwood resulting in “prime beef and good quality” as stated on their website.
I headed to the restaurant on a Thursday morning accompanied by my older brother who would never pass up an opportunity to eat.
We arrived a few minutes before they opened, so we sat in our car and waited.
To my surprise, there were other cars in the parking lot eagerly awaiting the smoked barbecue.
Once they opened I was greeted by some very nice employees as we took a quick look at the restaurant.
It was very nice and clean. Multiple neat things were hung on the walls like a signed Guy Fieri poster.
My only complaint is that the restaurant itself is not big at all, and because of their local success, the seats do
get filled up quickly leaving you with no other option than to take the food home.
Fortunately for us, we were right on time.
The menu offered a variety of things including stuffed potatoes, pork ribs, pulled pork, beef ribs, mac and cheese, and many more BBQ staples.
My order was taken by the owner, Richard Funk.
He was very welcoming and accommodating as he let me take pictures of the store.
Isabella Avila/ Tejano Tribune
The well-known Desert Oak Barbeque is famous for its El Paso style stuffed potato. Desert Oak BBQ is also known for its pulled pork, mac and cheese, and creamed corn.
I ordered the ‘El Paso Style’ stuffed baked potato which includes a quarter pound of brisket, beans, cheese, butter, sour cream, chives and chile toreados.
My brother ordered the brisket sandwich as well as pulled pork and a side of creamed corn and mac and cheese; definitely a lot for two people.
The total price was $40.52 including tip, which may be a little steep for some but it surely pays off with the quality of the food.
The stuffed potato was my favorite because the brisket was perfectly tender and it was on top of a warm, buttery, cheesy potato.
The brisket sandwich was also a great selection thanks to its warm and toasty bun.
I don’t usually get pulled pork when I eat BBQ but this time I decided to try something new, and I was not disappointed with my decision.
The pork was just as good as everything else.
It came with a vinegar dressing on the side but I preferred it without because it gave the pork a very acidic flavor I did not enjoy.
The sides, mac and cheese and creamed corn, were flavorful and delicious, a must-have.
As we were eating, the restaurant quickly filled up, and I overheard other customers talking about seeing Desert Oak BBQ on TV as they eagerly awaited their food.
I was satisfied with my visit and would definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves quality Texas-style BBQ.
Everyone working was super kind and helpful, and very accommodating.
The service was exceptional and there was no wait for our food.
The price was high for a college student like me but worth the quality and amount of food you get.
Lastly, the food was excellent in quality and quantity.
Overall I rate Desert Oak BBQ a 4 out of 5 stars.