El Paso may or may not be the capital of Texas Mexican food, but the restaurants do serve up a lot of Tex-Mex, and not just the staples. Many restaurants serve unique dishes and some change their menu constantly. Barbecue is also a staple of El Paso cuisine. Both styles of restaurants tend to be very affordable. A hop over the border into Ciudad Juarez rewards the diner with some very specifically Mexican cuisine, from brochette to red snapper cooked just so and spicy.
El Paso, like Corpus Christi, has some tejano and conjunto roots and some clubs have mariachi nights. The music scene is pretty diverse, with a lot of latin and latin-jazz, as well as hip hop, blues, and regular top-40 stuff. Flipping through the radio is good fun, also, especially if you’re looking for lyrics to supplement your Spanish. Not all top-40 stuff is American top-40 stuff. El Paso has a symphony orchestra and an opera for the more classically minded.