About Us

About

L&J CAFE

The L&J Cafe is a uniquely flavorful link between El Paso’s past and present. Originally known as “Tony’s Place”, the restaurant opened on the outskirts of El Paso in 1927, providing home cooking, home brew and slot machines through Prohibition.

Later renamed the “L&J Cafe,” a fourth generation now continues the family tradition. Delicious food and drink, excellent service and a historic (now central!) location make the L&J Cafe an enduring favorite among locals and lucky travelers alike.

RESTAURANT HOURS

MON

Closed

THU - FRI

11:00am to 7:00pm

SAT

9:00am to 7:00pm

SUN

9:00am to 5:00pm

BAR HOURS

MON - FRI

9:00am to Midnight

SAT

8:00am to Midnight

SUN

8:00am to 10:00pm

More Than

JUST A RESTAURANT

RESTAURANT

BAR

CATERING

SALSA

A long story

A LOT OF MENTIONS

  • El Paso Inc – Best of the Best 2019 – 1st place Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Chile Relleno, and Best Hottest Salsa. 2nd place Best Place to Take Out Of Towners and Best Menudo
  • El Paso Inc – Best of the Best 2018 – 1st place Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Chile Relleno, and Best Hottest Salsa. 2nd place Best Place to Take Out Of Towners, Best Burritos, Best Tacos, and Best Menudo
  •  USA Today – Best Tex Mex Restaurant in Texas 2018
  • What’s Up Magazine – Best of the Best 2017 – 1st Place for Best Service in Town, Best Chile Relleno, Best Menudo, Best Salsa, Best Mexican Restaurant, and Best Restaurant All Around
  • What’s Up Magazine – Best of the Best 2016 – 1st Place for Best Hottest Salsa, Best Mexican Restaurant, and Best Restaurant All Around
  • What’s Up Magazine – Best of the Best 2015 – 1st Place for Best Hottest Salsa
  • What’s Up Magazine – Best of the Best 2014 – 1st Place for Best Hottest Salsa and Best Mexican Restaurant
  • What’s Up Magazine – Best of the Best 2013 – 1st Place for Best Mexican Restaurant
  • What’s Up Magazine – Best of the Best 2012 – 1st Place for Best Mexican Restaurant
  • What’s Up Magazine – Best of the Best 2011 – 1st Place for Best Mexican Restaurant
  • What’s Up Magazine – Best of the Best 2008 – 1st Place for Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Hole In The Wall Restaurant
  • What’s Up Magazine – Best of the Best 2007 – 1st Place for Best Hole In The Wall and Dive Bar
  • Southwest Airlines (Spirit) September 2000 & December 2006
  • Southwest Dining Guide (Sabrosa) Spring 2004 Las Cruces, NM.
  • Southern Living Favorites (Special Issue 2004) Food Finds – The South’s Best Flavors
  • Southern Living – Feb. 2001
  • Navi America – 2001 Japanese Travel Guide
  • Southern Living – Aug. 2000
  • El Paso Times – Best of the Border – Best Mexican Restaurant City-Wide 2015
  • El Paso Times – Best of the Border – Best Mexican Restaurant in Central El Paso 2014
  • Cooking Light – March 2000
  • Texas Highways – Feb. 2000
  • Texas Monthly – Nov. 1999, The 75 Best Mexican Restaurants
  • Texas Monthly Restaurant Guide – April 1997
  • Texas Monthly – April 1997
  • Travel & Leisure – Nov. 1996
  • Good Morning America/El Paso’s Segment – Feb. 1996
  • El Sol Newspaper Restaurant Review – 1996
  • El Paso Times (El Tiempo) Restaurant Review – 1996
  • Saveur Magazine Jan. – Feb. 1996 Issue
  • The Texas Monthly Guidebook – El Paso, by Eric O’Keefe – 1995
  • City of El Paso Proclamation – Oct. 1995, Recognizing L & J Café as Guardias De La Cocina, Guardians of Our Kitchen & Our Beloved Border Cuisine
  • Best of the Border – 1st Place in Best Happy Hour – Dec. 1994
  • Best of the Border – 1st Place in Mexican Food – Dec. 1994
  • Best of the Border – Finalist in Mexican Food – Dec. 1993
  • Best Bar 1989 – The El Paso Times

Our Family

OUR TEAM

Leo Duran

OWNER

Frances Duran

OWNER

Vanessa Duran

CO-OWNER

Daniel Martinez

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Irma Baca

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Francisco Rodriguez

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Sergio Bustamante

RESTAURANT MANAGER

Richard Valenzuela

RESTAURANT MANAGER

VaJoel Zapata

ASSISTANT RESTAURANT MANAGER

Denisse De La Cruz

RESTAURANT SUPERVISOR

Irma Fernando Flores

KITCHEN MANAGER

Silvia Metz & Homero Ochoa

ASSISTANT KITCHEN MANAGER

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HALL OF FAME

  • Martha Stewart
  • Dascha Polanco
  • Brook Baldwin
  • Kaskade
  • Steve Aoki
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Vikki Carr
  • George Lopez
  • Sam Elliot
  • Katharine Ross
  • DeShon Elliot (Ravens)
  • Trevor Davis (Packers)
  • Alvin Jones (Ravens)
  • Aaron Jones (Packers)
  • Jeffery Wilson Jr (49ers)
  • Roy Robertson (Bears)
  • Shaquill  & Shaquem Griffin (Seattle Seahawks)
  • John Quinonez
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • Veronica Escobar
  • Elijah Wood
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Toby Keith
  • Idina Menzel
  • Faith Hill
  • Vincent D’Onofrio
  • Tony Hawk
  • [Earth, Wind & Fire]
  • Timothy Bradley.

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