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   THE BARBECUE EXPERIENCE  A State Line Runs Through It
2010 - Volume 1 Issue 1
¡Comidas Sabroso!
Great Barbecue
Article: Joe Burgess
Photos: courtesy of The State Line
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Thirty-three years and still El Paso’s favorite barbecue restaurant can only mean that consistent quality and service are the foundation of The State Line. Opened in 1977, Assistant General Manager Kevin McGuire says the restaurant continues to serve the slow-smoked (18-20 hours) certified Black Angus beef that set the standard for El Paso. Their sauces, bread and desserts are made fresh daily, their servers undergo intense training and, as you would expect, the portions are large.


The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr.
El Paso, TX

11:30 am to 9:30 pm

11:30 am to 10:00 pm

11:30 am to 9:00 pm

Side Door Liquor Store
open till 12:00 am
“We are very serious about the quality of both the food we serve and the experience we provide our customers,” Kevin states. “When our customers return, we want them to bring family, friends and business associates, and there is only one way to accomplish that. It has to be a great meal in every sense of the word.”

Consistency at the restaurant is aided by the fact that there are years of experience guiding The State Line. General Manager Mike Shahan has 27 years with the restaurant and Kevin has 25. “The only changes to the menu during that time have been a few additions,” Kevin relates. “The favorites are still the barbecued brisket, beef ribs, sausage and baby back pork.”

The restaurant can easily handle large groups coming in off the street, although it never hurts to call ahead. The large home-style platters and bowls of food are popular with families and groups. There is a large selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks available with the most popular alcoholic drink being the Rita Grande, a Margarita served in a 32-ounce tin (shaker) and you pour your own individual drink from it. Also gaining in popularity is State Line’s large selection of craft beer. Kevin says that the trend for alcoholic drinks with meals appears to be leaning more toward beer and The State Line offers a larger selection than anyone else around.

That brings up the Side Door Liquor Store, opened at the end of 2008 as an additional service for the area. The store carries a large selection of liquor and recently expanded to a total of almost 200 varieties of craft beer. For those who enjoy working their way through the craft beer selections, the Side Door lets you mix your six packs and cases. And the liquor store staff is knowledgeable of the basic qualities – lighter, darker, a heavier beer that goes well with steak and barbecue… One more important point is that even though The State Line is an El Paso icon, the Texas/New Mexico boundry actually runs through it. Most of the restaurant lies on the New Mexico side of that line, meaning that the liquor store is open on Sundays and until midnight every night. Liquor stores located in Texas are required to close on Sundays and at 9:00 pm nightly. If you find yourself short of wine for a Sunday evening dinner or you run out of beer during your Friday night pool party, there’s an option as close as Sunland Park Drive and Doniphan.

Back to the barbecue, you can pick up an order to go at The State Line or have the order for your pool party shipped overnight directly to your house from ///
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