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2012 - Spring Issue
¡Comidas Sabrosas!
Brunch on the Border
Article: Jessica Muncrief
Photos: Jesse Ramirez
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For a cozy weekend morning, consider going somewhere magical. The Magic Pan restaurant on Cincinnati Street now offers a delectable brunch menu on Sundays. You will surely be impressed by the unique dishes that have made this restaurant a favorite of El Pasoens who appreciate fresh, quality ingredients and beautiful presentation. Owner Annette Lawrence has familial roots in Beruit and elsewhere in Lebanon, but she is an El Paso native and a UTEP graduate. This intermingling of Mediterranean, American and Mexican influences is reflected in a cuisine that Annette classifies as "gourmet with a Southwestern flair." She and her daughter Vanessa Munoz are also the visionaries behind the elegant interiors. The décor was purchased from as far away as Bali and as close as local furniture makers. The decorative lighting, copper accents, textured walls and colorful artworks create the perfect balance of comfort and style. From the décor to the menu, this delightful eatery is a modern fusion of cultures and flavors.


The Magic Pan
(serving brunch)
226 Cincinnati St.
El Paso, TX  79902
5034 Doniphan Dr.
El Paso, TX  79932
(915) 581-2121

Validated parking for the garage on Glory Road.
If brunch has you in the mood for breakfast fare, you have a tough decision to make. The French toast is made from freshly baked Hawaiian bread coated in cornflakes. It is fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside and sweetly dusted with powdered sugar. With a side of warm syrup, crisp bacon and fresh fruit, this meal is the ultimate breakfast indulgence. I would also suggest the very popular eggs benedict. This dish comes with perfectly roasted, bite-size potatoes and thick sausage links, but it is the wonderfully flavorful hollandaise sauce infused with chipotle that will have you raving to your friends. In fact, The Magic Pan's homemade sauces and dressings are one of the reasons this restaurant is truly special. "All our sauces and dressings are made here in our kitchen and we don't carry any of your typical, bottled salad dressings," says Annette. Instead the kitchen is busy making fabulous concoctions such as honey Tabasco dressing, apricot chipotle sauce, olive tapenade, mango black pepper dressing and chipotle BBQ sauce.

For an ingenious mix of breakfast and lunch in one dish, try the the chile relleno quiche. Eggs, chopped green chiles, cheddar jack cheese and a topping of the egg batter traditionally used to coat chile rellenos are baked into this savory pie. It really does taste like a relleno and it is a delicious twist on a local favorite.

For lunch lovers, there is also an eclectic mix of salads, soups and sandwiches available. The tlalpeno, a spicy tortilla soup flavored with chipotle and chicken, is an appetizing option. Another is the gobbler salad which comes replete with the quality ingredients The Magic Pan is famous for—smoked turkey, jack cheese and pecans with a fan of avocado slices on top. The thick slice of lemon bread on the side is made in house, as are several other varieties such as pecan cornbread, foccacia, banana nut bread and zucchini bread.

A full bar is on site for all your favorite brunch beverages including aguas frescas, Italian cream sodas, passion fruit iced tea, red sangria, and Bloody Mary's. And you cannot go wrong with the traditional mimosa made with fresh squeezed orange juice. They also boast an impressive selection of wine, domestic and international beers, and liquors.

No brunch is complete without a sweet ending and there are certainly some enticing options here, all homemade of course. The tiramisu with its delicate chocolate swirls, ladyfinger garnish and dusting of cinnamon looks like a work of art. The key lime macadamia pie is a creamy, citrusy treat. The bakery also regularly turns out a delicious plethora of cakes, cookies, scones, brownies and other fabulous desserts.

If you feel like spending a relaxing brunch at home, The Magic Pan also has you covered. All their fresh baked breads can be purchased by the loaf and whole pies and quiches are available as well. Whether you eat at the restaurant or savor their treats at home, one thing is for certain, The Magic Pan will not disappoint. ///
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