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Modest Rehearsal Dinner in El Paso for 45 - HELP not from area!!

debvil Nov 6, 2013 09:07 AM

Hi TX Chowhounders - I am a CT Chowhound, my brother is getting married in el Paso in June and I am trying to help my mother plan a rehearsal dinner.

Any help is appreciated as we are not in the area and neither is the bride currently.

Approx 45 people (incl. kids)- a CASUAL meal is pref as my parents can't afford anything too crazy. The Wedding itself is a super casual backyard BBQ so modest is definitely the word. A private space inside or out is great if at all possible.

THANK YOU in advance for any tips or advice - my mom is stressing hard on this one.


  1. r
    Redraider2001 Nov 6, 2013 04:00 PM

    Cattlemens Steakhouse in Fabens, TX (20 min outside El Paso) is a winner and its realatively inexpensive. Its been on travel channel a few times - http://www.cattlemansranch.com/menu.htm

    Stateline BBQ is an OK place and may be a little cheaper and its closer to the center of ELP.

    Hope this helps - good luck

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    1. re: Redraider2001
      debvil Nov 7, 2013 04:09 AM

      thanks Redraider2001 - Cattleman's looks solid!

      Quick question I have also run into "Forti's Mexican Elder Restaurant" as having private space too - any opinion on the food at that place?

      1. re: debvil
        Redraider2001 Nov 7, 2013 06:45 AM

        Ive only been in ELP for 2 months and never eaten at Forti's. However, I have heard that Forti's is very solid and consistent. The mexican food in general is different here when compared to tex-mex found in south texas.

    2. c
      carfreeinla Nov 17, 2013 04:05 PM

      We had our rehearsal dinner at Avila's. It is a family tradition and often the food is subpar but they were easily able to handle a big party.

      1. Lambowner Nov 26, 2013 06:58 AM

        We had an event in a private room at Los Bandidos de Carlos & Mickey's, Tex Mex cuisine. It was good food at a very modest price. The staff was efficient and attentive. Cattlemen's is steak and therefore not inexpensive, at least the times I've been that was my experience.


        1. Lambowner Dec 29, 2013 12:45 PM

          Did you have a successful event?
          Oh, wait, June. Nevermind! :)

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