what an interesting place marfa is. the manhattan art world of texas? pretty mind boggling. beautiful courthouse and little downtown too.
thank goodness the fairly recently reopened PAISANO hotel was full, upon inspection it looked like it was catering to retirees anyway. the nice manager called around and got us a room in the old thunderbird motel instead. the PAISANO is beautiful though. a must if you're a james dean fan i guess. we sat at the horseshoe bar in the restaurant area and had some decent herradura margs (but made with a bottled mix, ugh) and a nice shrimp quesadilla.
we went to MAIYA'S next and i almost had a heart attack seeing the manhattan food menu, prices, and soho-ish stylings of the place. had a beer and bought a nice baseball cap.
in the morning ate at the THUNDERBIRD diner at our motel, i had excellent huevos rancheros. for lunch we ate at MIKE'S PLACE, nice enchilladas and afterward had a glass of wine at the bookstore next door--yes we are still in marfa.
not enough time to try MANDO'S and CARMEN'S tho they were rec'd. also rec'd was THE PIZZA FOUNDATION--i have a feeling you can get a real ny slice there.
the chinati foundation aka the donald judd museum tour is not to be missed, just an awe inspiring setting and real zen modern artwork if you are into it. i wouldn't expect anything less from a dia sponsored institution. its the reason marfa,texas has that arty ny vibe. also, the marfa lights are the freakiest thing i have ever seen. spooky!
on the way back we enjoyed a late afternoon stop at the balmorehea springs (like austin's barton springs). i like swimming with little fish between my toes and loved that depression-era/wpa look of the place. also, we got these tasty lime slushy (non-alcohol) drinks at CHUY'S in new hope on the way back to el paso. see:
i'll hit big bend next time, a juarez bullfight opportunity pulled me back from it this trip.