Buy El Paso Adventures: A Hidden Holiday Gem

This holiday season, explore one of El Paso County’s hidden gems that has as much beauty and charm as it has history: Socorro! Bring your family to find art, delicious food and craft beers, while sitting under the luminaria-lit plaza. Join us on this week’s Buy El Paso Adventure as we take you down to Socorro, Texas, for the Holidays!

Socorro is a town full of history and some of the oldest buildings in El Paso County. In recent years, the buzzing arts district has grown alongside more bars and restaurants in Socorro. This town will take you back in time, without going too far.

Our first stop on this journey was to local food truck Casa del Humo, so we could get a bite to eat. Here, we met husband-and-wife owners, Gabe and Melissa Padilla, who told us this food truck started as a quarantine hobby. Casa del Humo experiments with local flavors, serving barbecue primarily, but with a ‘Mexican flare.’ The truck also serves vegan and vegetarian barbecue options, as well as side dishes like sopita. These delicious dishes are sure to make your out-of-town family never want to leave.

Next, we went to a local art gallery, Casa Ortiz, where we met with Diego “Robot” Martinez to learn more about the growing art scene in Socorro. Casa Ortiz art gallery puts on many shows, featuring local artists who use a variety of unique mediums and who are inspired by the landscape, culture and history of our region, he says. Diego Robot added, everyone is invited to these shows and to come and support the local artists.

To end the evening, we went to have a craft beer at Three Missions Brewery. At the brewery, we met the owner and founder, Ricardo “Rick” Razo. Three Missions Brewery has a wide variety of beers on tap that change seasonally and based on availability as well as five flagship beers that are on tap every day. These five beers included a 5Cs IPA, Churro Stout, Pecan Beer, Blondale, and the most popular, a Pomegranate Beer.

It was the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a local beer and the beautiful aesthetic of the town, and a great way to end our Socorro Holiday Adventure.Remember to buy local and to Buy El Paso! If you own or work for a local business, please be a part of this year’s Buy El Paso Day, El Paso’s local business celebration, by signing up here.