We live in Alamogordo, food mecca of the world (NOT), and were picking up my new grill in El Paso...a lovely little (the thing is freakin' HUGE) birthday present. The spousal unit wanted tapas, and did her usual research. She found two other places, but were closed on the day we were there, a Monday. Ruli's was where we ended up. The place was packed when we got there as they had a group of cheerleaders from UTEP doing some sort of recognition meal. We were greeted right away. Service was a bit different as we started with one person, then another took over, and then another. No biggie, service was still good. I went to take a look at what was on tap, and fell into conversation with the 'bartender' *Spoiler Alert* It was Ruli, the owner. Holy knowledgeable about his beer selection! True, there were only five on tap, but he knew anything and everything about each, and helped me pair my beer with my tapas....an experience very much worth mentioning. Ok....so my beer was spot on. The gorgeous critter sitting across the table from me, however, had a different experience. She ordered the Sangria. It appeared to be a multi-layered beverage...interesting. Once mixed, she swore up and down it had 'cola' in it. I assured her it was a carbonated spritzer. Eh, turns out it was diet Pepsi...let's just say she wasn't impressed. We ordered food...yummy, yummy food. Manchego cheese with prosciutto drizzled with honey. Shrimpies in a great garlic/chili infused oil. Lamb nuggets...perfect. Bangers and mash...lovely with the pint. Desert...brie with a cranberry/balsamic compote...vinegar was a bit much to be honest. *Editor's note: descriptions are from this author's feeble memory and limited vernacular.
Found at the end of a strip mall, across the street from UTEP, I was very happy that my better half ended us here for dinner, and look forward to going back for the one item we wanted but could not get....the rock crab wontons....they were out of crab, apparently a key ingredient.