Dining Cowboy-Style in the West Texas Desert
The sprawling Cattleman’s Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch, located 25 miles southeast of El Paso, truly brings to life a European’s fantasy of the American Old West. The restaurant is the hub of a complex whose orbit contains a horse hotel, hay rides, western movie sets, a covered wagon camp, corrals, tack rooms, and even an authentic stagecoach route crossing the historic property. Owner Dieter Gerzymisch opened Cattleman’s in 1973, having settled in Texas in the 1960s while on assignment in Fort Bliss with his father’s German shipping business. He promises “Good Food! At a profit if we can, at a loss if we must. But always Good Food!” Tuck into the 2-pound “Cowboy” T-bone steak or house-smoked beef ribs with corn on the cob and you’ll see what he means. It’s a quintessential West-Texas culinary experience and well worth the drive from El Paso. In fact, head straight there from the airport.