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El Paso, Texas: Rosa's Cantina: Marty Robbins Tribute

Occupies the exact spot mentioned in Marty Robbins' classic Western ballad, "El Paso" -- because he stopped in its parking lot in 1957 and was inspired to write the song. The juke box has "El Paso" as a selection. Rosa's Cantina sign on the front of the building.

3454 Doniphan Drive, El Paso, TX
I-10 exit 13. Get to the south side of I-10, then drive east on US Hwy 85 S., paralleling the interstate. Drive three-quarters of a mile. Take the Racetrack Drive exit. Turn right at the stop sign onto Racetrack Drive, then bear right at the next stop sign onto Doniphan Drive. Rosa's Cantina will be one block on the right.
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Marty Robbins Tribute.

Rosa's Cantina: Marty Robbins Tribute

The outside looks rough but the inside is full of history, and the food is excellent. I'm glad that I visited.

[Clark W, 02/29/2024]

Marty Robbins was inspired, just by sitting in Rosa's parking lot, to write his classic Western ballad, "El Paso." It's unclear if he ever went inside.

Rosa's Cantina.

Rosa's Cantina: Marty Robbins Tribute

Don't be fooled by the outside appearance! Fantastic stop. Sit at the bar and enjoy the locals. We did!

[Erma, 03/11/2020]

Rosa's Cantina

Rosa's Cantina

Standing next to what used to be the main drag between El Paso and Albuquerque is Rosa's Cantina, made famous by the old Marty Robbins song, "El Paso." Some say that Rosa's Cantina inspired the song, others that the song inspired the opening of Rosa's Cantina.

The place is very unassuming, yet has an international following, I was a little leery about getting out of the vehicle at first. Once inside, however, it's cheerfully decorated and has the musical ambiance of the 1950s and '60s on the mechanical jukebox.

The food was great, as was the wait staff. There's not a whole lot to see inside, but if you're lookin' for lunch or dinner and you're in the area, why not?

[Brian Berkun, 04/12/2015]

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