I lived there 2001-2005 while I was active duty, off base and downtown as soon as I was able to. Great town if you know where to look, but there's enough to be turned off by that I understand anybody who has been. That said, if it had been at all practical to keep living there, I would have. There was an unusually good folk and bluegrass scene back then which I imagine must still be going in some form. A lot of local pickers passed through the Nimbus brewery, which is of course gone now. As has already been said, there are a million food options, especially hard to pick a bad Mexican one. The place outside the DM gates might also be El Sur at Craycroft and 29th. I could spend a week doing nothing but eating in that town. I've even got a soft spot for Los Beto's or any of the other nasty taco stands. If it's still there, Mr. K's barbecue way down by the airport. I'd definitely go back to the desert museum, drive moderately and very defensively up to Summerhaven, stop at rose canyon on the way. Careful with that road, people treat it like they do Mulholland.