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Pepper's Mexican (Arcadia) - short review

The Oracle Sep 14, 2007 11:34 AM

After driving by for years, finally stopped in to Pepper's (adjacent to the race track) for dinner last night. The place seemed like it had some potential - nice outdoor seating area, large bar and restaurant areas.... pretty busy for a Thursday night.

The menu had a ton of choices (everything from usual mexican fare to a variety of seafood and even BBQ ribs ?!) - we settled on chicken enchiladas and fajitas.

The enchiladas were serious lacking in any sort of flavor. And the fajitas had a similar, but not as bad, problem. Portion sizes are HUGE - the fajitas could easily be shared by 2. The accompanying rice and beans were horrid. Beans were super salty and borderline inedible and while the rice was slightly better than the beans, it was also pretty bad and was left on the plate.

The chips were good (I'm not a salsa eater, so can't comment on that). The margarita I ordered was slightly better than chain mexican joints - but only slightly - way too much mix.

Service was attentive and the food came out in lightening speed.

For the food mentioned above, 2 beers and 1 margarita - bill was $42 before tip. It was a ton of food, but IMO not worth the bland mess we were served. I won't be back.

  1. WildSwede Sep 14, 2007 02:54 PM

    Yeah, I have been there a couple of times and was never impressed.

    1. Kevitivity Sep 14, 2007 03:57 PM

      Yes, Pepper's is really more like a white man's interpretation of Mexican food. Acapulco is more authentic...

      That said, it's a decent place to meet for margaritas y tacos before walking over to the race track during race season.

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        MaryT Sep 14, 2007 04:40 PM

        I guess it is not relevant, but it made me nostalgic -- I used to like them at the original location which was around the corner facing the north edge of the park. Ya'll too young to remember . . . Oh well.

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