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Don Pepe's Taqueria (spicy shrimp tacos), Fresno report w/ pics

hhc Aug 17, 2009 07:12 PM

We went to Don Pepe's Taqueria after a weekend in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP. It's open on Sunday so we went for dinner around 5pm.

It's a small place that had many customers when we went. There were a few empty tables so we hurried to grab one.

They don't have A/C which is a pain since it was hot in Fresno Sun 8/16/09. They have several fans that blow hot air around.

We got:

Spicy shrimp tacos $3.50 - OMG, these are Really, really, good. A few shrimp that tasted fresh & spicy, rice, cheese, & guacamole wrapped in 2 small corn tortillas. Recommended.

Lengua taco (beef tongue) $1.85 - many chunks of tongue though not tender enough for me, bit too chewy, lots of pinto beans. Just ok.

Al Pastor taco (bbq pork) $1.85 - I took a small sample of the meat. I thought it was just ok, kinda dry for me.

Horchata small $1.30 - I liked it. Not chalky and not too sweet. Very nice.

Friend got chicken burrito $4.85 comes w/ rice & beans. He wished he got the super which has everything.

Salsa bar available for 4 salsas, jalapeno peppers, & limes.

NO FREE Chips given. Friend wanted them. I didn't see any mention on the menu if they even sold it.

Soda fountain if you want that. FREE Water by the soda fountain or I saw some pitchers too.

Edit: Husband & friend both got different beers they did come w/ spicy shrimp & salt in ea bottle. They enjoyed them.

I saw signs for credit card, husband paid cash.

Separate bathrooms available in the back. Parking is easy.

Don Pepe's Taqueria
4582 N Blackstone Ave
Fresno, CA 93726
(559) 224-1431

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    tavmark RE: hhc Aug 17, 2009 07:29 PM

    Glad you enjoyed it. All the shrimp dishes are excellent. Next time you need to order a beer cuz you get a shrimp with salt and hot sauce on the top of every bottle.

    1. EatingoutFresno RE: hhc Aug 19, 2009 09:49 AM

      Don Pepe's is definitely one of the best taquerias in town for the price. I've been happily grubbing there for the past 7 years. Their burritos are enough to feed a sumo wrestler with a tapeworm. And their shrimp tostada with cabbage, avocado and a light sour cream is divine. Sure, they're a little rough around the edges, but their food and their prices more than make up for the authenticity of their restaurant. Heck, it used to be a Kentucky Fried Chicken when I was just a small boy. It's always amazing to me how many good Fresno businesses can pop up in the spaces abandoned by corporate food mills.

      1. alanstotle RE: hhc Aug 19, 2009 08:12 PM

        Don Pepe's is definitely a favorite eatery with the Fresno (& even Bay Area) chowhound crowd.

        Yes, it can be a bit warm in the dining area at Don Pepe's. When I walk in there, I just have to feel sorry for the guys (& they're always guys) in the kitchen who must be really hot.

        Although I can't vouch for it from personal experience, I would expect that the newer Don Pepe's location near Fresno State probably does have air conditioning since it's an almost brand new building.

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