Walk up into a spacious second floor restaurant decorated with plastic cacti and colorful chili-pepper string lights. I didn’t suddenly think I’d been transported to Mexico or anything – but it was a decent attempt at festive. Our order was soon taken by a somewhat curt waitress and things got started.
I began my engagement with a perfectly lovely banana daiquiri….it didn’t exactly go downhill from there – but looking back, that might have been the high point of the evening.
The selection is decent, with all you’d expect – enchiladas, nachos, burritos, seafood dishes, fajitas (which the menu indicates as being the best tacos….whatever that means). The menu doesn’t have anything amazingly exotic that you can’t get elsewhere – but the prices look alright with main dishes in the $10-20$ sorta range. I was a bit alarmed by the negativity plastered all over the menu- on every page are coupon warnings – the coupon deals only apply with the purchase of a beverage, the coupon deals cannot be used on any of the seafood dishes, at lunch time the coupon deal is only up to maximum of $6, etc. What I got out of that was – coupons for Pepitas are basically useless. Fortunately I’m not the cheap kind of bastard who clips coupons.
We ordered the combo sampler platter ($33): beef burrito, chili releno, and chicken chimichanga, accompanied by rice, beans, and salad. The burrito was jam packed with what basically amounted to steak and was real tasty. The chili releno had the potential to be amazing; all the right flavors were there, but it was practically cold. And the chimichanga tasted identical to a chicken pot pie. What can I say – I just don’t trust spanish cuisine when it tastes like the Saturday night special from a prison kitchen. The beans and rice were fine…the “salad” was a pile of iceberg. After this we’d decided we were full enough to pass over dessert (though I was interested in trying their updated version of a classic — deep fried frozen yogurt with chocolate sauce).
Pepitas seems like a good place to take your kids, or perhaps your grandma. See, the thing is, Pepitas isn’t overly ethnic…think of the time Homer served Mr. Burns doughnuts for breakfast and Burns responding with “I told you, I don’t like ethnic foods!”. I think that Mr. Burns would happily eat at Pepitas. Sure, Pepitas claims to be Mexican/Spanish and they have Spanish words on their menu but the food doesn’t seem to be made of Spanish ingredients – none of the staff appears to be actually Mexican or Spanish (except for the owner who is originally from Mexico City). He opened the restaurant up in the mid 70’s and there must be something to it – because it’s still there. Pepitas isn’t bad; it is reasonably enjoyable, it has a great location, it’s casual, it’s affordable, it’s inoffensive in most every aspect. Though tasty, Pepitas is about as Mexican as tacotime or Jennifer Lopez.
Open: 11.30am – 11pm
Parking: Uh…they have maybe four spaces around back and perhaps as many metered spots out front.
Bonus: live music frequently preformed by the owner.
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Jennifer Lopez – Como ama una mujer
How Lopez ever won an American Music Award as favorite latin artist for this album will puzzle me until the day I die.