Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of his cuisine is an understandable desire. Today's Groupon satisfies desires to eat from the table of our nation's neighbor: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare and drinks at Pepe and Chela's in historic downtown, a few minutes from Wannamaker.
Transporting the mouthwatering tastes of Mexico to the Midwest for a quarter of a century, Pepe and Chela's dishes up a menu of south-of-the-border delicacies, from crispy tacos to hand-wrapped, mole-drenched chicken enchiladas and fresh, homemade salsas. Memorable taste fiestas can begin with a Mexican or domestic beer and a dish of guacamole ($6.45), made fresh daily with ripe avocados and accompanied by salty tortilla chips. Sinful appetites can find deliverance wrapped in the Salvation burrito, stuffed with ground beef ($5.95) or chicken ($7.75), cheese, tomato, and lettuce and baptized in chili con queso, American chili, and jalapeños. End your edible expedition with the cheesecake bites ($2.95 for five), fried banana cheesecake blanketed in bite-sized flour tortillas. Patrons can dine in Pepe and Chela's cozy environs, conveniently devoid of snooty juice-box-sipping vampires, or take their grub to go with the salsa sanctuary's convenient curbside pickup.
Pepe and Chela's
For more than 25 years, the Avila family showcased their family recipes and from-scratch salsas at Pepe and Chela's. These days, new Aliva family owners, run the Mexican eatery, though they stick closely to the Avila’s legacy. That means serving up more than 35 entrees, including the El Jefe burrito, a 12-inch flour tortilla chock-full of rice, beans, cheese, and your choice of meat.
Said entrees merely skim the surface of Pepe and Chela’s menu options, which range from tortas with housemade chorizo to fried poblano peppers stuffed with cheese. Besides continuing the tradition of from-scratch salsas, the culinary team pairs housemade chips with a signature guacamole, made from hand-selected avocados, diced tomatoes, and jalapeños. Each zesty feast unfolds amidst the restaurant's warm red walls, Spanish ceramics, and a booth reserved exclusively for Zorro.