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View the Pepe's Finest Mexican Food, Temple City Menu

Restaurants: Pepeís Finest Mexican Food, Temple City (also in Alhambra, Covina)

Where: 5829 N. Rosemead Blvd., Temple City

Phone: (626) 286-3055

Reservations: Not required

Cocktails: No

Service: Counter service

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: Yes

Credit Cards: No

Kidís Menu: No

Senior Discount: No

Hours: Sun. - Thurs.: 9am Ė 9:30pm; Fri. and Sat.: 9am Ė 10:30pm; Closed major holidays

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: Yes

Price Range: $1.45 - $5.75, avg. $3 - $5

Kids meal burrito, fries and beverage

Taco, no tomatoes

Taquitos, guacamole on the side

Grown-up fries

Burrito and fries

Filet mignon and shrimp combo dinner

Chile rellenos and carnitas dinner

 

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

 

Pepeís Finest Mexican Food an Apt Name

By Bill Coburn

 

Pepeís Finest Mexican Food has been around since 1964, and in the fast food industry, you donít get to stick around for forty years unless you have something good that people want.  Now with three locations to serve you, at 511 W. Valley Blvd. in Alhambra, 1140 N. Azusa Ave. in Covina, and 5829 N. Rosemead Blvd., in Temple City, Pepeís does offer some truly fine Mexican food.  Iíve eaten at the Covina store and the Temple City store, and received the same great quality food at each location.  The subject of this review is the Temple City store. 

I was driving down Rosemead the first time I saw Pepeís, and thought, thatís a nice looking store, with lots of parking and a drive thru, too.  I decided to stop in, and tried a couple shredded beef tacos and an order of fries.  I also got a soda (itís a Coca-cola brand house, with self serve fountain service when youíre not using the drive-thru).  When the food came out, I was quite pleased with the tacos (ordered with no tomatoes) which were freshly fried tortillas stuffed full of shredded beef, lettuce and cheese.  And I mean full.  No scrimping on the portions here.  They have the crinkle cut fries, which I think are probably my favorite kind of fries.  It was a good size portion, and the fries were nice and hot, not overcooked or too crispy.  So my first impression was a good one. 

Iíve been back a couple times, and always had the tacos.  At $1.50 per, itís a heck of a deal.  I know you can get them for less at the big chains, but youíre not getting anywhere near as much as you get at Pepeís, nor are they of the quality of Pepeís, in my opinion.  The one thing I would like to see changed is the addition of bottled hot sauces, at Pepeís you can only get their house sauce, which is good, but is more mild than hot.

Tonight, the family stopped in.  I ordered a carnitas burrito, a taco and some small fries.  Keelan got the kids meal bean and cheese burrito (comes with fries, a drink and a ďsurpriseĒ), and Katie ordered a carnitas tostada.

The carnitas tostada was smothered with so much guacamole, Katie and I were both amazed.  The meat tostada, by the way, is served without cheese, so if you want cheese youíll have to request that.  Katie said there was a lot of meat and that it was well proportioned, not overflowing with lettuce to make it look bigger, etc., although she also couldnít believe how much guacamole covered this thing.  One thing she did notice is that Pepeís is one of the places that includes shredded lettuce in their guacamole, which she usually doesnít much like, but she said that it was pretty decent here.

My carnitas and beans burrito was a good sized burrito, stuffed full of chunks of deliciously seasoned carnitas.  My taco was up to the high expectations Iíve come to have for Pepeís tacos, and the crinkly fries were also cooked just right.

Now I could (and judging from the way my shirts keep shrinking, probably should) have been done with my meal with what I had, but I do usually try to have several menu items when I do a review, if possible, so that I can give you an idea about as much of the menu as possible.  So, for you, the readers, I decided to go ahead and try the taquitos, too.   After all, Iím a giver.  And the taquitos were delicious.  They came with a huge portion of guacamole, which Iíd ordered on the side.  They were shredded beef taquitos, cooked fresh to order, and I enjoyed them immensely, though I decided to forgo the guacamole and just added a little of Pepeís hot sauce to them.

Keelanís kids meal, a remarkable deal at just $2.15, was really good, too, he said.  However, heís getting to be a bigger eater, and ordered a second bean and cheese burrito, as well.  That a la carte burrito was bigger, after all, at $2.30 it cost more than the whole kidís meal did, but he downed it all.  I take the fact that he wanted seconds as an indicator that he enjoyed the burrito, as well.

As I said, Iíve also eaten at the Covina store, and found both stores to have consistently good food, and really good prices.  You can find each of the three storesí menus on the San Gabriel Valley Menus.com website, or you can just go to pepesfinestmexicanfood.com where youíll find links to pages for each of the stores.

I was at Posseís Sports Bar last Sunday (not as a customer, Iím now bartending there on Sunday day shifts), and was a little overwhelmed at the amount of NFL football I could view.  The early game time slot had nine games, and we had seven of those games on the seven flat screen TVs.  Alll in all, I got to see 10 games that day, not counting the Packers game that didnít start till after my shift, at 5:30 as the evening game.  It was an NFL fanís dream, and Iím thinking Iím going to like this new job.  Feel free to stop in and see me, and enjoy a game or six. 

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring dozens of restaurantís menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

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