Pepper: the spice of life

BURRITO HO! - The "pirate burrito" will make off with your heart at Pepper Mexican Grill.Jazmine Sanchez / Valley Star

BURRITO HO! – The “pirate burrito” will make off with your heart at Pepper Mexican Grill.

FOOD: Authentic Mexican Dishes Serve Up to the Plate

By Jazmine Sanchez, Staff Writer

Only a few months old, Pepper Mexican Grill, delivers a warm ambiance with mouth-watering dishes that are low budget but jam-packed with flavors.

From the outside it embodies your typical hole in the wall restaurant, but once you enter it you are hit with the aroma of Mexican dishes. The music playing ranges among different styles and genres. As opposed to your other traditional Mexican restaurants covered in Hispanic decorations, the décor is simple but the smell is mesmerizing.

Faint orange walls, brick-colored tiles and wooden tables with pale white chairs adorn the inside of the small restaurant located on the corner of Burbank and Fulton Avenue. Pepper has been serving up authentic dishes since February, offering appetizers such as nachos, quesadillas, and churros.

One of their popular appetizers, the carne asada fries, is more like a meal due to its sizeable portion. It is made up of slightly toasted french fries that are smothered with nacho and jack cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo.

They also offer a breakfast selection including breakfast burritos and chilaquiles: house-fried chips with bacon, tomatillo salsa, and cheese served with fried beans and eggs.

Lunch features their popular “pirate burrito,” made of well-seasoned steak, creamy cheese, onions, cilantro, fresh guacamole, beans, rice, and slightly spicy red salsa wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. The dish is served with colored corn chips and house salsa, and it is definitely worth trying.

The Pepper Mexican Grill offers a student and military discount of 10 percent. If you check in on Instagram or Yelp, you are offered a free taco. When you order through, you are given 10 percent off with a $15 minimum purchase by entering the promo code gch04287 (expires Nov. 21, 2015).

Prices range from $1.80 for tacos to $8 for burritos. Located across the street from Valley College, it is convenient and affordable for students due to low prices and large portions.

Pepper Mexican Grill

13321 Burbank Blvd, Suite C. Van Nuys

(818) 616-3997

Monday-Friday 9a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10a.m.- 7p.m.

Instagram: @peppermexicangrill


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