Mexican food places are a dime a dozen here in the Inland Empire.
Some are better than others, obviously.
Based on what I had the other day, I’m willing to think Pepe’s Mexican & Seafood Restaurant in Banning is one of the better ones.
All I had was a combination plate — a chicken tamale and a cheese enchilada ($8.99) — but the tamale was one of the best I’ve ever had in a restaurant.
It was moist, not too firm and loaded with flavor…in a word, delicious!
The enchilada wasn’t quite as spectacular, but still good.
Both the rice and beans were fresh and tasted homemade.
My dining partner had the flautas dinner ($9.99). I thought the flautas could’ve sat in the fryer a little longer, but weren’t bad otherwise.
I’m looking forward to returning and exploring their menu further.
The restaurant itself was recently renovated and is very modern, comfortable and inviting. It’s a stark contrast to the more dated exterior. They added a full bar during the renovation.