Mexican institution Pepe’s brings its burritos to the bayside with new Wynnum eatery
One of Brisbane’s most beloved Mexican restaurants has expanded. Pepe’s is now open in Wynnum, with a hulking menu (stuffed tighter than a bulging burrito) offering everything from Mexican-style street corn and crispy tostadas to chicken-and-chorizo empanadas and crumbed barramundi tacos. Here’s what we know …
Brisbane’s Mexican food scene has blossomed in recent years, with everything from authentic 80s-style taquerias to chic Baja-inspired restaurants joining the ranks of The City’s finest. Through it all, though, Pepe’s has remained a constant fixture. Dining institutions don’t get much more beloved than the long-running family-owned Mexican restaurant concept, which first launched in 1972. It has endured as a household name thanks to its sizzling fajitas, slow-cooked pulled-pork conchita pibil and signature guacamole (prepared tableside) – all of which have been popular menu fixtures since the beginning. If there’s one issue we have with Pepe’s, it’s that there’s not a location in every suburb. Typically, residents of Wynnum would be inclined to agree, but now they’ve got a Pepe’s to call their own. Pepe’s recently opened a brand-new restaurant in Brisbane’s bayside, transforming a site on Bay Terrace into a vibrant eatery saturated in vivid colours and Mexican-inspired decor.
A quick scan of the menu will confirm the presence of Pepe’s favourites. Seasoned Pepe snackers will suggest starting with the likes of the aforementioned guac, a serve of Mexican street corn and jalapeno poppers. The smart ones will tell you not to fill up too early, as Pepe’s array of mains – such as nachos, chimichangas, quesadillas and the all-important tacos – are sizeable options. Space should be reserved for dessert. Trust us – if you spy a slice of Pepe’s tres leches cake, a serve of Oreo tacos or a plate of Mexican pudding (with a side of tropical fruits, vanilla-bean gelato and whipped cream) to another table, you’ll regret not getting in on the action. The restaurant’s bar is amply provisioned with beer, wine and top-shelf tequila, the latter of which is funnelled into a phenomenal array of cocktails.
Pepe’s Bayside is now open to the public. For operating hours, menu details and booking info, check out the Stumble Guide.
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