Another Mexican Eatery in Estes Park

With Ed’s Cantina flooded out, we ate across the street

P1050005I have put up more than one post about Ed’s Cantina on this blog. This long-running restaurant on the narrow strip of land between Elkhorn Avenue and the Fall River is an Estes Park classic. With generous hours, we often stop there after hiking, skiing or snowshoeing. But that river overflowed its banks in last month’s storm, washing out many businesses — including the small strip center where Ed’s is located. Ed’s, Kind Coffee and the other neighboring businesses have been gutted and have yet to be rebuilt.

So with Mexican food on our minds, we went across the street to the simple, low-slung building housing Peppers Mexican Grill. This cheerful fast-casual restaurant is whistle clean, staffed by the friendliest folks and has both a small side patio and a roof-top patio, which we’ll surely visit when the weather gets warm again. Truth be told, the food tasted better and fresher than Ed’s. Other than the small amount of guacamole, the portions are generous and the prices can’t be beat. The only downside that I can see is that their margaritas are premade Cuervo.

Simple functional interior, including a concrete floor and metal armchairs, enabled Peppers to open fairly quicklyafter the flood.
Simple functional interior, including a concrete floor and metal armchairs, enabled Peppers to clean up open fairly quickly after the flood.
Good crisp tortilla chips and a small ramekin of tasty guac.
Good crisp tortilla chips and a small ramekin of tasty guac.
Pulled pork quesadilla sided with whole pinto beans and white ride.
Pulled pork quesadilla sided with whole pinto beans and cilantro-lime rice, plus pico de gallo, jalapeno salsa and sour cream on the side.
Unusual fish tacos, piled high with chopped, seasoned Alaskan haddock served with rice, black beans, pico de gallo and sour cream.
Unusual fish tacos, piled high with chopped, seasoned Alaskan haddock served with rice, black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream and lime wedges.

Price check: Combo plates (like those above), $5.95-$7.95; kids’ menu, $4.25 including two sides; chips and salsa, $1.95; chips and guac, $2.95; desserts, $1.50.

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