Just a quick post about the Pepper Patch Mexican Restaurant in Carbondale!
I had dinner there tonight for the first time. I’ve been planning to do so for a while now but my schedule hasn’t been playing nice. Today just happened to work out.
I’m not feeling too wordy, so here’s the breakdown. We had chips & salsa to start. The salsa was very nice. Fresh, processed to be more smooth than chunky and just a bit of heat and acidity. The queso was good, if a bit salty. Given its texture and consistency, I suspect it was a commercial processed cheese dip but admittedly I didn’t ask. (Not that’s I’m knocking a processed cheese dip! I love myself some Rotel dip. Total guilty pleasure.)
I had a smothered chimichanga for my entree. Now the chimi was something a little outside of the box. Seems like most chimis I’ve had in the area are filled with a seasoned meat mixture of some sort. Ground beef, chicken stewed with onions and peppers, that sort of thing. The chimi filling at the Pepper Patch was seasoned ground beef, some potato and pickled jalapeños. It was still all about the meat but the jalapeños, in particular, gave the filling a nice little pop of heat & acidity.
The chimichanga was served just moments out of the fryer. You know how the time to get Krispy Kremes is when the ‘hot’ sign is on and the donuts are fresh? They’re sublime. After they’ve been sitting around and the ka-pow has disappeared as their temp cools, they’re just donuts. This is the kind of experience I had with this chimi. Fresh, hot and hitting in all the right places.
The sides were pretty standard fare. Certainly nothing bad but… well, standard.
All in all, it was a good experience. Not haute cuisine but really a nice small town Mom & Pop. The waitress who was watching over us was fabulous. I didn’t catch her name but she really was the kind of waitress you’d want to see in a small Midwestern indy restaurant. She chatted happily with regulars. She knew their favorite meals and drink orders. She was happy to know we were first time customers and thanked us for visiting. So, yes. It was a good experience and one I’d be happy to repeat.
Pepper Patch Mexican Restaurant
115 S Topeka Ave
Carbondale, KS 66414
(Note: Check their Facebook page for daily specials and their menu.)