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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Dining Out Gulf Coast: Pepper's Mexican Grill, Port St. Joe, FL

Let me begin by saying that we LOVE Pepper's Mexican Grill and Cantina.  Pepper's is always a must when we visit nearby Mexico Beach.  An added bonus for today's meal is it's Cinco de Mayo! To say everyone was in a festive mood is an understatement.  

Chips and Salsa were delivered promptly. As in before we even opened the menus! From a previous visit, I remembered the name of the particular margarita I had enjoyed.  We both ordered the Guadalajara Margarita (medium sized please!) $11.99 each and worth every penny.  This is the best margarita I've ever had anywhere, hands down. 

The chips were fresh and hot and the salsa was extremely fresh tasting with just a hint of heat.

We ordered Queso Fundido to enjoy while we reviewed the extensive menu for our entree options. With this cheese dip, you have your choice of grilled chicken, Mexican chorizo, or mushrooms. We opted for the Mexico chorizo. Served VERY HOT along with flour tortillas.  $7.99 

I was determined we were not going to order the same old chimichangas, enchiladas, tacos, etc. Sweet Harold went along with the plan and ordered Camarones a la ADiabla which is fresh local shrimp sauteed in their homemade cayenne pepper sauce.  $12.99  If you like a little heat, order this one. The flavor didn't overpower the delicate shrimp. I would give anything for their recipe for the cayenne sauce! He chose beans and a salad as his two sides. The salad had plenty of sour cream and guacamole as the dressing. He was very happy with his choice.

Now it's my turn! How's this for a celebratory dish:  The Mariachi. My order was a LARGE piece of grilled fish topped with juicy shrimp, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapenos.  $15.99.  I chose beans and grilled veggies for my sides. I didn't miss the rice at all. The fish was perfectly cooked, the shrimp were plentiful, and the vegetables included broccoli, carrots, squash, and zucchini.  Everything on this plate was perfect.

Even with a large crowd of Cinco de Mayo celebrants, service was never rushed and the food was delivered very promptly. Ask for Lucaz. He was a great server today!

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