Seattle >Food & Dining > Chile Pepper Restaurant
1427 N 45TH St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.661265 -122.339452
11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
Neighborhoods: Wallingford, Lake Union
Good eatin', cheap – I had chile rellenos with an outstanding mole sauce (the house specialty) which just blew my mind. The place is clean, well-lighted, open, and full of plants. Service was friendly and quick. I truly enjoyed my meal here.
Authentic – I just came back from spending a semester in Mexico and have been missing the food since I left. Fortunately, a friend recommended The Chile Pepper. Unlike the Azteca-Taco del Mar crap that tries to pass for Mexican food, this is the real deal. The waiter/cashier was very nice and we chatted for a while about Mexico. Overall, I would say that this is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Seattle. The people who wrote the previous reviews leave me the impression that they have never spent any time in Mexico.
I have highly recommended this restaurant to all of my friends and so far, all have said great things about The Chile Pepper.
!Que comida mas yuck! – Greeted by a Latino gentleman of a certain age who served as host, waiter, and cashier (and perhaps chef?) as he watched Telemundo futbol, I had great hopes for this place despite the fact that we were the lone diners at 7:30 on a weeknight. We got a very simple soup before the meal (a good authentic sign, despite its blandness). Alas, even the items listed on the menu as specialties were not authentic, not tasty, and not even the slightest bit spicy. Id say this one was truly terrible, even by Seattle standards.
Pretty dang tasty!! – I figured I'd give it a try and wasn't disappointed. Seated quickly & given ample time to peruse the menu while enjoying chips&tangy salsa. The margarita is made with a "white tequila" - who knows what brand it is but it hit the spot. We had queso as an appetizer and it wasn't bad--face it, how bad can you mess up melted cheese? The chicken mole was surprising in its taste--not what I'm used to, but good nonetheless. Took a few bites to adjust but the flavor was sublime--it doesn't clobber you, but builds slowly. I didn't understand the sesame seeds sprinkled on top--not bad, but odd. My lady's chicken enchiladas were tasty as well, not drowned in cheese and red sauce, so that's a plus. Overall, the best recommendation I can give is that I'd go back and look forward to trying other entrees on the menu.
Restaurant living on past laurels – Though this restaurant seems to have achieved a reputation during the 1990s, the two times we have visited have been major disappointments. It's not an exaggeration to say that this is the worst Mexican food I've had in Seattle. The lentil soup was too salty. The guacamole consisted mainly of water, onions and tomatoes with the faintest whiff of avocado. The chicken mole was dry and undernuanced, and the chile relleno was goopy. This isn't even the best Mexican food on 45th Street: Guadalajara, Beso del Sol and even Taco del Mar are more palatable.
Homecooked taste – I've been going here for years. Consistently delicious plates abound, but definitely try the namesake Chille Pepper dish..... Yum!
None better than Chile Pepper – Tired of Americanized Mexican food (i.e. Azteca, Las Margaritas, etc...) and looking for the real thing?
Try the Chile Pepper.
There is only a handful of restaurants where I would want to eat everyday; Chile Pepper is one of them. Though I haven't had everything on the menu, I recommend the carne assada, enchiladas, or chiles rellenos.
If you're looking for authentic Mexican food, Chile Pepper is the place!
WAY better than Azteca – I have always enjoyed the excellent food here, even before they moved to Wallingford from the Ave. The Chile Rellenos are a standout and the Queso Fundido (sp?) is a delicious if decadent appetizer. NOTHING at the Chile Pepper has ever tasted canned - ridiculous!! I recommend it to everyone.
Worse than Azteca – Worst Mexican ever. Had the shredded beef tacos which came w/ some white rice and bland refried beans. Evrything tastes like it came from a can and was "made" in a microwave. Even the chips were stale. On the plus side during a Friday night visit the place had plenty of open seating.
No muy bueno : (
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