I'm a caucasion that grew up in the northeast that absolutely loves Pepe's food. a car mechanic from Cuba that worked on my parents car in the Keys recommended this place for being the closest to the style of food he ate while in Cuba. I never had anything bad here, so don't be afraid to order anything that sounds good. my parents especially love a dish that I can't remember the name of, but on their menu with the description, they say the translation means "old clothes". it's like a beef stew but much better than any American version. they also have awesome desserts and serve alcohol and soda pop. during the evening hours, they have a live band playing outside to entertain the guests that sit outside not only to eat at the restaurant, but for the people lounging around the outside bar they have setup with many tables and chairs. they also allowed us to sit outside with our 10 pound dog so she didn't have to sit in the hot car while we ate. then we were able to walk around Mallorey Square afterwards, and watch the sunset. very pleasant memories. during our meal, we could see and hear the native roosters that are protected by law. nobody is allowed to injure them in any way because I think they're an endangered species. the local people complain about them for the noise and dirt they make, but for tourists, they're fun.
If you want something a little different, go here. Its Cuban, but its awesome!! I had the combo #69, which is pulled pork & a banana drink & it was the best. I don't like alcohol, & I liked the drink. I actually had the best food at the table of 5. The sides are Yuca, which is like a boiled potato, Fried/Baked Plantains, which are like starchy bananas, black beans, yellow rice & something else, I forgot. & it seems they try their best to over feed you, so go hungry. & also, there is a gift shop AND a separate cigar shop. Plus live music outside & a great atmosphere all around.
And the best time. The salsa dancing was so much fun