I was very impressed with this place; nice decor, quiet -- you can actually carry on a conversation without raising your voice --and good food at very reasonable prices. We stumbled on this place after we went to Eric's for lunch, but they weren't serving lunch specials because it was a holiday. Searched on Yelp for an alternate Chinese restaurant nearby and came here. It was a Saturday and the 4th of July, but they had lunch specials at better prices than Eric's. Service was attentive, while Eric's is merely perfunctory. The three of us had different entrees and they were all good. They have an extensive menu, and we had such a positive experience we will be coming back again for dinner to sample more of their dishes. (Note: Four stars is always my highest rating. I reserve 5 stars for the best of the best and upscale restaurants.)
I went to Gracia Madre with some friends not knowing what to expect. Although I am not a vegan, I'm open minded and will try most vegan/ vegetarian dishes. What I received I did not expect! I ordered the enchiladas and was delighted by the cashew 'cheese', the mushrooms are what gave the dish the protein and punch it needed to fill me up. The sauce was slightly spicy and gratifying. My friend ordered a caeser salad for everyone to share- and thak God he did! The caesar salad was incredible! Not sure what was in the dressing, but it had loads of flavor; salty (but not too salty) and a bit tart - I did not miss the anchovies! The setting was warm and comfortable, I loved the long wooden tables and rustic feel. For all of you cynical of vegan Mexican food like I was, try it! you will not be disappointed!
This place is epic! The food tastes fresh, the restaurant is clean, prices are reasonable and most importantly the food is finger licking good!!!!!! My cousin brought me here and right away we were greeted by owner. The owner was very nice and was ready to cater to our needs. He spoke with us, made some recommendations and had some good laughs. The food is amazing...Szechuan beef!!! General Tsao chicken or tofu....amazing....volcano prawns...for those who love sweet and spicy!!! I need to try the dry braised chicken wings, honey walnut prawns and everything else. Also the menu is interesting, the menu explains all the styles of which the food is cooked, very helpful. I've only been three times to eat at this location, but I plan to attend more with my wife and twins!!!
Something about inexpensive chinese food that's so close to home amazes me. The owner is very kind and we always get soup with the meal whether or not we dine in or eat take out or delivery. Braised chicken wings are so delicious. Saucy and crunch and just the right amount of spice (that you can choose) Fried rice is nice and flavorful with soy sauce as I love it. General Tsao's meatless chicken is unexpectedly amazing! The reviews are so on point here. I don't know how it isn't real chicken but it tastes so good. Great for those that don't want to chew very hard on tough meat. It's very soft and flavorful. Egg drop soup is one of my favorites and I've gotten it served to me probably 4 out of the 7 times I've been there now.
Wild Pepper we learned about by chance, in conversation with a foodie at La Taqueria. He raved about Wild Pepper and happened to have its card. Three days later we went. A tomato egg flower soup instense with basil. Salt and Pepper pork chops, messy to pick at but awsone. Spicy Vegetables and seafood...General Tsao's chicken, such basics as chow mein... I've only been four times but everything so far has been spectacular. The menu is long and inventive... how do they do it? The owner is gracious and makes good recommendatoms. The restaurant is pleasant and clean, up from the basic. I'd recommend it to anyone, especially with a sense of adventure and desire to explore.
New Years day was quiet in the City and finding an open restaurant led us to the Wild Pepper. Our friends recommended it after driving to three others in the city that were closed. Wow, how wonderful. The people are friendly and the food fresh and full of flavor. It was a cold night in the city, which made the restaurant little cool inside and the food cooled quickly, but full of flavor. I tried the Pepper pork chops which were good, but my favorite was the Cows in Snow, Mummm good. The owner/cook stopped by the table for a brief comment. Fresh food with style. Many locals use the place for take out, very busy with people picking up orders.
I have been back to Wild Pepper for lunch on four or five occasions since our first visit. We really like this place. It's unhurried, but yet attentive, the food is always delicious and the service is circumspect, the way I like it to be. (Yes, they will come back to freshen your water glass, but they won't bug you.) It is one of the quietest restaurants you can hope to find. Bring your loved one or your friends, you won't be disappointed. This is not your "elite" Chinese restaurant, but yummy, plentiful, and always served with a green salad. I though this was very odd, at first, but i kind of like it. I get my fresh greens!
Again ordered Wild Pepper on a whim and was very impressed!!! They're my GrubHub favorite!! Today tried braised chicken wings and they are about the crispiest and crunchiest that I've ever tasted at a Chinese restaurant. The crunch is so long lasting and the sauce is well-balanced. Today I also enjoyed the West Lake beef soup and was very impressed by the amount of beef and variety of veggies. They do a great job of delivery WAY under the estimated time (today it was like 20 minutes sooner than theirs estimate). Seems like this place really understands what people are looking for in a delivery service.
We come here most of the time for their beef burritos and half size chicken. The chicken has been inconsistent both on taste and portion. Sometimes they give us one extra thigh, something they shoved the whole "half" chicken into a tiny take out box. Sometimes they forget to give me the tortilla bread for my chicken. The beef burritos has always been delicious, the salsa bar has decent among of choices. We haven't had any problem with messed up orders, however we have been going there so often the server always knows what I will have before I open my mouth to speak.
I love this little hidden gem of a restaurant. The food is always really fresh and reliable. I have ordered takeout from here, and I am pretty convinced they have a time portal, because the food always arrives extremely fresh, faster than expected, and the order is complete. The owner is really very nice and always makes me feel welcome. I highly recommend the black pepper beef on sizzling platter, even if it is to go, because it is superb. Their menu may not be the most inventive, but for reliably great food, with no wait, and clean fresh ingredients, this is the place to go.