Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pep's Island Grill in Tequesta: positively palatable, positively priced

Pep’s Island Grill (CLOSED)
1556 N. US Highway 1
Tequesta, FL 33469
Open daily at 5 p.m. for dinner and Sunday Brunch, 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.


There’s lots to like at Pep’s Island Grill. The food is fresh, prices right and the menu breaks the mold of  Caribbean fare that often is in name only.

Sides such as black bean hummus, Lobster Mac and Cheese, roasted corn potato croquette and coconut rice provide tasty accents for fresh fish, beef, chicken, pork, and rice bowl entrĂ©es. Their Bimini salad – super fresh greens topped with a toothsome mix of mango, walnuts and a light dressing - was terrific. Conch chowder, though not loaded with conch meat, was sedately spicy.

Pep’s crab cakes are better than average, as is their fresh catch kebab. What’s unique here, other than the dishes, are the pricing options. They’re noted for their $10 dinner deals and a deal they are. The portions are not large but entirely satisfying; one of these dinners comes with a salad or soup, main course with a side of black beans and rice or garlic mashed potatoes. Dessert with this is not just a tag along.  Though diminutive, they’re original.  Sweet Potato Beignet with a dollop of vanilla ice cream was as good as it sounds.

Small plates at small prices (less than $10), flat bread pizzas, and bar food round out the regular menu of items that average $17. A glass of wine at Happy Hour runs $3, something that’s hard to find these days. The interior of Pep’s lacks ambiance; its outdoor deck provides the best surroundings to enjoy a meal.  Full bar located on the deck but there’s a small one inside. Service: fair.

Tags: South Florida dining, Tequesta restaurants, Jupiter dining, seafood in Tequesta, Tequesta brunch

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