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Whisk Review: Taqueria Don Chepe

Whisk Review: Taqueria Don Chepe

1140 S. 11th St, Niles, MI 49120
Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.    
Sunday    : 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The restaurant formerly known as El Amigo Pepe, Taqueria Don Chepe, boasts prime customer service and authentic Mexican cuisine. Though rebranded, Taqueria Don Chepe is still located on South 11th Street in Niles, Michigan, approximately a 25 drive from campus right next to Sparkle Quik Lube. There was not much parking in the lot, so I first drove past the establishment, despite having been there before. I imagine there must be more parking somewhere, but I did not see space for more than five cars. Luckily, possibly due to me being there for an early dinner, it was not crowded at all.

Food: As the restaurant’s website claims, Taqueria Don Chepe has “flavorful” and “scrumptious” food. The obligatory chips and salsa which greeted us very quickly after arriving were enjoyable. The salsa was too oniony for my companion, but I thoroughly enjoyed its flavors and the fact that I did not have to share. The chips were fresh and surprisingly thick, which I was very okay with. I ordered a half order of the enchiladas verdes platter, which consisted of three cheese enchiladas (chicken, beans, or a mix are also optional fillings), rice, and beans. The verde sauce, like the salsa, was very enjoyably flavorful. The corn tortillas were also satisfactory, and the cheese topping and filling the dish was especially delightful. The rice and beans were not overly salty, but they were also not seasoned much otherwise. This was not a problem, however, since the verde sauce more than made up for this.

Atmosphere & Service: The seating area in Taqueria Don Pepe is quite small, but not unpleasantly so. Large parties likely have more trouble finding comfortable seating, but for small parties it is perfectly acceptable. The restaurant was clean, pleasantly decorated, and lit to my liking, which may be considered dim for some. Likewise, the service was accommodating, prompt, and attentive enough. We were able to place our order very quickly, and the food took less than 10 minutes to arrive at our table.

Price: The prices were feasible for a fair amount of food. My enchilada meal was $6.50 for a half order; the full order costs $9.50. The larger platter meals mostly seemed to contain meat and range from $9.99 to $15.89. Unlike most Mexican restaurants that I have eaten at, each table is only given one complimentary basket of chips and salsa. For additional chips and salsa or other sides like guacamole, one must pay $2.99 or $4.59. Smaller dishes and single items range from $1.50 to $6.89.

Overall: I was satisfied with my meal and the price I paid for it. Taqueria Don Chepe is one of the better examples of Mexican restaurants in the area, and I will likely return to try some of the other dishes, though probably not at a time when I intend to feast on a large quantity of food.

3.5 out of 5 whisks

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