WHERE THE FIESTA DOESN’T STOP
I don’t necessarily consider the San Fernando Valley the epicenter for all things classy and cultured but it is making headway. Not that I would consider Mexican taqueria and bar Jalapeño Pete’s as an inroad to refinement but it is a destination point for a good time.
More sports bar than I would prefer, it’s a loud and energetic where the food is solid and the cocktails decent enough. Located on busy Ventura Boulevard, Pete’s is a neighborhood hot spot.
During our recent visit we started with the popular House Margarita and a Pete’s Punch, which is a cool combination of vodka, Pimm’s No. 1, lemon, watermelon syrup, and cucumber. That’s a good way to start your time at Jalapeño Pete’s.
If you’re looking for hearty fare, go for the Guac de la Casa with avocado, tomatillo, cilantro, onion, garlic, and lime. The Street Corn is a solid choice with grilled sweet corn, tapatio aioli, cotija cheese, and cayenne. And consider the Asada Fries, with crispy shoestring fries, salsa roja, black beans, jack cheese, marinated carne asada, crema, and guacamole a must-have.
The tacos are the specialty at Jalapeño Pete’s—they come in hard shell, soft shell or lettuce shell. At mostly $3 per taco, feast on your favorite or mix and match to your heart’s content.
The Butternut Squash taco is a good meatless option but I didn’t think the mushrooms were really necessary as the squash itself was so tasty. Unfortunately, I found the Fried Avocado taco, another meatless option, bland.
While I kind of over chicken, go figure, gut the Grilled Chicken taco with flame broiled chicken breast, salsa roja, onion and cilantro, was legit. I loved the balance and the tenderness of the chicken.
The Al Pastor taco with pork, pineapple and aguacatio to be good but it needed more of the al pastor flavor. The Grilled Shrimp taco was solid although I wish it would have had more crunch to it. The Asada with flame broiled skirt steak was a good one—it’s better when you add guacamole. The Carnitas were good too although as it was very flavorful but a little too “stew” in its consistency. The Short Ribs with red wine braised short rib was great although it is heavy and filling but in a good way.
If you like hanging out in a sports bar, you’ll love this place. If you want high energy and volume, you’ll like it here too. Otherwise you can dine al fresco and enjoy some good Mexican comfort food and drinks. It’s a great setting for a fun night out this summer.
Jalapeño Pete’s is located 11618 Ventura Blvd in Studio City. Open Mon-Fri from 4pm to 2am; Saturday from 12pm to 2am; Sunday from 9:30am to 2am. Call 818-579-4264.
Story By; Jose Martinez
Photography Courtesy Of: Jalapeño Pete’