|The Chili Pepper|
167 S Main St
Orange, CA 92868
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The Chili Pepper in Orange was one of a handful of places that made me realize I needed to start this blog and I finally made a trip for review purposes more than a year later. This place is decorated to the hilt. I'm talking full sensory overload . . . even the parking lot is decorated:
And it's decorated even more when it's Christmastime:
Just don't park next to the yellow cactus:
This nice plate of fruit is the free appetizer when you go for Saturday or Sunday brunch:
Of course, there's also chips and salsa:
And the Nutcracker brigade was out in full force:
The pozole soup was excellent:
But the shrimp on the fish kabob skewers was even better. Peppery, lemony, buttery, rich and tender and every other good adjective:
Chris, my carnitas loving friend, changed things up a little by getting a machaca plate . . . with carnitas in it!
Every patron also gets a free little dessert with their meal. We got burritos with a cream cheese filling that tasted more like Bavarian creme. The one other time I've been there we got burritos with an apple/cinnamon filling that were also very good. I have heard that children also get free balloons when they eat at The Chili Pepper.
You definitely have to see this place first-hand to fully appreciate it. The Chili Pepper earns a four and a half Speedy Gonzales rating:
(Contrary to popular belief The Chili Pepper is in Orange, not in Santa Ana.)