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Pepe & Chela's Mexican Restauraunt
Ranked #177 of 359 Restaurants in Topeka
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings
Osage City, Kansas
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
Reviewed October 9, 2011

My husband and I went for the first time and ate wonderful, authentic Mexican food. We loved it!

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English first
Lawrence, Kansas
Level 5 Contributor
98 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“very average food, noisy dinning area”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

The food here is at best average I was not impressed with anything me or my friends had to eat here. The service was friendly but a little slow in a very loud dinning area where the tables are crowded in to a small area. I don`t think I will ever go back here. There are to many good Mexican restaurants in the area to eat at other than this one.

  • Visited April 2011
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1 Thank cedarballs
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Topeka
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Overpriced and Awful food”
Reviewed January 28, 2010

I swear Topekans love bad food, I dont get why this place stays open. Boring bland food. Too many other good places. Note it doesnt rate high compared to other mexi places.

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Houston, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Seems popular in Topeka, but not worth the visit. "Since 1986"”
Reviewed October 13, 2009

My wife is from Mexico, and I live in Houston. My mother-in-law is a great cook, and maybe I'm spoiled by great Mexican food. This is like a local version of a Chi-Chis. Its not far from downtown Topeka, and the parking lot is a little awkward to get in and out of (traffic is no problem, just strange parking lot).

Upon entering, I was shocked to find the one Mexican restaurant in the US without a Mexican in the building. The bartender: gringa. The host: gringo. Waitress: maybe Asian. Not sure who was working in the kitchen, but it was unlikely to be a Mexican.

The salsa was probably fresh, but with limited cilantro, and overly pureed. It was passable, and may have been canned. I asked for hot sauce and the best they could round up was Tabasco. No one knew what a chelada or michelada was.

I ordered Camarones á la Mojo de Ajo (Shrimp in a butter/garlic scami sort of sauce) with veggies. The shrimp weren't bad, but they weren't good either. The portion was good sized. It also came with (what appeared to be store bought) flour tortillas. The veggies were mushy, probably frozen, and definitely overcooked, then drowned in butter.

Service was marginal at best.

Their frozen margaritas appeared to be popular with the locals, although they appeared small, and if they were like the food, probably not worth the price.

Don't waste your time here if you are looking for authentic Mexican food. If you like Chi-Chis sort of Mexican, you may be satisfied with Pepe and Chela's.

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Tallahassee, FL
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Really?”
Reviewed July 14, 2009

This does not qualify as mexican food to me. Maybe Topeka-Mex . . . .

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