Don Pedro's Mexican Restaurant

I recently received a tip from a fellow Salemite who is from my hometown of San Marcos, Texas. She said that Don Pedro's Mexican restaurant was the closest thing to Tex-Mex that she had found in the area.

My wife and I visited it for lunch on Sunday and I must say, she was right. We got the cheese enchilada plate and the chile relleno plate with chips and salsa. We felt a slight tingle of heat from the salsa...a good sign here in Salem, since most salsas that are served in other Mexican restaurants here resemble chunky tomato juice. It wasn't hot as hades like back at home, but tingly just the same.

The chile relleno's were good. Thank goodness! I was afraid it was going to be like every other chile relleno order I had braved here in Salem - essentially, slimey pepper omeletes.

The gravy covering both the enchiladas and the chile rellenos was the right color, but not quite the same taste and texture as true Tex-Mex. Close enough though, so I ain't complainin'.

Chips were decent. A little thick but they had a nice addition of a chili powder dusting on top.

The biggest drawback is the atmosphere. A little redecoration and the addition of some good conhunto music (and unplugging the TV) would do wonders for this great place.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Address, phone number & hours please?

Anonymous said...

I've heard so many people talk about Mexican restaurants that don't have enough flavor or zing, but aren't there different styles?

Amecameca said...

Please, Texas Ambassador, let's get the spelling right. It's conjunto. I have eaten at Don Pedro's and the best thing about it is that they are open for breakfast, unlike most of the other Salem Mexican restaurants. They are also relatively cheap, at least they were last time I ate there a few years ago. I think to say they are "Tex-Mex" is a stretch. Did you ask them if they are from Texas? I doubt it.

Texas Ambassador said...

Anon #1: Every day - 6:00am until 12:00pm

Anon #2: Maybe so, but Oregon Mexican food seems extra bland to me.

Amecameca: Boy did you wake up on the wrong side of breakfast buffet line.

Conhunto is the anglicized version of what you correctly spelled "conjunto." You call it conjunto, I call it conhunto...let's call the whole thing off.

And...I didn't say they were Tex-Mex. I said I was told it was the closest thing to Tex-Mex I was going to find here in Salem - the restaurant wasteland of America.

Did I ask them if they were from Texas? I didn't have to. ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm a field service tech, worked in 50 states. I've eaten in mexican restaurants all over the country, many of them in So California where I live. Whenever I'm in Salem, I always eat at Don Pedro's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With my expense account I could easily go to places 2-3 times more expensive, but I always find myself running to Don Pedro's every time. They have the best mexican food I've ever had anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Don Pedro's is the best! they make your food to order, it isn't assembly line food. They do take special orders and always get it right. (unlike other places that seem to never get a special order right!) Three cheers for Don Pedro's!!!

Anonymous said...

I'VE HAD THE BREAKFAST BURRITOS, THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS; WILL BE VISITING SOON FOR THE DINNER MENU; CAN'T HELP BUT THINK IT'LL BE JUST AS TASTY AS THE BREAKFAST MENU!

I HAVE TO SAY, IT WAS QUITE AMUSING READING THE POSTS BEWTWEEN Amecameca AND TexasAmbassador; this is just an opinion comment space, not meant for argument, everyone has their own opinion; nice of you to stand behind the restuarant Amecameca but because you are so defensive, you must either work there or manage the place or be an owner; dont take it so seriously, obviously there will be varying opinions and/or tastebuds and as far as decor goes, i can vouch that there is definately room for improvement; there is nothing wrong with constructive criticism; if you dont listen to the customers and consider their ideals, then you're not doing the right thing for your business.

All and all, everyone I've heard from that's visited the restaurant has been satisfied. I would recommned it for the breakfast burritos alone! :)

Chuck Bradley said...

Their breakfast burrito is gargantuan and good. My wife and I each had one and were both very pleased and very full. Carol only could handle half of hers. It's an order-at-the-counter place, rather like Muchas Gracias, but with a higher quality product. I thought salsa and/or condiments at a bar or on the tables would have been a worthy touch. Prices were quite reasonable. (Our visit here was in May 2010)