Pepes & Mitos is a large place in Deep Ellum. The tables are covered with oilclothes and well spaced and good sized. The restaurant has several rooms and an enclosed outdoor patio with fans. In the entrance room you can see through to the kitchen and a counter houses a large selection of cold drinks. The next room has a large bar where you can also sit and eat or just have drinks. A concrete floor, brick walls and exposed ductwork in the ceiling give it a casual feel. Lots of art is on the walls. Even with all the hard surfaces noise was not a problem. A number of large groups were there at lunch so it seems to be a good place for work people to lunch together. They have a good sized menu and do offer lunch specials for weekdays. Service was helpful and very friendly. Parking is on the street by meter or in a paid lot.
Good crisp cornchips came with a bowl of red sauce for each person. The chips were slightly salted and had good corn flavor. The salsa had a nice consistency, pleasant flavor and chunks of cilantro but not much spice.
We tried 2 of their lunch special plates. The #6 Enchiladas En Mole was made up of 2 enchiladas topped with their mole poblano sauce and stuffed with chicken or cheese, we chose chicken. They were topped with small sesame seeds and served with refried beans, rice and some dressed shredded lettuce. The mole had a good flavor and the chicken stayed nicely moist. The beans were well cooked and tasty and the side salad made a nice accompaniment to this good plate. All blended yielding good flavors and textures.
The # 16 Pork Carnita Tacos consisted of 2 flour tortillas stuffed with braised pork, sautéed with onions and poblano peppers, rice, refried beans, pico de gallo and chipotle wine sauce. A wedge of lime was on the plate to squeeze on the meat if desired and it was a good touch. The wine sauce was flavorful and had a thick enough consistency to spread in the taco. I added the pico de gallo to the tacos too and it was really good but I chose to eat with a knife and fork cause these would have been messy to eat by hand. The beans on the plate had been cooked a little long on the edges but the interior portion was creamy and rich and mixed in well with the tacos. The tortillas weren’t the thickest but they were tender and held the generous stuffing well. The poblano peppers were excellent and a generous amount of the them and the onions accented the tasty bits of pork perfectly. I’d get this again any day.