Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pepper Sisters: 1055 N. State Street

Can you believe in all the years I have lived in Bellingham, until last night I had never eaten at Pepper Sisters? It is hard to fathom since it is one of those restaurants that everyone equates with Bellingham. I think for some unknown reason, I always assumed, yet again incorrectly, that there was nothing vegan there. How happily wrong I was to discover that there are at least five or six options listed right on the menu that can be made vegan! It is always so refreshing to be able to order right off the menu. Don't get me wrong, I truly appreciate restaurants that are creative and accommodating, but it is also nice to see the word "vegan"on the menu itself and know that you don't have to explain and ask questions. And, to top it off, to have more than one choice is also pretty cool. Although I am not used to it and so in those cases, I find myself taking longer to decide what I want when usually I am the first person ready to order!

Last night after a bit of deliberation, I decided on the eggplant tostada. I have to admit my favorite part of the dish was the pico de gallo, which was particularly good. And I also liked the fresh cabbage on top which gave it a really good flavor and texture. The eggplant I wasn't particularly crazy about, but I am one of those people who is really picky about how eggplant is cooked. (It's kind of a texture thing.) Another thing I would have liked to be different is that for some reason the tostada was made from a flour tortilla instead of corn. However, the staff is so nice there that I am sure I could ask for corn next time. (Although I probably won't order it next time because there are still so many other items I want to try.)

The portions are huge and the tostada also comes with a large side of really tasty and hearty short-grain brown rice, the good brown rice that is nutty and chewy. I took over half of my meal home, and had a really good although unconventional breakfast of leftovers this morning, a nice way to kick off a lazy Sunday.

The decor at Pepper Sisters is colorful and cheery, and the atmosphere is bright and warm. I had heard that on the weekends the place is packed and it is better to dine early, which proved to be true. We arrived at 5:30 and still had to get on the list and wait for half an hour. There were quite a few people waiting, but no one really seemed to mind, despite the cramped quarters. I think that speaks well of a place when the people waiting are looking forward to their food so much that they are still in a good mood. The prices were a little higher than I expected for more simple and wholesome food, but when you think about the fact that you will more than likely have leftovers, then it seems like a better value. In addition, I don't mind paying a little extra to support a restaurant that is so vegan-friendly. So last night was my first Pepper Sisters experience, but definitely not my last, and I look forward to sampling more of the vegan options they offer at some future date.


aly said...

I'm also picky about eggplant, and they were able to substitute with potatoes. With the pica de gallo, it was fantastic.

CM said...

Yum with potatoes--what a great idea! Thanks for letting me know. I will check that out next time I am there. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this entire "Vegan In Bellingham" list. I live just across the border in BC and we go south every couple weeks to Bellingham. I assumed there weren't a lot of options for a vegan such as myself in the US (no offense but every restaurant we had tried they didn't even know what "vegan" was lol) so we always wait to eat when we get home. This is totally going to change our trips down. Your site has been bookmarked on my computer! Can't wait to try Pepper Sisters on our next visit :) -Heidi

CM said...

Your comment made my day! I am so happy to hear that this is helpful. Let me know if you ever have specific questions about particular restaurants, and I will help you out however I can! :)