Friday, April 24, 2015

The Jalapeno Tree

The Jalapeno Tree is a Tex-Mex restaurant chain that promises "crazy good Mexican food" and, given its bright colors outside, was a place that spoke to me.  We had seen them in different small towns around east Texas and decided to try one for an early dinner in Mineola, TX.

The inside was as colorful as the outside, with brightly painted walls, quirky tablecloths and ceramic iguanas covering the walls.
Colorful lizards everywhere!

The menu wasn't huge, but had all the combos and sides that you would expect from any Mexican restaurant.  They make their own, handmade tortillas in the restaurant, which you could watch being made and were delivered to the table gratis.

The tortilla were really quite good.

The food itself was good, but we didn't think it was "crazy good."  However, relative to what's available at home, at the restaurant that shall remain nameless, it was delicious. But we have had better.

My dinner. I like the fact you could get the black beans and sauteed veggies instead of refried and rice.

Sid couldn't wait for me to take the picture before digging in!

To me, the most impressive thing about the chain is their commitment to public service.  Their Pepper Posse works in the local communities where these restaurants are located to provide fund raising, sponsorship and other benefits to schools and organizations.

The food was good enough and the philosophy outstanding, so we would definitely eat at this restaurant  again.  Besides, who could resist these guys?

The Pepper Posse

Until next time...

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