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Don Pepe's in Fresno (again!), a Report on Shrimp Diabla

glazebrookgirl | | Aug 25, 2006 11:30 PM

Hubby and I headed over to Don Pepe's for lunch again and I had visions of shrimp dancing in my head! I really wanted to try one of their shrimp combination plates, here were my options:

Shrimp Diabla
Mojo de ajo
(Also have shrimp toastado and shrimp cocktail, but I wanted to try someting new)

I ordered the shrimp diabla, because spicy sounded good. I got a huge plate of food with rice, beans topped with cojito, guacamole, salsa fresca, cabbage, and the plump shrimp swimming in a fiery red sauce. The plate also came with your choice of flour or corn tortillas. I choose the corn tortillas. I squeezed some lime juice over the shrimp and proceeded to build a taco. I discovered it is named Diabla for a reason! The sauce tasted like a very spicy cocktail sauce, and I would imagine they might use the cocktail sauce for the diabla. The color was more orange-y, so they probably add some chiles for heat and puree it or something. It was tomato-y and rich and very hot. In contrast to the sweet, plump shrimp, the fiery sauce really worked well.

Hubby ate off my plate as well and loved the sauce, too. We also had a couple of tacos, a chicken taco and carnitas. Hubby loved the carnitas, moist, shredded meat with good pork flavor. The chicken was also moist and juicy, spiced well. The tacos are also served with pinto beans, and while that is unusual, it seems to work well here. The corn tortillas seem homemade and are excellent. Again, we love coming here for the good food and reasonable prices.

Did some research on our shrimp choices and here is a brief description of what the other dishes probably are like:

Shrimp veracruzana: shrimp served in an onion, olive, tomato, and caper sauce either with sauteed or grilled shrimp. A coastal influence. Sounds yummy!

Shrimp zarandeado: shrimp served with chiles, tomatoes, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, and onion. The soy is used because of the Asian influence found along Mexico's west coast.

Shrimp Mojo de Ajo: quick fried shrimp served in a toasted garlic sauce. Sounds like you toast garlic in oil and add the spice you like (chipotle, ancho, etc.) and then quick fry the shrimp. Sounds good!

Shrimp Botana: a cold shrimp salad served with a lemon jalapeno dressing, usually. A little bit harder to find info on.

It's looks as though there is a lot of shrimp in my future!!

Don Pepe's
4582 N Blackstone Ave
Fresno, CA 93726
(559) 224-1431