Pepito’s is one of the most boring-looking stores on the street. But be a true Chowhound like rworange and go inside, and you’ll discover that the little Mexican grocery store is actually mostly a restaurant–with a surprise secret garden patio in back, shaded by trees, complete with fountain and flowers.

The enchilada suiza is recommended–stewed chicken in a complex mole sauce, topped with a little cheese and crema. Chips are thin, crisp, and deliciously lardy. Carnitas tacos are great, too, full of juicy, crispy, porky carnitas. J T likes the caldo de pollo (but recommends against the caldo de mariscos).

And cough up an extra 35 cents for a piece of rich, golden pound cake full of plump raisins, from the pan dulce case.

Pepito’s Deli [East Bay]
1087 23rd St., Richmond

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Richmond–Pepito’s Deli – Sitting on the patio by the fountain eating the best enchilada Suiza & thin lardy chips ($2.50)
Richmond–Pepito’s Deli Mexicatessen – Mexican / Southwestern food & a patio

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