I might make a few enemies saying this.
But it must be said: The Red Pepper is not good. It is terrible. The only time it can be justified is if you’re drunk off your ass at 2 a.m., stumbling into the shabby restaurant and ordering three of everything.
And in what I thought was old news but apparently not, the late-night favorite in Grand Forks is expanding to Fargo. While FM has been lucky to get two GF transplants, Deek’s Pizza and Rhombus Guys, Red Pepper is not in the same league.
It is that oxymoron, “Americanized Mexican” food, that “The Pepper” specializes in. Cold grinders, or hoagies or submarines or po’boys (whatever), filled with room-temperature ground beef, unmelted cheese, near-white iceberg lettuce and the famous White Sauce. I haven’t been able to figure out exactly what the worshiped White Sauce is, but it seems like a mix of ranch and mayonnaise or something.
Another specialty that keeps the inebriated college students in the always-long line is the “garbage plate.” I don’t know if it’s still available or if it will be at the Fargo location, but it was described to me by a former employee as the food ingredients that drop into a catch-all under the sandwich assembly area. That grab bag of ingredients is put on a tostada shell and served up. It’s always a surprise!
There are the other offerings like enchiladas, tacos, burritos and more.
I think you should try it out when the Fargo Red Pepper opens if you haven’t had their sort of non-authentic Mexican fare, but continued trips may change my view of your culinary convictions.