Does Pepe's have the best food on the Ave.? No. Does it even have the best mexican food on the Ave.? Well, that's questionable. Nonetheless, Pepe's remains one of my favorite restaurants in the U-District. Here's why: it's cheap, the food comes quick, it's a cozy atmosphere, the service is decent, and the food's not half bad either, not to mention the decent serving sizes. For a busy college student, this is all one can ask for. A family of four looking for a fine mexican dinner would want to look elsewhere.
I normally go for an enchilada, though watch out for the rice and beans, which aren't exactly gourmet. I've never heard any complaints from friends about specific items on the menu - it all tastes good!