Pepperbelly's has one of the coolest settings of any restaurant I have ever seen. Hard to explain, but it has an open kitchen, with a kind of a retro gas station scenario, with rusted vintage gas station signs, old gas pumps, and steel tables. The food is just as good, although quite a bit more upscale. It's funky mexican influenced food with things like grilled shrimp burritos with cilantro lime sauce. The tortilla chips are red & white, served in a paper-lined mini steel bucket. Cool, inventive and delicious. Fun place for dates or get togethers, but your kids (and you) would be comfortable there too..
They always have a great monthly special -- so be sure to check the banner out front. Service is really good, but I hear they lost their previous chef, and went through a second pretty fast (he was more a traditional mexican food guy), so here's hoping they get the first guy back...
The only thing I wonder about is why aren't these places everywhere??? Hey, if you're an investment group hunting looking for the next "Outback Steakhouse" chain concept -- come check out Pepperbelly's. It's just a great place to eat and have fun.