Pepperland Cafe has a big focus on locally-grown, organic ingredients, and this dedication to quality food was very apparent in every bite. The atmosphere was also very down-to-earth, with warm, welcoming colors on the walls.
To start my meal, I went with the Smuttynose IPA.
We also shared a massive plate of Pepperland's Sweet Onion Rings with Hot Mustard Aioli and Pepperland Ketjap ($7). I honestly ate about 10 of these - they were wonderfully crispy and lightly fried, and were the least greasiest onion rings I've ever had, which is a very good thing, in my book.
For another appetizer, Z and I split the Asparagus Soup ($4). We both love asparagus, and it was clear only fresh asparagus spears were used in this recipe. The soup was also very well seasoned.
Since we had also had some appetizers at my sister's house (we're a family that loves our appetizers), Z and I decided to split an entree. We opted for the House-made Porcini Pappardelle with Portobello Mushroom, Swiss Chard and Garlic, all smothered in a mushroom cream sauce ($17). Homemade pasta, cream sauce, and fresh mushrooms? Winner winner pasta dinner.
Like the ever-changing dinner menu, Pepperland's dessert menu also changes daily - what's for dessert is what the chef decided to bake that day. Luckily for us, the chef had made his famous Parsnip Cake on Saturday, and we all split a ginormous slice.
The cake was wonderfully moist, and reminded me of a lighter version of carrot cake (cream cheese frosting and all).
After dining at Pepperland Cafe, I can see why my sister and her husband are such fans of the place. I'll always support a local restaurant that appreciates local and/or organic food. A menu that changes daily means there's a chef in the kitchen who is innovative, dedicated and passionate, and that always comes out in their food.
What's your favorite restaurant that uses local and/or organic ingredients?