This gem of a restaurant is tucked away above an art gallery in the Havelock district of Lincoln. Pepe's is a vegetarian restaurant that uses locally sourced, fresh ingredients as much as possible and the result is stunning. On my last visit, both my mother and I ordered the sweet potato quesadillas, mine made vegan with the omission of the sour cream drizzle, and they were fantastic. Garnished with apple salsa and guacamole, it managed to be both comforting and gourmet. The great thing about Pepe's is that the ingredients of the dishes are simple and therefore each ingredient is allowed to shine.
For dessert, we split a slice of the chai apple pie. Apple pie is normally pretty low on my list of preferred pies, but the chai spices in this made it delicious and memorable. I love chai tea, and this was the perfect balance of chai spice and apple pie.
Pepe's is worth going a little out of your way for but if you need some extra motivation, there is a fabulous fabric store down the street, a vintage theater that screens movies and Husker games and several other little shops in the area. While I do wish that Pepe's had a location in Omaha, I'm still more than willing to make the trip to Lincoln to get my fix.