Pepper Sisters American southwest cuisine in Bellingham, WA is excited to celebrate its 30-year anniversary on August 18, 2018! Melding unique, regional flavors, Pepper Sisters offers wholesome, scratch-made New Mexican cooking, crafted and served with love.
Pepper Sisters’ unique culinary offerings, consistent quality, warm service, and stellar ambiance has kept customers coming back for three decades. Not to be confused with a classic Mexican restaurant, you will find that Pepper Sisters does serve enchiladas and burritos, but with distinctly New Mexican ingredients, including various types of chilis, blue corn, hominy, and spices.
Nightly seafood and vegetarian specials, as well as rotating desserts, are also offered. The herbed goat cheese blue-corn rellenos, southwest pizza, red chili pesto burrito, and sopaipillas (traditional fry bread with honey butter for dipping) are just a few of the offerings you can’t find anywhere else in town.
Owner and founder, Susan Albert felt drawn to the restaurant industry from an early age. She honed her culinary skills working at the Rhododendron Café in Bow, WA, and became inspired by the unique cuisine of the American Southwest. After numerous research trips to New Mexico, Pepper Sisters was born.
“It was easy to fall in love with the southwest, the high desert sun, the food, art, and culture,” said Albert.
The restaurant first opened its doors on the corner of Garden and Holly streets, and four years later, moved to its current location at 1055 N. State Street. Pepper Sisters has a distinctive, warm, and inviting ambiance. It is filled with art by local artist Jane Burns, and booths along a brick wall that was blackened by a fire that happened decades ago. During the summer months, customers can dine al fresco on the back deck. Pepper Sisters is both family-friendly, and a great place to take a date.
Who are the “Pepper Sisters”? While the red and green chilies which are central to southwestern cuisine are the original “sisters” in the restaurant’s namesake, Albert does have two daughters, Chelan and Molly, who have grown into their roles as “Pepper Sisters”. Both sisters work at the restaurant and Chelan now shares management duties with Susan.
“This has been a true blessing, working with my daughters, something I could hardly have imagined 30 years ago!” said Albert.
Open nightly for dinner 4:30-9 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.