For years, Jalapenos restaurant in Peru has been packed with customers who are eager to eat its delicious food. Although indoor dining is still not allowed in Illinois, this weekend proved no exception for the love Jalapenos' customers have for the food.
Jalapenos found a new way to serve its customers by building a beautiful, wooden outdoor seating patio that's located on the building's west side.
The patio was packed with customers the night a friend and I got dinner. Although the outside patio was beautiful with adorable lighting, we decided to do takeout because the night we had dinner was a bit chilly to eat outside.
There were additional tables in front of the restaurant with customers too.
The two of us ordered a large queso cheese dip ($9) to accompany our chips.
I ordered three chile rellenos without meat ($12), while my friend ordered three chili rellenos with meat ($12). We shared an "El Grande Special" ($12.50), which included a chalupa, chile relleno, enchilada, beef taco, rice and beans.
My friend and I are big fans of Jalapenos, and our recent meal exceeded our expectations with the warm, fresh food and the excellent service we were provided.
The staff is always knowledgeable and accommodating to any questions we have about the food. They are always friendly.
The restaurant does offer children's meals for those with families.
Also, Jalapenos's menu includes wine, beer and the world's best margaritas with the flavors raspberry, lime, strawberry, piña colada, swirl Margarita (any two flavors combined).
The family owned and operated restaurant was opened in Peru in 2003 by Enrique Delgado to bring authentic Mexican food to the Illinois Valley.
"Showing up every morning 2 hours before open, the employees chop all vegetables daily, and use the freshest ingredients available. Jalapenos is a fun, family friendly restaurant that provides great service and delicious meals," the website says.
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IF YOU GO:
WHERE: 4387 Venture Drive, Peru, IL 61354
CONTACT: (815) 220-1638