Green Pepper has a funny little hold on Mr. Beez and my hearts, because it is in the location that formerly housed Sweet Basil (a Thai & Filipino restaurant), where we had our first date. Misplaced nostalgia aside, Green Pepper holds its own with delicious Korean fare and a friendly neighborhood vibe.
I feel the need to get this out of the way early on: Green Pepper’s website and menu are peppered in weird disclaimers. I totally get that they are trying to be upfront, but being that upfront can be off-putting. Don’t let that scare you away. The proprietors are friendly and normal, and hope that you will be a courteous diner.
Now lets get to the food:
We left a party early that evening and still had time before the babysitter had to go home, so we were thrilled to get a chance for a grown up meal. Mr. Beez opted for the spicy bulgogi.
He loved it. I can’t ever get enough of the millions of side dishes that seem to come with every Korean meal, and I chowed down those tasty noodles before he had a chance to tell me to go away.
I went for my usual–the bi bim bap. Oh how I LOVE bi bim bap. I’m not a “the usual” kind of diner. I want to try something new every time I’m at a restaurant. I just love bi bim bap so darn much that I can’t help but order it when it is an option.
The food was prepared quickly and was fresh and tasty. And that kimchi? Made in house. And delicious. It was tangy and a little spicy. Not that gummy jarred nonsense.
Although we didn’t have more drinks that evening, the one thing I want to scream from the rooftops about Green Pepper is that they are not BYOB, but they do not rip you off with the wine prices either! I should probably be ashamed of this, but I drink enough cheap wine that I can usually spot it right off when a restaurant is trying to charge me $40 for a bottle that costs $7 at the state store. Green Pepper doesn’t serve fancy wines, but they don’t try to charge you like they are fancy wines either. A bottle of good ol’ Yellowtail only runs you $15 at Green Pepper. Sure it’s a markup, but the place has to make a buck, and I respect that they’re not trying to go hog wild in the process.
Green Pepper also has karaoke set up if you’ve got a mind to belt a few tunes. Mr. Beez was not (and is never) up for such things, so we gave it a pass that evening, but next time! Next time! All of Squirrel Hill will share in my vocal stylings.
Green Pepper has all the elements of an awesome neighborhood hangout. It’s a shame that it was so quiet there on the Friday night we visited. It’s a great place, and it deserves to be hoppin.