Red Pepper Restaurant
The Red Pepper is an unassuming little hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant near Old Town Goleta. It is run by a very friendly Taiwanese woman and when there is time, we often request dishes off the menu that utilize whatever is very fresh that day and with more Taiwanese flavors.
No matter what you order, everyone receives a small plate of salad, with fried won-top strips and a sesame citrus dressing. It’s light and simple.
For our main dishes, we had a plate of tofu and vegetables, sauteed pea shoots with garlic, and a lamb with basil stir-fried dish. All were very fresh tasting.
Dessert was some simple orange slices and fortune cookies. We would have lingered longer, but we had to dash off to UCSB to catch a showing Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s 1989 masterpiece, City of Sadness.
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