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Wolfgang Puck wannabe Mike Isabella will give diners an early taste of his forthcoming Ballston Mexican cantina Pepita with an evening pop-up at G next month.

The four-course menu for $40 will begin with a selection of antojitos—meaning “little cravings”—like tomatillo guacamole and a pumpkin seed dip (a dish from Isabella’s days at Bandolero). That’s followed with a choice of soup, salad, or ceviche and then a choice of tacos or other street food dishes. Orange cinnamon flan and chocolate tres leches are the dessert options. A vegetarian menu will also be available upon request. Coastal-themed cocktails from beverage director Taha Ismail will be offered a la carte for $11 to $13.

The Pepita menu will be available at G from 6 to 9:30 p.m. from Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Nov. 4-5, and Nov. 7-8. Reservations can be made by calling (202) 234-5015. Pepita is slated to open at 400 Wilson Blvd. in early 2015.

Check out the full menu below.


Served with tostadas & chicharrones, shaved pickled carrots & cucumbers

Guacamole jalapeno, cilantro, tomatillo

Salsa fresco tomato, chili, onion, cilantro, lime

Sikil pak pumkin seed, jalapeno, orange, cilantro

Salsa rojo chile guajillo, tomato, garlic

Salsa verde tomatillo, jalapeno, cilantro


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Posole verde pork belly, green chile, cabbage

Jicama salata cucumber, pineapple, arugula, spicy agave dressing

Wild stripped bass ceviche green tomato, persimmon, marisol pepper reduction

Crazy corn chipotle mayo, arbol, queso fresco, lime zest, corn nuts

Tacos/Street Food

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Al pastor pork shoulder, pickled pineapple, jalapeno

Chicken tinga chipotle, crema, lettuce, avocado

Crispy mahi mahi chipotle, avocado, cabbage, lime

Cauliflower enchilada poblano, chickpeas, cream, cilantro, red chile sauce

Empanada chihuahua cheese, charred tomatillo salsa


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Orange flan cinnamon crema

Chocolate tres leches


Pepita Margarita: Silver tequila, cointreau, clarified lime, house smoked salt

Viva Mexico: mezcal, aperol, passion fruit, lime, agave, egg white

Mezcal Mule: mezcal, ginger beer, lime juice, blood orange, cucumber

Palomita: reposado tequila, lime, agave, grapefruit cinnamon soda

Picante de la Casa: silver tequila, habanero, hibiscus, lime,

Mezcalita de piña: spiced pineapple infused Mezcal, kafir lime, cilantro, honey

Papa Viejo: anjeo tequila, avocado shrub, cream mezcal, bitters

Caballo: mezcal, green chartreuse, tamarind falernum, lemon, shiso leave

Rosita: tequila, grapefruit cordial , maple, peychauds

Carmelo: mezcal, mango, line, pomegranate molasses

Photo by Darrow Montgomery