Two weekend ago when I wasn’t feeling very well, Jake and S were over and I decided that the only thing I really wanted to do that weekend was take a trip up to Vista to try out Pepper Tree Frosty and Danny’s Donuts. I read about Danny’s Donuts and Pepper Tree Corner on Pink Candles of Ridgemont High. CC wrote about their awesome blueberry donuts (post forthcoming) and I also wanted to try the food over at Pepper Tree Frosty.
This is it! It’s a free standing building with an ice cream window in the front and food served around the corner (from this angle, you are looking at the Food window).
They had a photo of what it looked like originally when they opened back in 1953. It doesn’t look much different from today! The only difference seems to be the sign change and the patio that was built next to it.
This is the ice cream menu. They serve A TON of different stuff here! From shakes and malts to snow cones, slushes, sundaes, smoothies, banana splits, soft serve, hard scoop ice cream, dipped cones and more! Click the photo above so you can read the menu better!
Around their window there’s even MORE offerings – ice cream sandwiches and other treats that you’d see at an ice cream truck, t-shirts, and other little bits.
I liked this sign. Reminded me of those intermission ads they used to show at the movies or the drive-in.
The food menu is really just basic, diner type, fast food stuff. It’s not gourmet, people. It’s cheap, easy food! Click the photo above to actually read the menu.
[carne asada fries / $5.00]
Jake ordered the Carne Asada Fries. Not bad for $5 – with sour cream and guacamole included! The carne asada wasn’t the best, but it was decent enough and tasted pretty good with the fries. The guacamole was a little weird, it tasted a bit cold and store bought. But you shouldn’t expect too much for $5 carne asada fries. Jake said though it was pretty good for what it was. The fries were crisp and that was good.
[nachos / $3.45]
S wanted nachos for lunch and this was his order. It came with homemade chips! Homemade chips always look different from the already made chips – I’m pretty sure they just cut up some tortillas and plopped this in the fryer. The chips were warm and crunchy. It’s has a basic nacho cheese sauce. S really liked these and didn’t want to share with us, haha. He was gracious enough to let us have a few.
[deep fried burrito / $2.20]
Jake also ordered a deep fried burrito. I forgot to take a photo of the innards, but it was a bean and cheese burrito. Sort of like one of those frozen ones you’d get at the grocery store, but just thrown into the fryer for a crispy exterior. Jake said this was exactly what he was expecting so he was happy with it. It was pretty small, but you can’t complain too much since it was only $2.20.
[patty melt on sourdough / $3.35]
For myself I got a Patty Melt on sourdough bread, swapping out the usual rye bread (due to my intense dislike of caraway seeds). They use two hamburger patties to fill it up plus grilled red onions and cheese slices. It was decent – the patties were seasoned and the grilled onions were sweet and delicious. My biggest qualm was that my bread was not really grilled properly… it looked like it touched the flattop for maybe 30 seconds since it’s very lightly toasted. It’s nothing fancy but I liked it anyway. Maybe I could ask them to toast/grill the bread for longer.
[onion rings / $2.50]
I also got some onion rings to go with my sandwich that had grilled onions in it.
I kind of have a thing for onions.
Mmmm, delicious onions.
These have a thick batter on them and are typical of what you’d find in a diner type settings. Frozen, decent. Not terrible but not awesomely great either. Sometimes you just want onion rings.
[butterscotch dipped cone / small – $2.90]
They have three kinds of dipped cones here – chocolate, cherry and butterscotch. I love dipped cones and was excited to see flavors beyond chocolate – which is the only flavor they have at Foster’s Freeze (our go-to dipped cone spot).
By the time Jake got this back to the table it had already started getting holes in it and melting all over the place. I managed to make quite the mess, but it was delicious and worth it. They only do small or large dipped cones (it explicitly states on the menu they do not dip medium cones – I wished I had asked why).
The butterscotch dip is sweet, buttery and creamy. Their soft serve is also a nice flavor, I just wished it didn’t get holes in it in so quickly!
All in all it was a cheap, fun meal. I’m glad we checked it out but since it’s quite far away from us I don’t know if we’d make regular stops here. Danny’s Donuts post soon – which is right next door to Pepper Tree Frosty!
270 S Santa Fe Ave.
Vista, CA 92084