For diners who require a soft drink with every meal, Pep's is the place. Pepsi has launched the first ever fast-beverage restaurant where your cola order informs the best pairing for your meal.
Pep's Place is a ghost kitchen experience through which customers in limited markets — Bakersfield along with Alameda, Fresno, Gilroy, Hayward, Irvine, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands and San Jose — can order from their phone for pickup or delivery.
“For years we have known that Pepsi is the perfect complement to a variety of foods," Todd Kaplan, vice president of marketing for Pepsi, said in a news release. "But even though consumers know that food tastes Better With Pepsi, they often still forget to order a beverage with their favorite meals.
"With the launch of Pep’s Place, we have designed a new ‘fast beverage’ restaurant delivery concept that features a menu and experience literally built around the idea of what foods go best with Pepsi, allowing consumers at home to fully optimize their meals. We are confident that by doing this, everyone will agree – and taste firsthand – how well Pepsi goes with their favorite foods.”
Based on the local Pep's Place address listed online — 7777 Rosedale Highway — it seems to be partnered with Famous Dave's, which is not surprising given the menu.
Start with a drink choice of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Zero, Pepsi Real Sugar, Pepsi Cherry, Pepsi Zero Cherry, Pepsi Mango or Pepsi Zero Mango. From there, entrees are paired with your beverage with options ranging from a chicken Caesar salad and wings to "lip-smakin'" spareribs and Louisiana-style chicken sandwich. The menu also offers a classic burger and slow-smoked chopped pork sandwich.
You can choose from seven side dishes: broccoli, jalapeño mac and cheese, fries, sweet corn, rib bone or two rib bones in Pepsi barbecue sauce as well as the sauce on its own, which seems like it should be listed as a condiment.
A brownie is currently the only dessert.
The soft drink maker also launched "Better with Pepsi," described as an "unapologetic national campaign to show consumers that nothing goes better with their favorite foods than an ice-cold Pepsi."
Order now at PepsPlaceRestaurant.com and through third-party delivery services Door Dash, Grub Hub and Uber Eats.