The Bottom Line
- Pancho's serves up a delicious and unique cheese dip.
- There is rarely a wait to be seated -- even on a weekend night.
- The restaurant offers several romantic, semi-private booths lit by candlelight.
- Pancho's food is Tex-Mex, not authentic Mexican.
- Special requests (e.g., omit onions, add olives, etc.) are almost always forgotten.
- Pancho's cheese dip, salsa, and salad dressing (which is delicious!) are available in select Mid-South grocery stores.
- Pancho's locations:
- 87 S. 2nd Street in Memphis
- 717 N. White Station Road in Memphis
- 3600 E. Broadway Street in West Memphis
- In addition to their casual dining restaurants, Pancho's also has a fast food restaurant at 2841 S. Perkins Road in Memphis.
- This review is based on dining experiences at the White Station Road Pancho's location.
Guide Review - Pancho's Mexican Restaurant
The rest of the food at Pancho's is less inspiring. They offer a menu full of Tex-Mex favorites including tacos, burritos, chimichangas, taco salads, and quesadillas that are okay but nothing to write home about. Be aware, too, that it isn't always easy to have an order customized at Pancho's. After numerous failed attempts at getting my meal sans onions, I now only order entrees that don't come with onions to begin with.
All of that being said, it is worth noting that many of Pancho's meals are priced at $10 or less. With adequate portion sizes and free chips and dip, a meal at Pancho's is a great deal.
Surprisingly enough, the ambience at Pancho's is rather romantic. The entire restaurant is dimly lit and Latin music plays softly overhead. The restaurant boasts several semi-private booths creating an intimate setting.
Though not fine-dining by any means, Pancho's is a nice place for a casual meal. In spite of its few flaws, I find myself going back again and again. Perhaps it's for the cheese dip.