Pancheros Mexican Grill, which is widely known as just Pancheros, is a fast-casual Tex Mex restaurant chain based in the United States of America. They are specialized in serving Mexican-style food items such as quesadillas, burritos, tacos, bowls, salads, and others.
Pancheros is famous for making their tortillas on the spot, at the time an order is placed. The prices charged by this restaurant are similar to those you can find at their competitors, which include Qdoba, Moe’s, and Chipotle. However, you can get a better idea about it by taking a look at the table below where you will find the latest Pancheros Mexican Grill menu prices.
|Carnitas Tacos||2 Pc.||$5.69|
|Chicken Tacos||2 Pc.||$5.69|
|Steak Tacos||2 Pc.||$5.69|
|Veggie Tacos||2 Pc.||$5.69|
|Carnitas Burrito Bowl||$7.48|
|Chicken Burrito Bowl||$7.48|
|Steak Burrito Bowl||$7.48|
|Veggie Burrito Bowl||$7.48|
|Chips & Guac||$3.45|
|Chips & Queso||$3.45|
|Chips & Salsa||$2.3|
|Guacamole||Small (2 oz.)||$1.15|
|Guacamole||Large (5.5 oz.)||$2.88|
Pancheros Mexican Grill has an interesting story. After graduating from the University of Chicago with an MBA, Rodney Anderson opened the first restaurant in Iowa City, next to the University of Iowa campus, with the money he made from the stock market. Also, in 1992 he opened another location in East Lansing, Michigan, near the Michigan State University campus. Ten more locations were opened in similar Midwestern college school towns.
In 1998 Pancheros Mexican Grill went through a renovation and modernization process, that included a more upscale diner décor and the addition of a dough press for preparing fresh-pressed tortillas fresh, on-site.
In 2003 the first non-corporate Pancheros restaurant was opened.
In 2006 Pancheros Mexican Grill was voted by Sports Illustrated as the most popular spot to eat in Iowa City when bars close.
In 2007 “Bob the Tool” was introduced for the first time in Pancheros restaurants. Bob proved to be a famous part of this dining experience, mixing burritos in advance and then rolling them up and leaving each ingredient spread evenly throughout the burrito. It has largely led to the restaurant’s vogue for their exclusive burritos.
Pancheros went again through a slight rebranding process in 2012. They changed their logo a little and the atmosphere in the restaurant into a more industrial and warmer one.
Nowadays, there are more than 70 Pancheros Mexican Grill restaurants in 13 U.S. states.
Pancheros Mexican Grill basically offers five entrees you can choose from, including tacos, burritos, salads, bowls, and quesadillas. After you choose the type of entrée you wish, you have to select the type of meat or veggie you want. These would include tendered grilled, fresh-cut steak, sauteed and marinated vegetables, carnitas (seasoned, slow-roasted pork), and marinated, grilled all-white chicken meat. Some other ingredients would include roasted corn salsa, rice, pinto beans, black beans, lime, and cilantro.
The prices depend on the type of food you order. For example, for a burrito or a burrito bowl you will have to pay around $8.50, while quesadillas cost anywhere between $6.50 and $7.50. Salads are priced at around $8.50 each and tacos cost almost $6. The cheapest are the side foods, that cost anywhere between $2 and $5.
The restaurant tends to be very busy, especially during lunch time. However, their locations are very clean and have a warm ambiance. The décor has an industrial appearance, with classic wooden tables and chairs. The customers appreciate the neatness and style of this restaurant so you won’t find a lot of negative reviews. Also, the staff is very friendly and attentive.
Pancheros Mexican Grill FAQs
At what time does Pancheros Mexican Grill open?
Most Pancheros Mexican Grill restaurants open at 09:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. However, this may vary from one location to another and you should visit the company’s official website to check this information.
At what time does Pancheros Mexican Grill close?
In general, Pancheros Mexican Grill stores close at 11:00 p.m. every day. But again, it depends on the location and the day of the week.
How is Pancheros Mexican Grill different from Chipotle?
Compared to Chipotle tortillas that are brittle and cold, and just warmed up, Pancheros Mexican Grill tortillas are warm and soft, freshly made on site.
How many Pancheros Mexican Grill restaurants are there?
There are more than seventy Pancheros Mexican Grill restaurants located across thirteen U.S. states.
Who owns Pancheros Mexican Grill?
Pancheros Mexican Grill is owned by Rodney Anderson, who founded this business in 1992 by opening the first restaurant in Iowa City, Iowa.
Are Pancheros Mexican Grill burritos vegan?
Pancheros Mexican Grill offers many burrito options including vegan such as Pancheros Tofusada.