Pancheros Open Early?

May 11, 2012 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Missus tells me she saw folks eating at the new Pancheros Mexican Grill in Southpointe yesterday. The official opening date is Tuesday, so it’s not clear if they’re doing a soft opening or if the folks she saw were just testers.

On the one hand I’m excited to see Pancheros open. Southpointe has long needed another restaurant within the core of the mall. And y’all know how much I like Mexican food and its variants.

Then again, I don’t see anything about Pancheros that differentiates it from its burrito brethren. Cover up the logo on their website and it’d be impossible to say if they were talking about themselves, Chipotle, or Qdoba. Their one and only go-to factor appears to be the convenience of being located next to a movie theater. That’s something, I suppose.

Anyway, let us know if you’ve tried it. Perhaps they’ve got something in store that I’m just not seeing.

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Fletch May 11, 2012 at 1:57pm

Maybe it will make for shorter lines at Chipotle. That would be a good thing.

Scott May 12, 2012 at 3:00am

My family tried it in Iowa City (or Coralville?) and we were all disappointed.  Compared to Chipotle the portions were smaller and the taste was rather bland.  I’ll probably give it another chance here, but I’m not holding my breath.

Kim May 13, 2012 at 2:44pm

We have eaten at the one at Village Pointe in Omaha a couple times. I LIKE that the portions are somewhat smaller than Chipotle (which I like but don’t go to often because their burritos are about 3x the size of what I want to eat, hence a lot of my portion goes in the trash). I am not a fan of Qdoba. Panchero’s (at least the one I was at) forms the flour tortillas in a press as they are ordered and heats them on a flat top rather than a steamer. I didn’t notice whether they make corn tortillas. The fact this one is by the theater may be a plus for them in terms of ready-made patrons but will dissuade me from going as I do not want to battle that crowd. I never go to movies.

Scott T May 14, 2012 at 5:37pm

They are open.  I had lunch there today.  It is “training day” today so the food was free.

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