4- The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Thursday, October 20, 1994
Panchero's might just convince you to make a run for that border
By PAUL BARGER
On a college campus, the quantity that a meal is served
in often outweighs the quality. Pizza establishments
throughout Ann Arbor are the masters of selling great
amounts of their below average product by employing an
enormous amount of bargain deals geared towards the
student body (e.g. Gumby's five large pizzas for $20).
The Panchero's burrito has one
quality Immensely important to
most college students: It Is very
big. Unfortunately, it isn't any good.
I wasn't expecting the best meal
that I had ever eaten, but I could
never have Imagined that the food
would be so bland.
Pancheros, located on South University, reaffirms
this idea that size and price are more important than taste.
The chain is recognized as the "home of the 2 lb. burrito"
and can be found in college towns throughout the midwest.
What boggles the mind is how anybody could possi-
Panchero s portions are plentiful, but taste is tiny
bly finish the 2 lb. burrito. I personally ordered the regular
bean burrito and was shocked to see how big it was. I was
equally disappointed to find out how bad it was.
The Panchero's burrito has one quality immensely
important to most college students: It is very big. Actually
it is enormous. Unfortunately, it isn't any good. I wasn't
expecting the best meal that I had ever eaten, but I could
never have imagined that the food would be so bland.
I took a bite of a chicken taco and discovered that the
flavorless nature of Panchero's food did not confine itself
to the wide variety of burritos. Pancheros does, in fact,
have a very impressive and enticing menu, including eight
different burritos and five different tacos, it is just greatly
lacking in the more important areas.
Because of proximity and style of food the natural
comparison to Pancheros is Taco Bell. During the meal
one of my companions stated that he wished that we had
made a "run for the border" instead. I had to agree with
him. A basic Taco Bell bean burrito, as many know, is a
mere $0.59. However, it would probably take more than
five of them to equal the size of the Pancheros burrito,
which runs customers $2.65.
The prices and ingredients are basically the same. But,
as hard as it is to believe (and even harder to write), the
food at Taco Bell simply tastes better.
Pancheros' patrons do have more options, including
tortas, a mexican sandwich topped with lettuce tomatoes,
onions, hot sauce, cheese, and sour cream. The sandwich
can be made with steak, chicken, chorizo, beans, pork,
avocado, and a few combinations.
This was actually pretty good. The sour cream and
sauce added enough flavor to disguise the lack of taste in
The meal was saved by an unlikely item; the apple
burrito. For a mere $0.94 patrons can partake in "apple
filling wrapped in a fried tortilla sprinkled with cinnamon
and sugar." It sounds a little too sweet, but it truly was a
great way to salvage the meal. One of my companions
ordered a churro (or cinammon twists as they are called at
"the Bell") and was equally satisfied.
Pancheros states on its menu that ceratin items are
prepared "vegetarian style," but strict vegetarians should
carefully observe their order being cooked. Every item is
prepared on the same greasy stove and many remnants are
left on the grill after one item has already been served. One
customer cringed when she realized that her bean and
avocado torta was made on the same spot as a pork taco.
I would suggest that everyone give Pancheros a fair
chance. As I have stated, it is inexpensive, very filling, and
some may find that with enough sauce, the food is not all
that bad. It is, however, just another reminder that in the
world of the late night munchies and the starving student,
it is not the quality of the food that counts, but the size of
the package that it comes in.
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