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Welcome To Panchero's

Let the confusion end now. To the many Burrito Blog faithful who have urged us to try Panchero's, and to those who will in the future, allow us to make it clear that Burrito Blog has indeed experienced Panchero's in all it's tortilla glory.

In fact I, Phil Jonas, Northern California Burrito Analyst, and former University of Michigan Wolverine, have been to Panchero's in Ann Arbor approximately 100 times. Jonah Feld, Lead Burrito Analyst, was fortunate enough to share a few of these trips during a college visit to his good elementary school chum, me.

Why has it taken us this long to present this information? Documentation and record keeping from our earlier burrito eating days are sparse. Pictures and notes of these Panchero's experiences are nowhere to be found. This will constitute a retro review, and one that, for me, invokes significant feelings of nostalgia.

Panchero's was a burrito beacon in my college days, and homage must be paid.

You can find the Panchero's menu here (PDF in new window).

Panchero's was founded in 1992 and currently operates 32 restaurants in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

This entry is filed in Panchero's.

Monday, April 17, 2006 by Phil.


Pancheros > All

At least as far as I know, any place to get a better burrito in the Metro Detroit area? If you don't love Pancheros then don't bother responding.

Posted by: Adam at August 9, 2006 01:28 PM

Panchero's burrito is the best burrito in the world! A group of co-worhers and i (McKesson Pharmacy Systems) go every fri to close our hectic weeks with a little bit of burrito heaven! Thank Panchero's

Clint Mutha F'n Dorey

Posted by: Clint Mutha F'n Dorey at January 23, 2007 04:35 PM

Upon stumbling onto this site, I was ecstatic. I have been enjoying burritos since I was in middle school. However, when I saw your rankings of Panchero's and Qdoba were the same, I was appalled. Panchero's serves up an amazing meal, the el gordo (not on the menu, by request only) is a true burrito masterpiece. Its massive size and taste are unparralleled, especially by the mediocre Qdoba. I'm shocked that you can ever go back to eating steamed tortillas after having the freshly pressed panchero's edition. However, I'm willing to overlook this travesty because you clearly have a passion for burritos, which I definately appreciate.

Posted by: ELburritoboy at February 3, 2007 07:30 PM

Just like Phil I'm a University of Michigan grad and Pancheros found a special place in my heart. I was known to have frequented the place up to 5 times a week. I also had it multiple times in the same day. A coworker and I used to keep tabs on each other Pancheros intake. I miss Pancheros now that I live in a non-Pancheros state. Oh and it's been at least 4 years since I've tasted a delicious burrito with a cheese quesdilla on the side.

Posted by: Jeff at January 16, 2008 04:00 PM

Pancheros is absolulty the best. we just got one in portage Michagan and i eat there more than anywhere else

Posted by: Robert at March 4, 2008 11:08 AM

Panchero's USED to be the best burrito north of the border. I have fond memories (many of them) of scarfing down their steak burritos during my four years in Iowa City. Sadly, they have changed their burrito format from authentic, unhealthy, and delicious to bland, more health-conscious, and Chipotle-style. They're still good, but they're not the same. For a taste of what Panchero's used to be like, check out La Bamba (at a college campus near you).

If you're in Chicago (where I live now), there are good burritos on every corner, and Panchero's doesn't stack up here. Check out Flash Taco or Taco Burrito House.

Posted by: Geoff at May 7, 2008 03:04 PM

Wow - I'm amazed at all this Panchero's love! I wasn't nearly so impressed. I recently moved to East Lansing, MI (home of MSU) and was introduced to Panchero's for the first time. The only noteworthy thing I can say about them is it's cool to watch them make the fresh tortilla, but once that's over you're left with a pretty bland burrito. The chicken burrito had very little taste and was almost a little gamey. I may be a bit biased, being a Chicago burrito fan, but still. If you end up in Michigan and are looking for a better fast burrito (or a nice quesadilla), I'd head to BTB Burrito in Ann Arbor or East Lansing -- much tastier experience!

Posted by: Leaf at June 12, 2008 12:24 PM

I've noticed recently that Panchero's seems to have added something to their meats, as they seem to have more flavor than in times past. I still don't think either Qdoba or Chipotle can stack up, and until other burrito joints follow suit with the tortilla, will have a hard time in my opinion matching Panchero's.

But, I'll eat any burrito and compare.

Posted by: Jordan at June 12, 2008 04:56 PM

Aahh... I miss you Pancheros! I remember back in the day in Iowa City they used to have the famous "2 pound burrito"... that's long gone, but no tortilla can compare to theirs. I crave there food often and try to find it when I travel... As Annie Lenox once sang... "nothing compares... to you!" She MUST have been singing about Pancheros!

Posted by: Angie at February 19, 2009 04:54 PM

Pancheros has a special place in my heart as well. It was at the Michigan Pancheros where the relationship between my now husband and I grew. I meet my future mother-in-law there, celebrated events and made wonderful memories at the table looking out to the Sex Store. We would grab coupon books by the hand-full from the homeless guys just for the Pancheros coupon. We have not found an equal to this day. My husband has even looked into purchasing a dough-pro to try and re-make the burito. Wish they would come to Washington State.

Posted by: Elizabeth at February 23, 2009 06:27 PM