7023 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46268
If I had a list of my favorite foods that I like to eat, burritos would be firmly planted towards the top. Even a bad burrito can be palatable. When I talk about Mexican food in Indy, I always get recommendation to go to Pancho’s Taqueria. Indianapolis Eater already gave the Allisonville location a try and gave it a WIBIA-Yes rating. I tried it about three years ago and it didn’t leave any lasting memories, so I thought that I would take another swing at it.
What I Ate: Lunch Special #12 – Burrito with sour cream and lettuce. Drink was included; $7.90 with tax.
Now, this was a little misleading. A sign on the front said they had specials from $4.99, but I didn’t see any lunch specials for that amount. Also, the sign said that all lunch specials were served with refried beans and rice.
As you can see, no beans and rice. When I opened my burrito, there were beans and rice inside, so I would assume that is what the sign meant? Kind of confusing. Pancho’s has a salsa bar with seemingly freshly made pico and four different types of salsa. I tried the pico and the “salsa for chips.” Looking at my plate, I thought…what am I going to do with iceberg lettuce topped with sour cream and a nasty looking tomato? I opened the burrito and dumped it all in and with a full scoops of the above mentioned salsa. The burrito shell was slightly grilled and made it difficult to reassemble with the increased amount of ingredients.
Pancho’s gives you the ability to choose from about seven different meats. Normal fare includes chicken, steak, ground beef, chorizo, carnitas, tripe, etc. The carne asada (steak) was cooked well and cut into very small pieces. I picked a few pieces out to taste them outside of the burrito and I found it to be a little bland. However, the meat was gristle free and had very little fat. The beans and rice were filler. If you have had ‘em once, I guess. The pico brightened it up a little and the salsa made the burrito a little too runny.
Would I Buy It Again? No. This was a boring burrito. $7.90 for a burrito and a drink is about as much as Chipotle and I am not sure if I would pick Pancho’s over Chipotle. For burritos or tacos, I prefer neighboring El Pastorcito or even El Taco Torro. It wasn’t a bad burrito and you should give it a try to see if you are with the masses. I found Pancho’s to be a step above the El Rodeo’s of the world, but a step below the burrito elite in Indy.