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If you want high quality Tex Mex food, DO NOT come here! As a kid I used to love a place called Pancho’s Mexican Buffet. In fact, I think it was the first time I experienced an “all you can eat” buffet in my life! There are no more Pancho’s in the New Orleans area, but two guys who used to work there opened this place as a spin off. They serve all the same foods Pancho’s used to serve, so coming here for me is basically reliving a fond childhood memory.
They also serve Fajitas, which I’ve never tried. I’ve only had the buffet. You start off grabbing a tray and walking down the buffet line telling the servers what you want. From start to end you have: tamales, taquitos, flautas, chili rellenos, Spanish rice, refried beans, cheese and chili sauces, mild and hot stew, beef, cheese, tex mex and sour cream enchiladas, tacos and guacamole. I think I got everything.
The next picture is what I got on my trip down the line! At the top are a beef, cheese and sour cream enchilada. The sour cream enchiladas have cheese in them and a taste I can’t put my finger on, but nothing to do with sour cream as far as I can tell. At the right, a beef taco with sour cream and guacamole. At the bottom, two tamales with tamale sauce, a chili relleno with cheese sauce, rice with mild stew on top (which is 90% potatoes), and refried beans. The next picture is what the chili rellenos look like on the inside. A small chili pepper, stuffed with cheese, surrounded with a batter that looks, and basically taste, like a sponge!
At the old Pancho’s, there was a little Mexican flag on the table. If you wanted more food you’d put the flag up and the waitress would come around, take your order, and bring you more. Now they have that light on the table. If you want more just press the top, the light comes on and your waitress will be there shortly.
If you come here, you MUST try the sopapillas! I love these things. Little triangles of hot, hollow fried dough. You poke a hole in them, smear butter inside, and then squeeze honey into them. In this case the butter is whipped vegetable oil spread, and the honey is some kind of syrup, but no matter. They’re delicious! These make coming here worth the trip!
There’s also an ice milk machine if you prefer that for dessert.
So if quantity is your preference over quality, this is the place for you!
3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA 70065 Ph: 504-466-4116