Pancho's: 24-hour Mexican food

Pancho's: 24-hour Mexican food

KC restaurant chain opens Topeka spot at White Lakes
January 5, 2012

A popular Kansas City Mexican chain has opened a location in Topeka, and late-night cravers of tacos, burritos and chimichangas may wonder how they ever survived without it.

ADDRESS: 3506 S.W. Topeka Blvd.
HOURS: Open 24 hours a day

• Five Rolled Tacos (cheese, guacamole & lettuce) – $5.25
• Chicken Burrito (rice & beans) – $5.25
• Shredded Beff Burrito (rice, beans, guacamole & lettuce) – $5.25
• Three Rolled Tacos (rice, beans, guacamole & lettuce) – $5.25
• Smothered Burrito (rice & beans) – $5.25 

Pancho's Mexican Food, 3506 S.W. Topeka Blvd., is open 24 hours a day, offering up made from scratch Mexican cuisine at bargain prices. The chain was founded in Kansas City, Kan., in 2005, and now boasts five locations in Kansas and Missouri. The Topeka Pancho's opened Dec. 21, and has already built a robust lunch and dinner crowd.

Families are a familiar sight, said manager Gerardo De La Torre – they love the food and can enjoy a meal out without straying from their budget. Many customers at the Topeka location are familiar with the chain, and happy to have a hometown location to buy favorites like the Carne Asada tacos or breakfast burritos.

According to its corporate website, Pancho's is the largest Mexican restaurant brand in the Kansas/Missouri area, in terms of its number of locations. The restaurants' concept is to re-create the authentic cooking found in a Mexican hacienda, which it accomplishes by using fresh ingredients and making dishes to order. A perfect example is Pancho's made from scratch tableside guacamole, which is prepared according to diners' specifications.

The restaurant features breakfast, lunch and dinners menu items, and specialties include sizzling fajitas, hand-made tamales, enchiladas and tacos, as well as traditional Mexican combination platters. Customers can dine-in, carry out or call for delivery.

De La Torre said that business is increasing daily at the Topeka Pancho's. The business crowd is discovering the restaurant's fast and affordable lunch specials, while groups of friends will often drop in for an afternoon or late-night snack. No matter what their favorite Mexican dishes are, he recommended that Topekans give Pancho's a try.