Meeting our youngest for a Friday lunch, she suggested a taqueria near her husband’s school that they had found from a list of the best tacos in town. Of course, I agreed. So off to Taqueria San Pancho, I headed. It’s in a small strip mall, near the corner of Jimmy Carter/Mountain Industrial Boulevard and Lawrenceville Highway just south of the intersection on 29. Walking in, the menu is on the back wall (pictured above), with the items listed in Spanish, and an English description beneath. That, plus the twenty hand-written signs, all in Spanish, told me that we were in my kind of place. I laughed for a couple of days that there was a sign on the door on my second visit, in Spanish, looking for help, specifying that they were looking for bilingual employees. I’m fairly certain that the “second” language they were looking for was English…
The menu is fundamentally simple – burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos and tortas. But the meat selection was huge – pork, chicken, beef, beef tongue, beef brain and more – both grilled and smoked. On the first visit, I ordered a torta (sandwich) – which resembled a burrito, with pastor (barbecued pork), on bread.
I felt that this sandwich was definitely a winner, sloppy and full of flavor. What you can’t see from the picture is that, in addition to the pork, it has lettuce, salsa, guacamole, beans and tomatoes. It’s also about nine inches across. This was a mighty fine sandwich. My daughter said that they’ve tried the tacos and burritos, too, but they always come back to the nachos. That’s what she ordered on this visit.She allowed me a taste, and they were good. So, when I went back with a co-worker, I ordered nachos for myself, in the “Super” version. The thing about these nachos is that the chips are perfect, and they are then covered with cheese, guacamole, beans, tomatoes and pico de gallo. And, in this instance, grilled steak. I know why they go for the nachos, always, as I likely will as well. In looking on line, it appears that there is also a location in Roswell, on Alpharetta Street, as the photos on Yelp of that place (with the same name) have the same menu. These were, honestly, some of the best nachos that I’ve ever had.
And there is a salsa bar, containing eight or nine sauces, plus radishes, limes and peppers, that you can top your meal with. Among these was a creamy avocado sauce and a really hot verde (green) sauce, in addition to a couple of less spicy salsas.