4 Quick Notes:

Panchero’s – The Shoppes at Stadium welcomed new arrival, Panchero’s Mexican Grill last week. Not familiar? Here it is, SAT-style:

Panchero’s :  Chipotle :: Mad Cow : Five Guys

Basically, it’s a blatant knock-off, and based on one (admittedly very early visit), it may not be a very good one. I’ll be interested to hear what others think.

Update: I have been corrected by one sharp-eyed reader. Not that they aren’t  very consciously aping their setup and decor at this point, but apparently Panchero’s predates Chipotle by a year.

The Grand Cafe – Jefferson City has seen several promising places open up since I ceased my daily, southern commute. If The Grand Cafe’s Cubano sandwich is any indication, I’m not missing out. Doughy, undercooked bun sporting a few stray chunks of timid, tough pork. Terrible.

Thip Thai – You gotta be careful with your ordering here, cuz at least a third of what I’ve ordered has been weak. But the items that are on point are really on-freaking-point. A special soup last week – kang pa – was wonderfully flavorful, even if it was spicier than anything I encountered in Thailand. Yowzers. Beef salad, tom yum soup, green curry and “Double Noodles” are all really good. Just remember, a pepper beside a menu item means phet phet, farang*!

* – “Thai spicy for realz, whitey”

Pizza Tree – These guys are making legit pizza, folks. Stop by Mojo’s for lunch and they’ll sell you a slice and a soda for $5. It’s a pretty good-sized slice, btw.

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Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

4 thoughts

  1. 1. Panchero’s as a chain actually pre-dates Chipotle by a year (1992 versus 1993), so I would not call it a ‘blatant knock-off’.

    2. This is the second coming of Pancheros to Columbia. Previously there had been one at the corner of 9th and Broadway where Teller’s is now.

    3. In the past Panchero’s would roll up the burrito and then plop it on the grill for a bit to brown the tortilla. That was good.

  2. Pizza Tree is phenomenal, and they actually have two different styles of pizza. Only one is available by the slice. The other… All I can say is go today, in case they still have their “rad dish” pizza, a seasonal special with radishes, goatsbeard cheese, and garlic scapes….

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