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.