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Pancho Villa's, Home of the "Super" Burrito

by Sheila Franklin
calicutta@hotmail.com

Pancho Villa’s, 4127 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights, claims the distinction of being voted “Macomb County’s Best Mexican restaurant”. In its advertising it also mentions “Home of the Flaming Fajitas”, “Mariachi band every Friday night“, and “Eat all our super burrito and it’s free”. Wow. That’s a lot to go on. So we head down there to see what the fuss is about.

Where’s that Mariachi band? It appears that they play every other Friday and we have missed them. We start out with an appetizer of Mexican fondue for $6.95, sans the chorizo, which comes with chips and burritos, but it’s a bit lumpy. Perhaps they just didn’t nuke it long enough. We ask them to cook it a bit more and they do so, but it is still not quite right. Sorry, Goldilocks. We concede and glop it on with spoons. It’s quite tasty though, with muenster cheese, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and jalapenos.

When dining in Mexican restaurants, I always like to try their specialty, so it’s time to attempt that super burrito. We are given the option of ground beef, shredded beef, or chicken; we choose the ground beef and await the results. Obviously the deal here is that you order this Mexican dish for $14.95 and if you can eat it all in one sitting, you don’t pay. So while those around you wonder why you are pigging out, you can smile innocently back at them so that they will know that greed and carbs are everything.

There are three of us dining tonight. One of my companions tells us he has attempted this feat, and while he can certainly put down a lot of food, after he had finished he still had two take-out boxfuls left. So we ask if the three of us can share the burrito. There is no problem, aside from the fact that there will be an extra charge and we don’t qualify for the freebie. So it goes.

This burrito is certainly enormous. I would hazard a guess it is somewhere between 2 and 3 pounds. Covered in melted cheese and adorned with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, I let my male buddies go for it so I can see exactly why it is so huge. There is lots of beef in there, but there are also beans and an amazing amount of rice as filler. This is a heart attack just waiting to happen.

I try to just go for a bit more of the beef and lettuce. I always order the hottest salsa in Mexican restaurants; this is homemade but only moderately spicy. The plate empties, but I am thinking I should have opted for the fajitas. At least then I would know ahead of time just how much rice I had coming.

Pancho Villa’s also has carry out and catering (586.939.2531), are open 7 days a week, and always seem to have coupons readily available in local publications or on their website (www.panchovillas.net). I admire restaurants that give few restrictions on their coupons and they allow you to use them even on weekends. There is also a children’s menu (each selection comes with a drink) and accept all major credit cards. So if you are in the mood to pig out and damn the cholesterol, Pancho Villa’s is the Metro Detroit Mexican restaurant for you.

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