Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant
Address: 827 Denman St (near Robson), Vancouver, BC
Do you loooove mexican food? Me, too. I may be slightly biased as Poncho’s is around the block from our place — but I think it’s great. I’ve read other reviews saying that Poncho’s has sucky service — perhaps these critics are just jerks who think the world revolves around them (one review read “I had to wait 15 mins for a table when they said it would only be 5mins”. Boo hoo – it’s not the end of the world. If you don’t want to wait – you should make a reservation). I’ve always had uber polite — albeit sometimes slow — service. It has a very authentic feel to it – which can include a lack of formality and no rushing. It’s a great place to go for a relaxed quite meal — not for a — hurry up! I gotta be somewhere else in 25 minutes! You may have 4 different waitresses, which is fine. They’ll just ask you if you want dessert three times…well, maybe you should get some fucking dessert, then.
Anyway – the margaritias are kick ass! Get them — or else try a speciality coffee – they will set fire to it right at your table (relax, that’s supposed to happen). Besides that – everything there is yummy (maybe a tad bland for some) and the portions are big. Appetizers, soups, and salads are $6 – 10. The paella for two ($26) is seafoody and awesome. To get a good overall idea try the dinner for two ($37) it is a huge meal with quesadilla, jumbo prawns, ultra cheesy chile relleno, rice, beans and their awesomely tasty marinated beef tenderloin. Yum! It’s for sure enough for two. It can be tough to finish… especially when you are reminded that there is still Bunuelito for dessert.
If you’re not really into sharing you can choose from an extensive and affordable menu ($10-30) and find something delicious! They’ve got traditional mexican items, loads of chicken, beef, and seafood dishes. I’d recommend the beef tenderloin which they do two ways: Carne a la mexicana (mustard and wine) or carne a la tampiquena (green tomatillo) both are served with an enchilada and traditional sides for $14. Don’t worry, you’ll get full.
They don’t have many veggie options, and vegans should stay away but except for that and the lack of deep fried ice cream I totally like the vibe and tasty goodness of Poncho’s. Mmmmmm, tasty.
Plus, they have live music every night!
Reservations: Should be made if waiting 10 minutes will ruin your life.
Open: 5-11pm nightly (they may close early if it’s slow)
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