Review of Pancho's

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On what date did you visit restaurant? February 3, 2007.

Which meal did you eat? Dinner.

How many people were with you when you reviewed this restaurant?

There were three other people at the restaurant with me.

What did you order? How was your food?

I had steak nachos and a Corona. The food is, at best, tolerable.

Describe your impressions of the service. Was anything exceptionally good (or bad) about the quality of service you received?

The hostess was extremely diligent and timely. She was happy to accommodate our desire to watch the Georgia game and sat us near the TV which had it on. The one detraction was the table happened to also be positioned directly next to one of my ex-girlfriends' table. Although this does not reflect on the hostess’ ability to do her actual job I still blame her for the ensuing awkwardness and not on how the girl and I actually split.

The wait staff is serviceable but if I were running a restaurant I would certainly demand more from my employees. Spilling a beverage is acceptable as it is a mistake of rushing through the table a little too quick, however consistent spillage should only occur if one is intoxicated. For instance one of the people I was dining with continuously spilled the pitcher of margaritas while trying to top off the glasses. In that instance it is acceptable since he was drunk. I do not want a drunk waitress and if she was sober I would rather not have one without the patience to accurately pour my beverage.

What do you think of the d├ęcor and atmosphere?

The restaurant is a vanilla Mexican restaurant. There are the signature wall items which make little sense, such as carousel ponies, reminiscent of a TGI Fridays, tacky.

The saving grace at Pancho’s is the atmosphere. On the weekends there is a mariachi band playing live music throughout the evening adding to the din of boisterous conversations being had throughout the dining room. The festive atmosphere keeps the patrons attention focused on atmosphere and away from the subpar food and service. The guitaristas are also a good way of avoiding uncomfortable conversations with girls you have nothing to say to anymore. Review the sample conversation below:

Girl: “Hey, how are you? It is really good to see you.”
Mariachi Band: “Ay, yay, yay, yay….Ay yay (something indistinguishable in Spanish)
Boy: “What? I cannot hear you, everything is good though it is great to see you, let's catch up sometime.”
Girl: “ So what are you doing these days? We have not talked in so long.”
Boy: “I really cannot hear you but it is great to see you. Let's get together sometime.” (Quick turn around to avoid any continuation, pick up beer, mumble along with band)
Boy: “ Ay yay yay yay…Ay yay…”

Do you consider this a good value for the money you spent? If no, why not?

As long as you know what you are getting I feel most restaurants can live up to the “value for your dollar” motto. This includes such fabulous eateries as McDonalds and any Chinese restaurant on Buford Highway. As long as you are geared to having a good time, enjoying Mexican restaurants for the atmosphere and margaritas and not for the actual food and service, Pancho’s will serve the purpose.

This restaurant is best for (Choose all that apply)

• Good food • Quick bite • Family-friendly

• Outdoor • Romantic • Special occasion

It should be noted that dinner-time cocktails and shared dinner plates are what this restaurant is best suited for.

Summarize your experience in this restaurant.

As said in the above writings, go to Pancho’s to enjoy a fun evening “South of the Border”-style. Do not go if this is the last meal of your life, nor if you are just really hungry and want a satisfying meal. Do go if you and some of your friends want to have some pre-game cocktails, which one hopes will lead to some bad decision making later on in the night. Do not go if you do not want to end up sitting next to your ex-girlfriend and her friends who you know do not like you anymore (that one is more for me though).

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