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Ponchos and Leftys

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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Baxter, MN
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Brainerd, Minnesota
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Poncho's is known more for their drinks than their actual food. Their version of Mexican foods seems more like Mexican take out. Not the best. The servers are good and the décor is fitting. My advice would be to get their blood Mary's and leave the Mexican food for another place.

Thank shannon8504
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

One of my favorite restaurants in Brainerd/Baxter. Great fajitas, excellent mashed potatoes and good platters. The margaritas are delicious too! Highly recommend!

Thank mf122014
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

The food and service here was great. Would definitely go back. I am not a big fan of Mexican food but do know the difference between great food and poor quality food.

Thank MinnesotaSkeeter
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

We asked to switch tables in the beginning of our visit because the light over our table was flickering horribly. I understand a lot of servers might find us asking to switch tables irritating (I am a server at another restaurant), but our waitress (named Courtney) immediately developed a bad attitude. After getting our drinks, we ordered. The appetizers and... More 

Thank D_S_5531926816
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

This is not Mexican food. I lived in Texas for 19 years, this is crap. First off the chips have to be from the bag and the salsa sucks. I ordered a combo plate and they asked me if I want rice and beans or MASHED POTATOES. This should never be a question at a Mexican place. I get my... More 

Thank Jake B
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Mỹ wife and I stopped for a late lunch today after some shopping in Brainerd. We each ordered a taco salad from the lunch menu. My wife noticed that no guacamole was included in the lunch version, so ordered a side order at Extra cost. The 8.99 price seemed within reason for a good taco salad. When our orders arrived,... More 

Thank Barry B
Woodbury, Minnesota
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59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Good good with decent portion sizes. Loved the warm chips with salsa. Excellent service. Immediate seating. Very friendly staff.

Thank Betsy H
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235 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Nothing fancy, good Tex-Mex food. Free chips, ask for their hot salsa, you only get it upon request. Try one of their Sangrias also!! Portion sizes are generous and hot! Gracias!!!

Thank KKLMinnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

It might not be fair for me to review a Mexican restaurant in Minnesota since I'm from Texas, but it just wasn't good. My ground beef taco and shredded beef taco just looked gross, but I tried them anyways and I could only eat the ground beef taco. The tamale wasn't bad. Although the food was not what I'm used... More 

Thank Untamable A
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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419 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Have been here countless times with never a let down, so its a great pick for a business lunch. Service is fast and friendly, chips are fresh and warm with an incredible salsa. Lunch menu has multiple choices that you can't go wrong with..I am always the same..beef and bean burrito...with an ice cold beer is best..


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Baxter, MN
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Baxter

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?