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“Go.....just go.......”

Pancho Villa Taqueria
Ranked #4 of 410 Restaurants in San Mateo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Level 4 Contributor
3 reviews
“Go.....just go.......”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Assembly-line process but always a line...and, according to my dining companion who grew up in West Texas...arguably the best cheap, fast Mexican food around.

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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Loud but delicious”
Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

The food is authentic and very good. They make it right there in front of you so when chopping the meats it gets very loud!

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Burlingame, California
Level 6 Contributor
74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Best Mexican Food”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Easy, inexpensive, fresh, delicious. Pancho Villa is our favorite burrito and our favorite mexican place. A quick meal before the movies or anytime.

Visited February 2013
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San Francisco
Level 6 Contributor
55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fresh, healthy and delicious Mexican food”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Pancho Villa is a successful Mexican restaurant that makes an effort to provide fresh and healthy choices in its menu. According to their site they never use lard, MSG or preservatives, only fresh ingredients. When you walk in you can see how the food is prepared in front of you. Most meats are grilled and there is a choice of wheat and spinach tortilla for your burritos and quesadillas in addition to the flour ones. The place is very clean and well lit. Sometimes it can get really crowded and tables can be too close for my taste. I usually order take out from here and the food is always great. If you are vegetarian, there are plenty of choices and you will not be disappointed. The salsa bar is one of the best that I have seen in any Mexican restaurant. It is frequently monitored, restocked and cleaned by the staff.

My favorites are the super grilled vegetable quesadillas which comes with a small serving of guacamole and sour cream, and the chicken or carnitas (pork) tacos. In addition, you have a choice of beans (black, refried, pinto) and salsas (mild or hot). Sometimes they have specials during certain times (for example, tacos for $1 in the afternoon weekdays)

  • Visited January 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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91 reviews
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“Better than Chipotle, AWESOME!”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

I was expecting a little bean burrito like at typical Mexican restaurants but I got a nice, skinny, long, delicious burrito. Not big and fat like Chipotle. Get the refried beans with the burrito. I got a carne asada burrito with black beans while my sister got the chicken burrito with refried beans, guacamole, and sour cream. Mine was good, the carne asada was awesome, but hers was awesome. With the beans and guac, I was stuffed after about a third of each! I highly recommend this place! You will not be disappointed. About $7-8 for each burrito but it was well worth it! Plus chips and a free salsa bar! YUM!

  • Visited January 2013
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