In early March, I was in West Memphis for the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism and had the opportunity to eat at Pancho’s, a place I had heard great things about.
An eatery that starts out in 1956 with packed dirt floors and still operates today, albeit with tile flooring, is a must-try, wouldn’t you say? From its humble beginning, Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in West Memphis continues to serve up excellent food from its immense menu. While there is plenty on the menu to rave about – from the basics like tacos and enchiladas to dinner plates such as Shrimp Veracruz and Chicken Guadalajara to desserts of Peachy Con Queso and flan – its signature dish is its cheese dip. Or cheese dips, rather. They have a yellow and white version.
To many people’s delight, you can also find Pancho’s cheese dip, salsa, and salad dressing in supermarkets in Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. This iconic restaurant was born from a surprise high school graduation trip to Mexico offered by a father, Morris Berger, to son, Louis Jack Berger. The flavors, colors, and taste sensations the two experienced in Mexico inspired them to open Pancho’s. Today it is run by Louis’ sister, Brenda Berger O’Brien. (3600 E. Broadway St.; 870-735-6466; http://www.panchosdips.com/)