Mr. Taco Traveler is taking the keyboard this week to share his thoughts on Panchos Bakyard which he visited on a recent trip to Florida.
Today’s adventure takes us to Pancho’s Backyard in Dania Beach, Florida. I know that when one hears Pancho’s associated with a Mexican restaurant the immediate thought is of little red flags that you raise repeatedly to get additional helpings of “food” until you’re stuffed, but this no mass produced TexMex food from a fryer, it’s delicious made to order Mexican specials!
Pancho’s Backyard is one part sport’s bar, one part patio cantina, and two parts restaurant with a dash of elegance thrown in. You can watch your favorite football teams (that’s what the rest of the world calls soccer) on 5 large monitors around the restaurant, or you can enjoy the best of South Florida’s sun on the covered patio. The tables and walls are decorated with bits of colored tile that brings a vibrancy to the atmosphere inside the restaurant. Food choices range from traditional TexMex fare like fajitas to more traditional Mexican dishes like milanesa and bisteak a la Mexicana.
Your meal at Pancho’s Backyard starts with the traditional chips that come with a delicious but not too spicy salsa that incorporates bright tomato and cilantro flavors. I had the opportunity to try two different entrees at Pancho’s Backyard: chili rellenos and bisteak a la Mexicana. Both were very delicious interpretations of these dishes with rich and silky goat cheese in the rellenos and a spicy tomato based sauce with peppers and onions on the flank steak. Pancho’s Backyard does a great job of incorporating traditional Mexican flavors like cumin and cilantro with its well prepared and fresh entrees.
Pancho’s Backyard is supported by a full bar but a limited beer menu. Enjoy fresh margarita’s or other cocktail of your choice along with your meal. Corona and Negra Modello are the two Mexican beer choices. The wait staff are friendly and attentive without constantly hovering over your table.
Both of my meals at Pancho’s Backyard were delicious as well as a good value. The atmosphere is enjoyable and the food delicious. If you’re in South Florida, stop by it’s a worthy stop. The taco traveler gives Pancho’s Backyard three tacos out of five.