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Poncho's Mexican Food and Cantina

Map & Directions 7202 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85042
  • Mexican
  • Sun-Thu 10:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10:30am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Catering, Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Accepted, Accepted
  • Free, Lot Available


Phoenix New Times' Description

This South Phoenix favorite is a little slice of Valley history. In the mid-’70s the place was raised from a takeout business into a full-fledged restaurant when the Vasquez family converted their house into a dining room. It’s been popular ever since, and that’s really saying something in a town that has more Mexican food than it knows what to do with. True to its beginnings, Poncho’s menu features homestyle recipes served up in generous portions, and with the wallet-friendly prices you can choose your own affordable family feast. Try the El Crudo burro stuffed with juicy machaca and tomatillo sauce, Tamale Especial made with green corn and slathered in salsa verde and jalapeno cream cheese, or gooey, golden fried chile relleno, and you’ll immediately understand how Poncho’s Mexican Food and Cantina earned its stellar reputation. The restaurant is open past 10 p.m. every night, so it’s a great destination to belly up at the bar for a late-night taco and beer fix.

Member Reviews

  • Kelsee
    on 05/10/10

    Sour cream enchiladas are OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!!! How can you go wrong with a mexican food buffet?

  • on 07/24/09

    Wait a minute, the logo says Panchos but the restraunts name is Ponchos and its located south of baseline on central ave, I've been going here since I was a baby and I love it! It was once a house but made into a Mexican food restaurant so its a little small but is comfortable and the food is great! The chips and salsa are so good. When bill clinton was president he went and ate... More >>

  • on 05/06/09

    If you walk into Poncho's and think the place feels homegrown, well, you're on to something. Turns out this South Phoenix favorite was raised from a takeout business to a full-fledged restaurant back in the mid-'70s, when the Vasquez family converted their house into a dining room to accommodate a growing crowd of regulars. True to its history, Poncho's menu's full of homestyle... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Heather B. on 06/30/10

    Pollo Fundido is bomb! Chips are made with crack! Delisssh!

  • Alex A. on 12/09/10

    Ask for the president table

  • Neil on 06/07/10

    Established 1972. President Clinton dined here. South Phoenix's best-kept secret.

  • Alex M. on 04/19/13

    The food and service was great

  • Gilbert D. on 04/02/13

    pollo fudido is excellent! ;-)

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