Wow… what another incredible discovery Hayden came across during her research into vegan restaurants. Pancho’s Vegan Tacos in Las Vegas has a good variety of vegan food options for even the pickiest of eaters. You know you can’t go wrong with a place that has a special called “Taco Tuesdays.”
We actually had a hard time finding the place because it was tucked back into a shopping mall area, but if you’re near the gas station and Dunkin’ Donuts, you’re close. The outside signage wasn’t very easy to pick up and even when we turned the corner we almost missed it. It doesn’t help that there is another Mexican restaurant right next door that is also marketing their vegan options.
When we first walked in, the thing we noticed right away is there’s a severe lack of decor. The walls are painted a muted, yet bright orange, and there is a TV in the corner over the counter, but that is about it. But the staff is incredibly friendly and went out of their way to explain that everything there was vegan and the different options we had available to us. It was hard to choose what to order!
What we ordered
Soft tacos- Corn tortilla, choice of vegan meat, onion, cilantro, choice of salsa. We went with the Asada, Al Pastor, Chorizo, Nopales (Cactus) and all of these were great tacos but Aaron regrets not ordering these without cilantro which limited his enjoyment of them. The Nopales had a consistency that was along the lines of green peppers which was interesting but still great.
Mole enchiladas- Choice of vegan meat, mole sauce, sour cream, cheese. Served with rice and beans. Aaron was not a fan of the enchiladas as he said the mole sauce had that “fake chocolate” taste to it. Hayden, however, really enjoyed these and tends to search out a good mole enchilada whenever she can. The beans and rice are a very nice set of sides to go with this dish.
Cuban Torta- Mexican bread, sliced turkey, sliced ham, bacon, hot dog, tofu, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese, and jalapenos. Essentially this is the sandwich an 8 year old boy would make given the opportunity. That being said, this was one of Aaron’s favorite items from the day and he sat there eating it with a boyish grin on his face. From Hayden’s perspective, this sandwich looked gross.
Classic Tostada- Corn tostada, sour cream, beans, onion, cilantro, tomato, cheese, lettuce, salsa, choice of vegan meat (Asada). While the overall size of the tostada was relatively small, the toppings were jam packed on top of it making it rather large. Plus it came in a set of two so there really was quite a bit there to eat. Everything about the flavors on it fit really well together.
This was probably one of the cheapest places we ate the entire time we were in Vegas and likely due to the Taco Tuesday special. Aaron would love to get his hands on another one of those Cuban Tortas and will be keeping an eye out for them in the future.