There are some venues that are eternally etched in the fabric of the Gold Coast’s food scene. One such eatery is Panchos in Mudgeeraba. Originally opening in 1982, it’s been the backdrop for birthdays, celebrations and cerveza-filled get-togethers. Panchos has had a few incarnations over the years, with each new ownership team leaving its mark on the iconic roadside taqueria. Now, the colourful cantina is turning the page on an exciting new chapter with locals Lachlan Cuskelly and Madeleine Norton at the helm. The menu puts a modern spin on some of the much-loved Mexican classics including nachos piled high with frijoles, queso fresco, guac, salsa verde and chimichurri, soft tacos, burritos and, of course, the melt-in-your-mouth ribs. Accompanying the new menu is a succinct-yet-satisfying selection of sips including the classic Pup’s Margy (tequila, agave, citrus) and the No Faith in Paloma (mezcal, Aperol, grapefruit, rosemary and agave) as well as a scattering of modern wines, sangria and craft beers. Oh, and before you ask, yes, they have EFTPOS!


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