Pancho's Cheese Dip
Pancho's Cheese Dip
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Pancho's Cheese Dip

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 A little bit of personal history: 

    In the and 80s, one of us (ahem, the elder one) spent an evening or two at Port of Broadway, the nightclub found in the back half of the Pancho's building in West Memphis.  Isaac Hayes, Southern Fried, The Steeler Band, and any band that was lucky enough to include David Bogard, were regulars there.  The music was wonderful, the atmosphere was party, speakeasy, intoxicating, and hey, when you danced your way into a hunger pangs, Pancho's Cheese Dip and everything else Pancho's were about 10 yards away in the front portion of the building.   

    Pancho's on Union Ave. was a high school hangout for us (the free bowl of cheese dip they set on your table when you walked in was everything to high-schoolers!), and when the last remaining Pancho's, the one on Summer Avenue in Memphis, closed in the fall of 2021, the whole city mourned.

     Pancho's Cheese Dip will always be a favorite regionally, and we're excited to carry this crowd-pleaser at Grind City Grocer!

History

And Pancho’s was born… 

When Louis Jack Berger graduated from high school, his father, Morris, surprised him with a trip to Mexico. Not only did they enjoy the trip, they discovered flavors, colors and taste sensations that inspired them to open the very first Pancho’s in 1956 in West Memphis, Arkansas. The restaurant had packed dirt floors and a live tree salvaged during construction was the centerpiece.  About 9 months after opening, the restaurant was destroyed by an 18-wheeler, but you couldn’t keep this family down long. They had a night club at the current West Memphis Pancho’s location called the Plantation Inn. They tore down the nightclub and built the new Pancho’s.  The family continues the tradition today with their “addictive” dip, now available in over 1,200 stores. The recipes are all the same as the original.