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That Day Juancho Surprised Me

What’s New With Meg?

Having reached my goal of 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die, I’m now on a South Carolina food journey to chow down at the best restaurant in each of the 46 S.C. counties, while seeking the Top 100 Food Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive, Or, Before Dead, Whichever Comes First.

The Place– Tasty Tuesday stopping at Juancho’s Bar & Grill serving California and Mexican style foods.

Why This Stop?

It was Cinco de Mayo, you know, the St. Patrick’s Day of Mexico, and this day is for sure a day for me, to celebrate the wonderful foods brought into my world by Mexican Americans. It was reported in an article by The New York Times, that in 2013 Americans bought more than $600 million worth of beer for Cinco de Mayo, more than for the Super Bowl or St. Patrick’s Day.  Huh? [1]

Juancho’s Bar and Grill in Spartanburg South Carolina is a new addition to the local restaurant scene. Recently, I had an out-of-town guest who had visited Juanchos a few weeks back and loved the chimichangas. Let me tell you, chimichangas are a menu item that is sometimes difficult to find, much less please the picky eater. I thought it was worth a visit.

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Juancho’s Bar & Grill Spartanburg S.C.

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Juancho’s Bar & Grill on Cinco de Mayo Spartanburg South Carolina

 I expected the ho-hum and instead, I was surprised by an unusual dish called The Seafood Volcano.

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The Seafood Volcano at Juancho’s in Spartanburg S.C.

My photo does not do justice to this 8-inch high bowl of wonder. This dish covers the ocean with shrimp, scallops, and fresh fish, all served over rice and beans. Topped off with Juanchos own nacho cheese and pico de gallo in a tall molcajete bowl. Supposedly served with flour tortillas.

The menu also had described that this dish was to be served with fried taquitos. I didn’t ask.  I did, however, ask the server if the fish was hand breaded in house and she thought so.

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Juancho’s Seafood Volcano description. Spartanburg SC

 

MEGastars: 4 **** for a unique and over-the-top tasty dish. Even though this dish arrived without taquitos and the flour tortillas as described, it was over the top and delicious.  The servers have a few kinks to work out but just keep asking, I found everyone to be willing to help. The atmosphere is typical, I would like to see them clean up a few spots but overall, I liked it a lot and never have I seen such a concoction.

MEGathoughts – The actual national holiday and day of Mexico’s Independence actually takes place on September 16th. The one day back in 1810 that Father Miguel Hidalgo, a priest, pleaded to the Mexican people to revolt against Spain. And the War of Independence ended in 1821.

“Cinco de Mayo, which isn’t widely celebrated in Mexico, commemorates an underdog victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  The victory was galvanizing for the Mexican forces — and for those supporting them from afar — but it was short-lived, as France later occupied Mexico for a few years. Still, Cinco de Mayo continued to be celebrated in Puebla and, perhaps more significantly, by Mexican-Americans north of the border….” [1]
Gracias a la gente de México que trajeron su fabulosa comida a los Estados Unidos. Te amo. Celebro Cinco de Mayo contigo! Gracias Juanchos para la Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

Salud,

Margarita

MEGatips:

  1. I was unable to find a website for Juancho’s Bar and Grill They do have a Facebook page.
  2. . The phone number listed is (864) 699-9339
  3. Juancho’s is off the beaten path and located at 404 McCravy Dr. Spartanburg, SC
  4. Hours 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. -10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and closed on Sunday’s.
  5. Since Juanchos is fairly new, there are not many reviews. The few that I read were favorable.
  6. This order was the small serving size and was enough food for two if not more. Certainly, the large would be ample to share.
  7. *Disclaimer, on a low fat, low sodium diet? Eat at your own risk. Que Rico!

[1] What is Cinco de Mayo? By Claudio E. Cabrera and Louis Lucero II May 5, 2018, The New York Times

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ABOUT:  This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post and may be helpful if you are new to my food escapades.  Having made it to 100 Dishes on Alabama’s 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die, I began a new quest in South Carolina.

*100 Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive or Before You Die, Whichever Comes First.” is my compilation of food to chow down on “Carolina style.” It is my S.C. Food Bucket List and you may follow as I chow down like Ms. Pacman in another gorgeous state that I call home.  [1] I am loosely following Snacks of Jax 2016 46 County Best Restaurant List as a guide. From the Mom and Pop diner to the James Beard Chef, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food.  From my bucket list, I select stops based on convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  [1] http://www.snacksofjax.com

I use a 5 MEGastar rating system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and generally, the experience gets one shot at how I view the food.   I factor this in using my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes and people behind them. I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the foodservice industry.

  • *Meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? Or, the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in South Carolina.   This has happened to me a few times and is always a difficult write.
  • ** Passable – the food was “ok” but the place was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** Good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty food with an above average experience.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.

[1] Snacks of Jax Snacksofjax.com 2016 46 Best County Restaurant List

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