With Billy Blanco’s Motor City Mexican Burger and Taco Garage, Park City restaurateur Bill White (Grappa, Chimayo, Wahso, Windy Ridge, Ghidotti’s and Sushi Blue) turned his focus away from “fine” dining to what he calls “Motor City Mexican.” Only a gearhead like White would purchase a brand-new Shelby GT, Ducati racing bikes, tricked-out Harley-Davidsons and vintage cars like a mint Dodge Charger for “decor.” The bar “stools” are fashioned from sports-car seats, and the entire base and coolers of the centerpiece bar at Billy Blanco’s are constructed from heavy-duty, high-end, chrome-plated toolboxes, the type you see at NASCAR races. He even bought an old mill in Kamas just so he could “harvest” the chain pulleys, tractor gears and other heavy metals, which he incorporates into the design of Billy Blanco’s, a blend of Motor City (Bill’s from Detroit) and Mexican.
The Billy Blanco’s menu is composed primarily of Mexican-inspired fare such as burritos, tacos, fajitas, carnitas and such, along with South of the Border-flavored soups and salads, and an array of sandwiches, ribs, wings and burgers. The dry-rubbed ribs are terrific: hardwood-smoked and served with South Carolina-style BBQ sauce or smoky-sweet sauce.
A crowd-pleaser at Billy Blanco’s is the gargantuan Benji Burger. It stands about half a foot high: one-third pound of Angus beef chuck, bacon, shaved BBQ short rib, a choice of cheddar or blue cheese, lettuce, mayo, tomato and onion on a high-quality grilled bun from Windy Ridge Bakery. You may need to eat it with a knife and fork … or a chainsaw. Chances are Bill White has one nearby. ?
8208 Gorgoza Pines Road