After attending a Louisiana Tech Council Christmas party last night, I convinced some friends to walk down the street to Bandito's. Since I'm a mexican food fanatic and a margarita connoisseur , I've had this place on my list since it opened. I was nervous about convincing people to go to a new place, since they had all wanted to walk across the street to Lucy's; my reputation was on the line.
I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Although we were there late and the crowd was almost non-existent, we still felt welcome. We all sat at the bar and were waited on by a great bartender, Val, who consequently, was our bartender at the Brewhouse Grill for the last "internet food people" happy hour. I tried a couple of different salsas, guacomole, shrimp quesadillas and beef fajitas (not all by myself). All were excellent, but I was blown away at the quality of the margaritas. I tried about four different varieties and was pleased with each one, but Val gave me a taste of a couple of the frozen margaritas and I found them to be disgustingly sweet. Not my bag, but good for those who like the super sweet frozen drinks.
As for the food, the prices were VERY reasonable and the portions were smaller than I expected. But that is a good thing. No one needs obscene amounts of mexican food; it'll give you the opportunity to have some appetizers. Anyway, I'll do a full review when I've been there a couple more times, but I was just shocked that the margaritas were really good. I'll be back there very soon.
"Notes from a New Orleans Foodie"