Food & Drink

Bandolero

Ideas can come from the most unexpected places, like Sir Isaac Newton coming up with the concept of gravity thanks to a falling apple, or light bulbs, but only if you're Thomas Edison, or a cartoon. For a resto getting their ideas from lil ol' food trucks: Bandolero.

Taking over the old Pour House space and helmed by one of its owners, B-ro's a 96-seat mex-aurant where subtle south-of-the-border ironwork, and a massive list of tequilas set the stage for a menu of pan-Mexican comida, conceived in part after they set out to get inspiration and "hit a bunch of food trucks", which really isn't cool, as those things are totally defenseless. Smaller options range from tacos (marinated cabbage/mango salsa Mahi Mahis), to soups (chicken/hominy Pozole w/ warm flour tortillas), to char-grilled chili-lime corn and four-queso Mac and Manchego, also a movie greenlighted after test audiences responded better to a hunk of firm cheese than that kid in the wheelchair. Further devouring can be accomplished via mains including pulled chicken/cotija cheese/corn tortilla Pollo en Mole Enchiladas w/ house-made chocolate-based sauce; a pullled pork/Oaxaca cheese/pickled onion/roasted poblano Torta Puerco; and a Prawn Quesadilla w/ cheddar & jack plus tequila-/lime-marinated tiger prawns, which hopefully aren't from the Miami Zoo, because then they will escape and attempt to eat all the man-prawns.

Behind the bar it's house 'tails like the tequila/mezcal/lillet/lime/agave nectar Tia Rita and a marg made w/ orange liqueur, fresh strawberries & basil, plus a 30-strong tequila list (growing to 60 soon) that includes the occult-style-bottled Chamucos Anejo and Amigo Reposado -- an offering that'll unfortunately inspire you you to say andale andale, arriba arriba!