Having recently made the shift to pescetarianism, I'm always interested to try out vegetarian restaurants. Bandidas had been on my list for awhile and my first experience exceeded my expectations.
Let me get the criticisms out of the way first. There isn't a convenient place to stand while you wait for a table, so you're always semi-hovering over someone's table. The stools are right in front of "The List" where the host puts your name down, so you're constantly in the way. And the decor needs some work. It seems like something's missing that would pull the room together. Maybe if the walls were painted something other than white? They're obviously going for an eclectic, homey feeling, but it felt cluttered to me. However, these are minor quibbles, and they do takeout so the ambiance isn't a dealbreaker for me.
Onto the food. I was thrilled to learn you can mix and match tacos because I wanted to try several. I settled on the Ronny Russell (roasted yams) and the Leona May (chipotle tofu). Both were stellar, if a little messy to eat because they are generous with the fillings. Be sure to get the "beautiful side salad" (the house salad). My boyfriend and I agree the pepitas and guac make it something special. I sampled his Dave's chipotle tofu burritos with mole sauce, which finds the right balance of sweet and spicy.
Our server was friendly and helpful. She even commiserated with my distaste for cilantro and made sure they left it off my salad. It's nice to find a Mexican restaurant (even if it's not authentic Mexican) that gets that some of us have the cilantro=soap gene.
I like what you're doing here, Bandidas. Keep it up.