Trip Down to Bandidas Taqueria with Katy Ho

Healthy and sustainable meets delicious and affordable at Bandidas Taqueria. With its made-from-scratch, organic, and locally-sourced food, Bandidas is the prime spot for your random taco cravings. 

This charming East Vancouver restaurant thrives in the community, supporting important causes and featuring the work of local artists on its walls. Recently, Bandidas held a fundraiser on January 20th in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump, donating 100% of the profits to organizations that will face difficulty in fighting for social justice under the new United States government. In 2014, Bandidas organized Bandidas for B.C. Teachers, where they donated 100% of their profits to supporting B.C. teachers who were on strike. In supporting social causes while maintaining a strong dedication to sustainability and health, Bandidas is a place that feeds humanity, earth, and empty stomachs.

On a sunny afternoon, we dropped by Bandidas to try out their delicious Mexican cuisine. Their menu has it all, featuring various vegan and gluten-free options and substitutions:

  • PROTEIN is their super fresh and organic tofu
  • DAIRY is replaced by vegan Daiya cheese and soy “sour cream”
  • EGGS become a butternut squash and tofu scramble
Grapefruit juice (4), hibiscus lemonade (3), hibiscus iced tea (3).

Grapefruit juice (4), hibiscus lemonade (3), hibiscus iced tea (3).

We started off with a round of refreshing drinks served in glass jars. My personal favourite was the hibiscus lemonade, with its vibrant red colour and tangy sweet taste topped with hibiscus petals and a lemon slice.

 

 

Amos dips (9).

Amos dips (9).

Bandidas is a heaven-on-earth for nachos lovers. We ordered the Amos dips, which came with tortilla chips, pinto beans, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and a roasted tomato salsa as dip. It was the perfect appetizer for a group of friends with different dip preferences because it had it all!

Mix & Match Tacos: Wolf & Goat and Connie (6.5).

Mix & Match Tacos: Wolf & Goat and Connie (6.5).

There is a beautiful selection of specialty tacos at Bandidas, and you can try everything by ordering them mix and match! We ordered the Wolf & Goat taco, stuffed with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. The Connie, a savoury taco, was stuffed with the surprisingly delicious combination of walnuts and apple salsa.

Morgan Taylor breakfast burrito baked with ranchero sauce and cheese (12.5).

Morgan Taylor breakfast burrito baked with ranchero sauce and cheese (12.5).

The unique Morgan Taylor breakfast burrito is served with Bandidas’ brunch menu, available from 9 am to 3 pm every day. We ordered it baked in ranchero sauce and cheese with no regrets because it tasted so good. Bandidas offers a wide assortment of other burritos, whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Fajitas (13).

Fajitas (13).

For those who like to play with their food, Bandidas’ fajitas are perfect for you. This entrée is served with smoked tempeh, sautéed vegetables, and an assortment of other fajita toppings with your choice of sauce and filling. It’s build-your-own-fajita when you can wrap up your favourite goodies in a handmade corn tortilla.

Vegan chocolate ice cream

Vegan chocolate ice cream

When it comes to desserts, Bandidas do not disappoint. They use plant-based and gluten-free options to make sure nobody has an excuse to skip out on this very important last part of a meal. We ordered the vegan chocolate ice cream, which is sourced from the local Earnest Ice Cream, and it was amazingly sweet and creamy as a vegan dessert option.

 

Bandidas Taqueria is the perfect place to go to no matter what your food preference is. With delicious food and a dedication to sustainability, health and social causes, Bandidas has everything a foodie needs. Please visit their website to learn more, and enter in the Sauder HeWe contest to win your ticket to a happy tummy: one of TWO $20 Bandidas gift cards!

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