This post is written by our HeWe ambassador, Serinda Kong.
Affordable legitimate vegetarian Mexican food. All-day breakfast. Soon to be 24 hours. What more could you ask for? Bandidas Taqueria is a dainty little restaurant that was built by friends and family. They are dedicated in making as little impact as possible on the environment by using compostable packaging, purchasing locally and re-using old furniture and equipment. You can tell this is an East Van favourite by the long lines that stretch out the door and down the block. Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations, but the food is definitely worth the wait!
You’re able to take a look into the kitchen and watch the cook roll, press and griddle corn tortillas fresh for your plate. There is a rustic feel to the restaurant and the gas-lit candles spark endless conversation. We sat and chatted for 3 hours!
The menu is very extensive! It was extremely difficult to decide what to order, but I decided to try two tacos: the Leona Gayle & the Stella. The smoky-sweet chipotle organic tofu in the Leona Gayle was very tasty and gave a nice contrast to the pinto beans and lettuce. The butternut squash provided a unique texture to the Stella taco and was quite filling, considering I had a late lunch. I will be back to try the other tacos!
Our table also sampled the “Wolf & Goats” burrito bowl, fajitas and Shopie’s poblano. Emily’s burrito bowl looked like a never-ending volcano of cabbage, sour cream and guac. Deee-licious! Leon wasn’t sure how to eat the Pablano (the huge pepper you can see in the photo), but the beans were really delicious. You could taste the pepper that was infused in the beans.
Of course we can’t forget dessert. Bandidas offers four different types of desserts from vegan ice cream to chocolate quinoa cake! Our table was feeling dairy so we ordered Earnest’s salted caramel and chocolate vegan ice cream.
Here are a few recommendations that are healthy at Bandidas!
- Mrs Cohen's Breakfast Soup: Tortilla soup, finished with slices of avocado, tortilla chips, feta cheese, cilantro and two poached eggs.
- Breakfast Tacos: On handmade corn tortillas with black beans, caramelized onions, scrambled eggs, ranchera sauce, cheese and sour cream.
- Doe's Breakfast Salad: Two fried eggs on a bed of fresh spinach, roasted red pepper drizzle, goat cheese, balsamic dressing and roasted yam-potato hash.
- Two or three tacos with Tortilla soup.
P/s: The most ordered item on the menu is the Ronny Russel Baked Burrito.
If you’re looking to try mexican food not from Chipotle, Bandidas Tacqueria should be on your list! Stop by on your way off the 99 B-Line as the scrumptious food and the hip atmosphere will leave you wanting more. We are giving out a $25 gift card for those of you who want to try out the food in Bandidas, just follow the instructions below and you'll stand a chance to win it. Good luck!
Address: 2781 Commercial Drive
Phone number: (604) 568-8224
Price Range: $10-$20/person