Bandolero, which opened in May by local celebrity chef Mike Isabella, is located in the heart of Georgetown in a large, two-level, energetic space, and specializes in modern Mexican cuisine. The menu consists of small plates, many of which are vegetarian or can be made vegetarian or vegan (be sure to ask your server, however, as the veg-friendly menu items are not clearly marked). Everything I tried, which is pictured below (minus the tequila), was absolutely delicious.
|Homemade guacamole with masa crisps|
NOTE: this dish also comes with chicarrones (pork rinds), but you can ask for it without them
|Wild mushroom tacos with butternut squash, pickled onion, and crispy pepitas (pumpkin seeds)|
|Empanada stuffed with spinach, leeks, manchego cheese, and plantains|
|Sweet plantains (without the cream and cheese that normally come with it) and black beans and rice (with chives)|
UPDATE: As of July 2013, according to the Washington Post, Mike Isabella formally separated from Bandolero after the restaurant failed to pass a health inspection. Sadly, I must remove it from the Washington, DC Restaurants page of this website. For a much nicer Mike Isabella dining experience, check out Kapnos, which I wrote about here.