Dos Bandidos Delivers Authentic Cali-Style Mexican flavor to South Tulsa

By on July 12, 2016

A Vera Cruz taste experience is now available just a few miles south on Memorial in Bixby, Oklahoma.

Dos Bandidos, owned and operated by brothers Carlos Lopez and Luis Lopez, features a casual, upscale and colorful ambiance that perfectly accents its authentically traditional menu.

In short, don’t look for your everyday Tex-Mex here. The Lopez Brothers, along with their kitchen manager, Aquiles Herriquez, are prepared to dazzle you with their beautiful and flavorful menu.

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As a perfect beginning to our meal, we tried Mexican Street Corn which features Mexican style corn served in a cup with cheese and aioli topped with just a hint of pepper. Coupled with the house made tortilla chips, it’s a great start to a flavorful dining experience.

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Carlos worked diligently with family and friends to uncover special recipes such as Tacos Gobernador, three Sinaloa styled grilled corn tortillas, filled with shrimp, onions, cheese and a slice of avocado.  The cuisine of Sinaloa is some of the richest in Mexico and often uses seafood and grilling techniques that are unique to this part of Mexico.  It’s no wonder that this dish is fast on the guest favorite list for Dos Bandidos.  We loved the melted cheese that was grilled with the tortilla perfectly offsetting the shrimp.  We also loved the large portions and the beautiful plating, resplendent on big platters and accented with blonde chilies from California.  Just a sprinkling of chili lime salt was the final touch on this beautiful meal.

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Tia Nene’s Poblano Cream Spaghettis (known in Sinaloa as spa Verde) was a welcome taste departure with its elegant flavor and presentation.  The colorful entrée a bright, vibrant green mixed with the surprisingly dynamic base of ingredients that includes poblano crema and spaghetti.  As a counter, this dish is served with spicy Barbacoa:  slow-cooked pork with authentic seasonings that adds savory and spice to the more delicate spaghetti.

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For an extra special treat, ask for the Tamales.  Though they are not on the current menu, they are filled with flavor for a more traditional Mexican dinner (though almost all the entrees are offered for lunch in smaller portions.)  Dos Bandidos’ Tamales are served on plantain leaves and filled with spicy onions, cilantro with just the right amount of sour cream.

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Dos Bandidos offers hand crafted cocktails, domestic and imported beers and specialty drinks.  On our visit we tries the Cantaritos.  Featuring Casadores, Squirt, orange juice, lime juice and Tajin it was attractively served with a candied straw with a hot little kick.  Another specialty drink that we’d recommend is the Mango Preparado Margarita – a house favorite—served with Don Julio, lime, orange juice, mango and triple sec.  It has a tangy, fruity taste twisted with a hint of spice.  With the sweet, Sandia Preparada Margarita (Don Julio, lime, orange juice, watermelon, triple sec) in the mix, it’s difficult to choose a favorite but I’ll go with the Cantaritos.  All of the specialty drinks are made with the freshest ingredients and are the perfect accompaniment to a Dos Bandidos meal or on their own.

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Dos Bandidos is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Located at 13330 S Memorial Dr., #4 in Bixby, OK 74008,  or connect with them on Facebook.

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"The Novel Gardener", Maurie Traylor, lives, creates, writes, paints, gardens and cooks in Mid-Town Tulsa. Her work has appeared in Oklahoma Gardener, Edible Tulsa Magazine and The Tulsa Literary Review. When not writing or painting, Maurie works with clients in creating meaningful spaces for home and garden. Her inspiration for her creative life stems from her family, namely her grandmother, whose garden and kitchen fed migrant workers and a large family during The Great Depression. Following that example, Maurie begins each day with the question, "What can we create today?"

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