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Bit of Mexico in Bandera, TX

In Food on 07/07/2010 at 5:16 pm

New places to eat have been cropping up in Bandera.  A few have wavered from the Mexican food route but I haven’t been there and this is not a post about those.  This place is behind Super S and is called Bit of Mexico.

I have heard it is open late night, which no other place in town is, but I did not confirm it nor did I see hours posted.  The building itself is basic with a very nice deck which backs to the river area, as seen here:

We sat inside, as it is July in Texas and we are not mentally incompetent.  The menu was basic and, while not extensive, had Tex-Mex classics along with general crowd pleasers such as chicken strips.  As previously mentioned in this blog, I am extremely weary of new enchiladas, especially in a restaurant I have never been.  Feeling saucy, and with a crispy taco backup, I went ahead with the Mexican plate consisting of two enchiladas, rice, beans and that all essential taco.  My iced tea was good and prompt; the waitress was a little leery of us but warmed up and was consistently nice.  The obligatory table chips were a good girth and the salsa maintained a nice spice kick.

The additional bit of Mexico beyond the food was a corner gift shop that reeked of a tourist trap in Nuevo Lardeo.  Floor to ceiling were ceramic pigs (which I never got the point of, thanks Kenny!), embroidered dresses and Mexican cooking vanilla.

Additionally, what was decidedly Mexico in theory but completely non-Mexico in execution were the people singing and playing guitar in front of the shop.  They were very talented and pleasant to listen to but made chatting a bit awkward.  According to the myspace page of Bit of Mexico, music is featured every Sunday from 12-2.

Food came out about five minutes after I started wondering about it, which is not a bad wait.

The rice and beans were quite tasty, featured consistent textures and came in appropriate portions.  The enchiladas were a little too greasy cheesy but the interior cheese was perfectly melty.  My taco, A.R.’s taco and K.A.’s tacos were all ground beef and were all undercooked.  The meat was pink; so pink I wondered if the kitchen was unlit.  Needless to say, I did not finish the taco.

Others got a chicken quesadilla and chicken nachos.  The quesadilla was solely chicken and cheese but the tortilla was crispy and I was told the queso/pollo ratio was well executed.  The feeling was similar regarding the nachos.

This place didn’t suck and I would like to return in the future for further sampling.  Just keep an eye on your ground beef!

Thanks for the pictures A.R.!

Evidence of cruelty in the naming industry fact: Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – Fear of long words

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