Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Picture preview of Bandolero, Mike Isabella's new Mexican restaurant

Thank You, LivingSocial Gourmet Deals!

Because of you, Jarrett and I got a preview of Mike Isabella's new Mexican restaurant, Bandolero, set to open in Georgetown in April.  It was A-MAZ-ING!  I was expecting a completely fixed menu, and was pleasantly surprised that all of the courses, save for the first one, had options.  And our waitress encouraged us to order different things in order to try more.  Don't have to tell us twice.

Instead of blabbering on like I normally do, I'll walk you though our dinner using pictures.  Reviews won't be necessary since everything that passed my lips was incredible.

First Course:  Warm chips & chicharrones with guacamole, sikil pak (pumpkin seeds, jalapeno orange), and salsa roja
Paired With:  Michelada (milagro blanco, tomato, lime, mole bitters, corona)

Second Course:  Sopes (lamb picadillo, chipotle goat cheese) and Taquitos (blue crab, coconut, red chile, lime)
Paired With:  Margarita (milagro blanco, patron citronage, agave, grand marnier, lime, blood orange)

Sorry, I dropped the ball on this one, no pictures:(  I went to the bathroom to make the food come faster, and it worked, and when I got back to the table, we dove right in.

Third Course:  Tacos!  Mahi Mahi with chipotle, avocado, lime and Skirt Steak with refried beans and crispy onions
Paired With:  City of Gold (milagro resposado, cardamaro, st. germain, lemon)

Fourth Course:  Tamal (wild mushrooms, epazote) and Mole Negro (pork ribs, sesame seeds)
Paired With:  Malverde (sombra mezcal, cucumber, cilantro, agave, hellfire bitters)

Fifth Course:  Flan (canella, orange) and Mexican Chocolate Pudding (mezcal crema)
Paired With:  Sparkling Cocktail (el jimador blanco, prickly pear, sparkling wine)

And although I've met him once before, the high point of the evening was chatting and getting a picture with Mike Isabella.  I was way less nervous this time since I had just had all those cocktails though!

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