Bandito Burrito Restaurant Smash

On Saturday, January 21, 2012, members of Huntsville Vegans ate together at Bandito Burrito on Governor’s Drive as part of our Restaurant Smash series of events. The purpose of a Restaurant Smash is to show local restaurants that there is a growing number of vegan consumers in Huntsville.

Huntsville Vegans member and Co-Founder of AREA Melissa and her family enjoy vegan food at Bandito Burrito

{“Smash” is just playful terminology; our visits to these restaurants are non-confrontational. }

For many of us, Bandito Burrito had been a favorite restaurant. Many members of our group had been eating at Bandito 3 – 5 times a week. Then we found out that Bandito uses whey in their refried beans. This was really disappointing for those of us that had been loyal Bandito customers, because we had previously been assured by Bandito staff that the refried beans were vegan.

If you’re looking for vegan dishes to order at Bandito Burrito, we recommend these two items:


Veggie Tamale 

This dish is small, so you might want to get two of them or pair them with another dish.

You don’t have to make any special orders – the veggie tamale is vegan as is! 🙂 Woot!

Veggie Taco Salad

Be sure to ask for whole pinto beans instead of refried beans. Ask for no cheese, and to substitute guacamole for the sour cream. If you like spicy, then it is great to add jalapenos as well. This dish will fill you up. It’s a great meal.

At our restaurant smash, the manager on duty, Steve, was extremely helpful. He’s promised that they’ll work with us to have more vegan options on the menu. We’d like to give a big THANK YOU shout out to Bandito Burrito for working with us to bring more vegan options to the Huntsville community!


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