Dos Bandidos Expands Choices in Tulsa Arts District

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN
Contributing Writer

DOWNTOWN NEWCOMER: Dos Bandidos sits in the former location of Rusty Crane in the Tulsa Arts District at 109 N. Detroit Ave.

BLAKE AUSTYN for GTR Newspapers

Dos Bandidos opened in March in the space that previously held Rusty Crane at 109 N. Detroit Ave. in downtown Tulsa’s Arts District.

I was sad to see Rusty Crane go. I know the owner, and I know how much of a dream that restaurant was for him. And the food was excellent and diverse.

Space in the Tulsa Arts District is in high demand, and the area around Detroit Avenue is seeing an even more pronounced uptick in traffic, with the start of Tulsa Drillers games and the recent opening of the Archer Building. In addition, the construction of a Holiday Inn Express, at the corner of Archer Street and Detroit Avenue, and the construction of the Flats on Archer, at the corner of Archer Street and Boston Avenue, will invite further density to the district.

With all of this history and activity, therefore, I was curious to try Dos Bandidos, especially since it already has a successful restaurant, its flagship location, in Bixby, 13330 S. Memorial Dr.

The space has a lot going for it—besides its original renovation by the owner of Rusty Crane, it boasts a very large outdoor patio. Additionally, our server mentioned that the owners are currently adding a stage to the outdoor area in order to bring in live entertainment.

On the Sunday afternoon that my group visited, it was a beautiful day, so we chose to sit outside and enjoy margaritas. I went with the 24-ounce El Jefe margarita.

We began with the Mexican fries: French fries topped with carne asada, guacamole, cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo. The guacamole was to die for, adding a moistness and freshness to this dish and every dish it is included with. The steak was tender with barely any grizzle, which is a feat.

For our main courses, we chose the Combo Fajitas, with chicken and shrimp, and the Fish Tacos. The tacos came with two open-face tacos plus rice and beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, and lettuce.

The fajitas came sizzling, as expected. The chicken and shrimp were both tender, juicy and flavorful.

The Fish Tacos, on the other hand, I’m sorry to say, were quite opposite of that. While the tacos had a good amount of fish, the flavor was lacking.

For those looking for deals, from 2-5 p.m., seven days a week, the restaurant offers $1 tacos, with the choice of various meats. I made another special trip just to try these options, and I especially enjoyed the vegetarian taco with generous slices of zucchini. It was a great value and very tasty.

Other menu items include burritos, quesadillas, rice bowls, enchiladas and alambres—noted as a popular dish in Mexico City, made up of meat, bacon, onions, peppers and cheese.

Dos Bandidos opens seven days a week at 11 a.m., closing Sunday-Thursday at 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m.

Updated 06-02-2018

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