We arrived on a Thursday after 5:30 pm for dinner to a half filled restaurant with adequate parking out front and plenty of available seating inside. I love the location, historic downtown revitalization is very romantic to me. The Bandito Burrito decor may intentionally be that old run down downtown hotspot, if so, good job. I certainly felt comfortable and wanted to ask questions about the dollar bills hanging from the ceiling and the old timey signs on the walls. The go to guy here was a fella named Bill who was taking orders, clearing tables, shuttling food & drinks as well as working the register. I saw one other person who looking like a waitress but she was kinda just smiling and standing around and chatting to one person or another. Bill looked harried and never paused much less took a break. I think I heard him apologize a dozen times to one person or another. When he introduced himself he dropped off chips and salsa, both of which were very good. When he brought our sweet tea, also good, he took our order. I don't know where his head was but he had to return to ask us to repeat the details of our order. I think he needs some coworkers to alleviate his workload. Our order was as follows:
$4: small white cheese dip in an edible bowl (Grade: A)
$8: Burrito dinner with mexi-rice and refried beans (Grade: Burrito=B, Rice=C, Beans=D)
$8: Combo #3 dinner with Taco, Cheese Enchilada, rice & beans (Grade: Taco=A, Enchilada=F)
$2: Sweet Tea (Grade B+)
Total after tax was $26
If you go, get the cheese bowl because it's a unique experience. I will probably not return to this restaurant because of how much I disliked the Enchilada, Rice & Beans. The rest of it was okay. This could have been my after work bar and restaurant, I really liked the specials they offered related to when the train passes by on the tracks out front. Madison is still growing, a wise investor should buy this place up, renovate, and turn this area into a wild west type enterprise. Out of towners looking for great Mexican food should skip this one however stop by the area and check out historic downtown Madison anyway.