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BBB Rating
A+
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Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sat - Sun Closed
Payment method
all major credit cards
Neighborhoods
Central Chicago, The Loop
AKA

La Bamba Chicago Inc

Categories
Mexican Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Take Out: Yes

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Cuisine: Mexican, Latin American

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scatteredshadows

11/30/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
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At some point more than a year ago, I stopped in at La Bamba for a simple burrito late in a long workday. When I got it back to the office to eat, I imediately discovered it to be runny and flavorless, with gummy, gristly meat. While I didn't expect much, the food failed to live up to the fairly low expectations I have for any local Tex Mex place.

I didn't go back for some six months, when one day I had a taste for Tex Mex and couldn't think of any non chain alternative to go to downtown. Walking into the empty retaurant, I wondered if I should reconsider and go to Chipotle instead. Which is exactly what I did after standing at the counter for five minutes waiting in vain for someone to take my order. I swore I wouldn't go back. Unfortunately, I didn't keep my pledge.

This afternoon, I again wanted some Tex Mex and wanted to avoid the big corporate chains. I decided that I'd punished La Bamba by bypassing them on a number of occasions when I had a taste for border food. I walked in, again the place was empty. This time at least a cook stood behind the counter to take my order. Steak torta please, hold the sour cream. After a few minutes, my order was up, so I headed back to the office. Opening the wrapping immediately dashed my glimmer of hope for a decent meal.

The torta was cold, on a limp bun that more resembled a slightly chewy hamburger bun than any torta bun I've ever had. No avocado, a few meager chunks of tomato, a decent hint of cilantro and onion. Oh, and that same flavorless, gristly meat. Not only was the meat flavorless and gristly, since it wasn't sliced properly for a torta, the floppy bun immediately disgorged half of the meat into the wrapper.

Word to the wise. If you ever decide that a restaurant has disappointed you to the extent that you promise not to return, keep that promise. Your first instinct was probably right. By the way, La Bamba is really a good deal either. This miserable torta cost almost $5.50 with tax!

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