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Bandera, located at Fair Oaks and Howe, is a longtime favorite of many Sacramentans. I've eaten there a few times and have enjoyed their "no corkage" policy and their jalapeno cornbread served in a cast iron pan. But I've found their food otherwise decent, but uneventful. If I'm driving out that way, I'd rather try something like Plan B.

But every time I drive by, Bandera's lot is full and there's often a line out the door.

Luckily, Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson takes the time to try to decode why the restaurant is so popular.

Bandera is not a great restaurant by any stretch of imagination, yet it enjoys a great reputation. How?

First, the people who work there — unlike the macho salad or the ribs — are, indeed, amazing. They’re well trained, courteous, attentive. They work as a team. It’s a well-oiled, synchronized system. And they do all the little things such as smile and say goodnight that make you feel special. That, for one, makes the food taste better and the experience feel richly satisfying...

Second, from conversations with friends and acquaintances, I have concluded that Bandera is loved by people who order the same food nearly every time. I’m not here to judge that, only to offer that the practice doesn’t necessarily allow one to see food and flavors in new and exciting ways.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

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Bandera, located at Fair Oaks and Howe, is a longtime favorite of many Sacramentans. I've eaten there a few times and have enjoyed their "no corkage" policy and their jalapeno cornbread served in a cast iron pan. But I've found their food otherwise decent, but uneventful. If I'm driving out that way, I'd rather try something like Plan B.

But every time I drive by, Bandera's lot is full and there's often a line out the door.

Luckily, Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson takes the time to try to decode why the restaurant is so popular.

Bandera is not a great restaurant by any stretch of imagination, yet it enjoys a great reputation. How?

First, the people who work there — unlike the macho salad or the ribs — are, indeed, amazing. They’re well trained, courteous, attentive. They work as a team. It’s a well-oiled, synchronized system. And they do all the little things such as smile and say goodnight that make you feel special. That, for one, makes the food taste better and the experience feel richly satisfying...

Second, from conversations with friends and acquaintances, I have concluded that Bandera is loved by people who order the same food nearly every time. I’m not here to judge that, only to offer that the practice doesn’t necessarily allow one to see food and flavors in new and exciting ways.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

More News:

Sacramento Burger Battle on Sept. 18 - Burger lovers, save the date: On Wednesday, Sept. 18, some of your favorite restaurants are going to duke it out, culinary-style, at Raley Field in West Sacramento. The goal? To be named “Best Burger in Sacramento” by a panel of judges who include Patrick Mulvaney of Mulvaney’s B&L, Chris Macias of The Sacramento Bee, and Russ Parsons, food editor and columnist of the Los Angeles Times. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

VIDEO: Burgess Brothers Celebrates Anniversary - [Saturday marked] one year since the Burgess brothers opened their restaurant across from Sacramento City College on Sutterville Road. “[The year] actually flew by. It’s been a huge learning process. Struggle? I’d say it’s been a whirlwind,” said Jonathan Burgess. Rowena Shaddox on FOX 40.

VIDEO: Ceviche from La Huaca Restaurant - Restaurant owner Luis Caceres and Chef Juliano Cardenas with La Huaca Restaurant are making Peruvian Ceviche and Festival de causas with Eric Rucker. On FOX 40.

VIDEO: New Brunch Menu at Cafeteria 15L - Paul Robins gets a taste of Cafeteria 15L’s new brunch menu. On FOX 40.

VIDEO: California Love Food Truck - It is a delicious fusion of Mexican and Asian cuisine. The California Love Food Truck were out back with a quick look of their delicious food. On Good Day Sac.

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