Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 11
Michigan Avenue location of an upmarket chain of American restaurants.
Perched on a second floor with wide windows overlooking Michigan Avenue, Bandera swanks it up every night with a three-piece jazz band providing mellow background music for food thats pleasant, nonthreatening, and sometimes pretty good. Dont let the restaurants name fool you: Mexican food plays only a minor role on tables here. #1 Tuna Poke is plump sashimi cubes, shrimp, and avocado with tortilla chips in a sugary sauce. The hacked chicken salad features the bird, greens, and tortilla strips—again in a sugary sauce. This slightly Hispanic, assertively sweet trend continues throughout. The barbecued salmon was excellent—moist, lightly grilled, and kissed with something sweet. Even the corn bread—overflowing a cast-iron pan, crumbly and crunchy with jalapeños—was caramelized with the element of sweetness evident in most dishes we had. Sides—a cilantro-heavy slaw and pickled cabbage with goat cheese—were well prepared but also unrelentingly sweet. Surprisingly, the dessert menu is quite limited.
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