Foodluminati – Chino Bandidos




HAPPY FRIDAY to all members of the RoQ Riffs!!! We made it one whole week!! New segment time.  We all love food. You love food. Yes.. YES YOU DO!!! Don’t lie to yourself! You’re thinking about food right now.. I can smell it! Let me help you out with this new segment called Foodluminati … where we try out some pretty schweet eatin, shun. Major Corporate Food Chains .. need. not. apply.    Since it is Friday, I’m going to give you a mission for the weekend as if this were Doug and you were Smash Adams… minus the mildly-stalkerish obsession with that floozie of a classmate Patti Mayonnaise  ..  remember when she went out with Roger?? That little tanning bed lab rat of a tramp… smh.. YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER , DOUG!!!

I just cheaply referenced a Doug character. I’ve already won this fight.


Okay let me get back on subject. Doug did disappoint me , though… okay, I can’t help this , let me get it off my chest.  Bro,  Patti wasn’t about a damn thing, she played him that entire series. Skeet was probably Tony Gwinning that out of the park, anyways.

>_< ugh…..b*tch…




Okay my bad, let’s try this again..


“How does food relate to underground / indie hiphop ” , you say?  It technically doesn’t I just wanted to post stuff about food.. and some struggle rapper probably references having “bundles the size of burritos” or some ignorant crap.. so we can say that qualifies this to be included on an underground hiphop site.  Okay so, lets do this.


You think I’m lying , don’t you.. okay, I’ll give you 10 seconds to go look then come back. We’re doing a segment, here…



I stumbled upon this culinary greatness otherwise known as Chino Bandidos earlier this year in my music HQ of Phoenix , AZ.  A few friends recommended it to me with no other description other than “try it”.  You know what, they did tell me what it was.  A cuisine-mix of Chinese-Mexican-Caribbean.  I was a little hesitant, I can’t even lie. Then I heard that weird japanese guy from inception talking and it kind of freaked me out..

I have a sudden urge to go to Six Flags Magic Mountain..




Or maybe I’m getting that deja vu-mixed up with a dream I had while knocked out from that delicious place of The Itis, I eventually consumed.


But then I took a bite of my friends jade chicken.  And fell out of my damn chair.

The tub is a metaphor for euphoria.

You don’t understand….

The green portion of the plate.. that. Ya, give me your plate. Thank you.



Now, I’m on a mission: my next lunch WILL BE at this mythical “Chino Bandeos” or whateverthehell my friend told me it was called.  The spot is located right off the corner of 7th St and Greenway in North Phoenix.  So , this means I’ve been driving by this thing for HOW long without knowing?   I’m on it.  Head there, get out of my car in the parking lot and head towards the door.  Some hipster couple is speed walking trying to beat me to the door.. you know how that played that out..


I’m getting in that damn door FIRST.


…. SO I get in there..  look at the menu and how they devise it is like this…  you can pick one main by itself, you can pick a main and a side, or you can play two mains and a side.   Now, as I started above, this is an Asian-Mexican Fusion with a splash of Caribbean (and you’ll see why, momentarily). So a lot of these foods are prepared with elements of the other cuisine.

Case in point:

White rice, jade chicken.. and whateverthehell is in that quesadilla


Here is the chicken blown up for you non believers.

Teriyaki chicken burrito, jade red chicken quesadilla, black beans, and jerk fried rice. It’s that serious.

Emerald Chicken, Carnitas Quesadilla, Pork Fried Rice, Cuban Beans w/ Cheese.. Haven’t have pork since I could remember but.. this looks pretty damn good, I can’t even lie. Have some for me.

Chimichanga??? Yes.



Damnit man.. I’m literally typing this while hungry , this isn’t helping me.. let me just break down the various dishes..



For the weary, they have fresh-and-ready-to-go sample trays so you can pick your bliss. Seriously.  It goes GREAT with their selection or rice & bean variants.. mix and match these with your dishes and you’re all set.

The environment is family friendly; spacious dining area for multiple parties. The TV is usually locked on some sort of sports channel or other crowd-pleasing entertainment , so bring your kids. Affordable prices, too. I’d recommend this for anything ranging from family sunday activities, to lunch, to pre-sports game food for the dinner table.


See? Kids love anthropomorphic animals. He even has a cool Danny Trejo mustache. That means this food is bad ass and is occasionally type cast in much the same was as Ving Rhames because Hollywood is racist. But that’s for another time, kids!





Phoenix 15414 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023   (602) 375-3639    11-am-9pm

Chandler  1825 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85224 (480) 889-5990 11am-9pm

Okay..  there ya have it.. Foodluminati .. places I’d recommend to my closest music buddies when they visit the Phoenix HipHop scene… now you’re in the loop.  Keep the info to yourself or spread the word, all you’re doing is benefiting others with some bomb food.   For those in the Maricopa County region, you have a mission during the weekend, should you choose to accept it.


What are some other places you’ve been to that you would like to see me review??  If they are out of the region, you can write a review on it and I’ll post it in the upcoming message board section!


Alright yall, I’m out the gate..   until next time,




– RoQy





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