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Satisfying Eats: The Cali Bandito Taco by The SlideBar and Gringo Bandito

Satisfying Eats:  
The Cali Bandito Taco by The SlideBar and Gringo Bandito

The SlideBar is a celebration of food, music, and local rock and roll history.  Sean Francis, owner of The Continental Room and the Sky Lounge, partnered with Jeremy Popoff, lead guitarist of Lit, to create SlideBar.  The restaurant and music hot spot is near the Fullerton Transportation Center, a historic train depot dating back to 1923.  

This local establishment makes a mark with an interior of collectible music items, including a drum set from No Doubt, a guitar from Sublime, and murals of Orange County stars The Righteous Brothers, The Offspring, and Gwen Stafani.  The memorabilia catches the eye of patrons and encourages people to discover the history of music in the area and sparks conversation between customers.  Additionally, the large patio is an active environment with an expansive bar, seating, and space for taking in the sounds of live bands. 

“The Slidebar is an independently owned and operated Rock ‘n’ Roll establishment.  We are proud to celebrate the history of Orange County music, while offering the best food, drinks, and entertainment around.   A sizable portion Orange County music history goes back over a half a century and can actually be traced right here, to our very own parking lot in Downtown Fullerton. This is where Leo Fender created possibly the most important contribution to Rock ‘n’ Roll ever – the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster electric guitars.  Since then, Orange County has been consistently delivering major contributions to the music world.”  

Recently The SlideBar partnered with Gringo Bandito to develop the Cali Bandito Taco, marrying the ingredients of a California burrito with Gringo Bandito red sauce—in house made tortillas.  Topped with sour cream and avocado, along with refried beans and chips.  The Cali Bandito vegetarian version is made with portobello mushrooms, rather than carne asada.  The carne asada and vegetarian versions of the Cali Bandito Taco hit the spot with a cold beer.  Not to worry vegetarians and those that simply enjoy portobello mushrooms…you will not miss the meat.

Compliments to Chef Branden LaGron and Gringo Bandito on a flavorful and fun taco.  Thank you for cooking up such a satisfying dish.  Gringo Bandito is a quality hot sauce to utilize for the tacos.  Dexter Holland, of The Offspring, is the founder of the California based company.  “Gringo Bandito has 70% less salt than other major competitors and contains no preservatives”.  The low sodium content makes it easy for chefs to regulate the flavor, and is especially good for those wanting to be or needing to be a bit more health conscious.

There are numerous dining options in Orange County, California.  Each of the cities, from Fullerton to Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa to Laguna Niguel, has a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Stop in at The SlideBar for happy hour, dinner, or late night easts and enjoy.


1.  The Slidebar is located at 122 East Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton, California 92832 in Downtown Fullerton.  This location is near shopping, businesses, universities, and more.  Easily accessible by taxi or car service.  Parking is available within the lot and on the street.

2.  Peak times occur on weekends and during special music performances.  Arrive early to secure a table for dinner, late night dinner, happy hour, or weekend brunch.  Reservations recommended.  

3.  Consider the following menu items.

Cali Bandito Tacos:  Three house made tortillas filled with carne asada, potatoes, sour cream, avocado, Gringo Bandito red sauce, served with refried beans and chips (vegetarian option make with mushrooms)

Tater Tots:  smothered with cheddar cheese and scallions (bacon optional)

Modern Times Fortunate Islands India Pale Ale (IPA):  ├╝ber-tropical with the crisp, deeply quenching drinkability, mild, nutty malt backbone, vibrant notes of mango, tangerine, and passionfruit

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