Meatless Mondays: Bimbos Cantina

Outside the Cantina

Capitol Hill has style. Don’t fight the luchador inside you. Enjoy Bimbos.

Unlike their name, they don’t make it easy for you. An eclectic mix of drinks, dishes and décor gives you a little bit of a seizure. In a good way. You aren’t ever bored and even just being in there makes you feel like part of the cool crowd. Bimbos Cantina lures you in and says, “Take it.”

Outside the Cantina

Vegan Burrito ($7.95) Mexican cuisine is usually a pretty attractive option for Vegs who want a substantial meal so it’s not entirely necessary to supply a meat alternative. This burrito had enough to keep me—and my big-boned, food-destroying dining partner—satisfied. It had a great balance of ingredients; warm and cold, hearty and light. But overall it was pretty basic and predictable. Nothing all that special.

Bimbos’ Vegan Wet Burrito

To turn it up a notch, we made it wet for $0.75 more. The spicy red enchilada sauce poured over the burrito added a bit of a zing, but didn’t really transport me to Mexico or anything. Could have been because there were American flags sticking out the top of it. Definitely the American version of Mexican food. Thanks for nailing it, Bimbos! 

Bimbos’ Double Decker Tacos Platter

Double Decker Vegan Tacos ($2.95 for one) Same idea as the burrito, same fillers but with some garlic-roasted potatoes popped in there. The plate of tacos, rice and beans lacked salt and overall interest. The double decker idea made my little girl tummy get excited, but then realized my palette had evolved. I’ll throw Bimbos a bone and blame it on myself. Don’t leave the dub deck alone too long, like I did, or the hard shell will get flaccid. Went there! Overall, another yawn of a dish. If your goal for the night is to fuel up for your inevitable night of crazy Cap Hill debauchery, you will not be let down. Order one of their special margaritas and start the boozin’!

Bimbos’ Vegan Nachos

Organic Beans and Guacamole Nachos ($8.95 for large) Happy ending. To this column, sickos. Bimbos’ nachos are DA BOMB. Piled high with a bunch of shit that makes me feel yummies. Tons of creamy, melty vegan mozzarella, moist faux chicken pieces, beans, jalapenos, pico de gallo salsa and a healthy portion of guacamole. That’ll do it. I will sacrifice looking like a lady so I can grab all the good, crisp chips before they start asking to be forked. I’m a wimp in the spice department so the jalapenos gave me a bit of a challenge. I could feel the burn so having an icy margarita next to my hand was perfect. This dish is great for sharing, but I’d order one plate for myself. Full, happy belly. Get your hands dirty with this one.

Inside Bimbos

My vegan vote? ¾ cup. My cool factor from being there? Overflowing.

Head downstairs to Cha Cha Lounge after your meal. You’ll feel like you’re in the basement getting your vampire dance on, expecting Wesley Snipes to show up and do some Blade-style damage.

Bimbos Cantina | 1013 E Pike St,  Seattle  |  (206) 322-9950