Not everyone will love this article but I've personally been haunted by the one and only visit I will ever make to Chino Bandido. There is something quite odd to me about the concept of Mexican Chinese fusion food. When you combine all that food together in a portable tin, it reminds me of a pile of vomit. Driving by the establishment would sometimes upset my stomach just thinking about it.
Chino Bandido is a popular establishment and there are several around Phoenix so that confirms there is a fan base. People rave about it. I'm confused by the whole concept. If you prefer to dine on Kobe beef burgers, fresh sushi, or food prepared with local and organic ingredients, Chino Bandido may not be an ideal choice for you.
During my visit, a worker in a food stained apron was explaining to guests how to order food and handing out little samples in paper cups. Something doesn't seem right with that. When I shuffled over to the register, I observed more workers with food stained aprons appear to be hastily slopping food into tins as if they were preparing to deliver meals to a fast moving line of prisoners. My rule has always been three strikes and you're out. Strike three came when I entered the dining room with large card style tables, wobbly chairs and the prior guests leftover rice at my setting and on my chair.
On a positive note, the food is affordable and you get a lot of it. This place certainly has some fans, but I am not one of them.