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Find Us: 159 1/2 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC

Parking: Wallace Parking Deck

We can be hard to find but we are worth the discovery!

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El Gigante Challenge

Can YOU Conquer the El Gigante Burrito?

Maybe best known for our fun, legendary El Gigante burrito challenge, please come hungry enough to try and conquer the almost 5-pound mammoth sized burrito in less than 60 minutes and take home a fun tee shirt that says, “I conquered The El Gigante!” Proud owners, Antoni and his son Tony say that less than a third of their customers take home the tee and the bragging rights of conquering the El Gigante challenge!

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Our Story

Bandido‛s first opened in 1995. Over the years, we have become a staple in Chapel Hill and our El Gigante has become a “rite of passage” for UNC students. Our loyal fans have voted us BEST in many categories over the years from BEST Service to BEST Salsa and BEST MEXICAN!

Years in Business

People Served

Reviews Received

Fan Favorites At a Glance

Texas Fajitas

22, for two 30

Combination of grilled shrimp,
Steak and Chicken Fajitas

Loaded Nachos

small 10, large 13

Corn or flour tortilla chips topped with cheese, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole and your choice of one additional topping. Choose from refried beans, black beans, ground beef, shredded beef, chipotle chicken, sautéed spinach or extra cheese. Additional toppings – 2.50 each

Margarita Chicken Rice Bowl


A large bowl filled with rice, black beans,
tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, onions, sour
cream, cheese and grilled margarita chicken. Served with a side of sweet chipotle mango sauce.
Fajita Steak 13 Grilled Shrimp 16
Make it a Salad – add 2 – Add fresh baby field greens.
Eat your Bowl – add 1 – Served in crispy flour tortilla bowl

Nada Mas Queso


Nothing but cheese! One cheese enchilada, one cheese burrito and one cheese tostada with sour cream and choice of two sides

San Antonio Burrito


House Favorite! Filled with refried beans grilled steak or chicken fajitas, sautéed onions and bell peppers. Topped with your choice of salsa roja or salsa verde, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole and shredded cheese. Combo 17

Cantina Favorites At a Glance

House Margaritas

1/2 Pitcher, 12

On the rocks

10 oz Mug 6 , 16 oz Glass 8, Pitcher 24

Tejano Gold Margaritas

1/2 Pitcher, 13

On the rocks – with José Cuervo Tequila

10 oz Mug 8, 16 oz Glass 9.50, Pitcher 26

Bandido's Electric Tea


Vodka, rum, tequila, gin and blue curacao blended with just a little fresh made sour mix and a splash of Sprite

Chillin' Cactus Cooler


Don’t let the smooth flavors of orange and pineapple juice blended with grenadine and three different rums – fool you. This “punch” is potent!
Fish Bowl 22 – enough for the whole table

Cafe Hours

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM