“La Bamba” is one of my favorite songs, and it’s also the name of a new restaurant in Edgewood. From the name, I’m sure you can tell that it’s a Mexican restaurant. It’s the bright orange & brick storefront next to “Saw’s BBQ” and “Dreamcakes”. (I gotta get a new pic)
It was raining the night, that mom and I visited La Bamba for the first time. We walked in and grabbed the first booth that we saw available.
The waiter brought chips & salsa to our table, and he took our drink orders. He was very friendly, and impressed with my Spanish speaking skills.
I ordered an Original Frozen Margarita, and mom had sweet tea. This was her first time going to a Mexican restaurant and wanting more sweet tea, because it was actually sweet and lemony. My margarita was poignant, a little sweet, and just tasty all around. It was so cold that it froze my straw and the plastic cup that it was in. I love a good cold margarita!
The waiter was very friendly and even sat down at our booth, in order to take our appetizer & entree orders.
For an appetizer we had a Chicken Tamale.
Tamales begin with a dough made from corn, called masa, and are generally wrapped in corn husks or plantain leaves before cooking, depending on the region from which they come. They usually have a sweet or savory filling and are typically steamed until firm. The Chicken Tamale from La Bamba was good; I’ve had better since I’ve traveled to many places in Mexico. The dish didn’t taste too fresh, it seemed like it had been made earlier that week. In order to capture the true taste, you’re gonna have to taste it for yourself, lol! It was served with a spicy dipping sauce, that had somewhat of a chipotle flavor.
By the time we finished the appetizer, our entrees came out. I ordered the Steak Fajita Quesadilla.
It consisted of grilled quesadilla bread, grilled steak, grilled red & green bell peppers, grilled onions, and melted cheese. Yum, it was muy delicioso! It’s a mixture of a fajita and a quesadilla because it has the grilled mixed veggies of a fajita, and the melted cheese of a quesadilla. Let’s just say, it’s an excellent combination! It was also served with lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, & pico de gallo. ( all on the side)
My mom had the Chicken Quesadilla. She was trying to order the same thing that I did except with chicken; she didn’t know the specific name of what I ordered; I wish she had of told me that she wanted the same thing.
Anyway, she enjoyed her dish but she got many of the vegetables from my Steak Fajita Quesadilla; I didn’t mind! Her quesdailla consisted of grilled chicken and melted cheese, all wrapped in grilled quesadilla bread. It was also served with lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole.
We enjoyed all of our food and the neighborhood feel of the restaurant. La Bamba offers cheap prices and decent portions of food. The customer service is some of the best that I’ve seen in the Birmingham area. When we left, the whole staff (about six, including the cooks) waved and told us goodbye. Even when we drove off in our car, they were still waving; we felt like celebrities!
I can’t wait to go back to La Bamba!