La Bamba III

Last Activity: Aug 21st, 2014

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La Bamba III Fort Lauderdale

Location

4245 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 568-5662
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Critic's Rating

Rating3.1
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review: 08/05/14

Information

HoursM-Th 11:30am-10pm, FriSat 11:30am-11pm
Dress CodeCasual ParkingPrivate Lot
CCYes AlcoholFull Bar
Entree PricesModerate OutdoorNo
ReservationsNo DeliveryNo

Critic's Review

Felt like some "Cuban" Food. La Bamba serves a host of Mexican and "Spanish" dishes, and it's a pretty comfortable restaurant to roll and and roll out for a quick lunch.

La Bamba Fort Lauderdale Interior

La Bamba Fort Lauderdale Interior

90% of what happens here is purely mechanical . You don't really have 1 server; lots of people will be brining you stuff and checking on you. I order tea; they even have lemon where a lot of the latin place only have lime.

Chips come out immediately. I think they have a guy who just watches for new people to come in and he brings out the chips.

La Bamba Chips

La Bamba Chips

Tea comes seconds later. You have a drink and chips within 2 minutes of sitting down.

La Bamba Ice Tea

La Bamba Ice Tea


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They have a bunch of good menu items but their regular entrees are huge for about $12.95, and I wasn't eating that much today. The only lunch special I like is the Ropa Vieja, so I ordered that.

The chips are good; the salsas vary. Today the mild salsa was good; sometimes it's too mushy, so I ate a bunch of chips.

The ropa came out shortly.

La Bamba Ropa Vieja Lunch Special

La Bamba Ropa Vieja Lunch Special

The first thing I noticed was that the bowl was filled with beans. No cheaping out on the lunch special like at other places. I got a 1/2 bowl at Jalisco. The beans are good hear; they have onions and I pulled a bay leaf out.

The ropa isn't the best here; it's more like a brown gravy than a garlicky tomato sauce, but it's a solid lunch and a great value for $7.95; under $10 with a beverage.

Review 7/1/13

The plan to lunch at Ferdo's didn't work out as they're on vacation for the week, so I just went across the street to La Bamba. La Bamba is always a solid choice; consistently decent if not remarkable.

They tried to seat me in front of the register, which is always a mistake, so I requested something further back. Chips come almost immediately.

La Bamba Chips and Salsa

La Bamba Chips and Salsa

SOS here. Good chips, good mild salsa, and I don't like the "spicy". I was planning on having a big dinner, so I wanted to keep lunch light, but I didn't want anything on the Lunch Menu. Lunch comes with soup and a drink with no refills. I went for the La Bamba combo, which includes a beef taco, chicken enchilada and a chile relleno.

Music here is festive Mexican. My idea for a light lunch was struck down by the portion.

La Bamba "la bamba" combo

La Bamba "la bamba" combo

Adding to this, another plate came out with the taco.>

La Bamba Beef Taco

La Bamba Beef Taco

All of it pretty good, none of it great. Another 3 star meal at La Bamba.

Review 7/17/2012

The La Bamba mini-chain of Mexican restaurants bridge the gap between fast food and authentic Mexican. La Bamba is not a take-out place; its a full-scale restaurant. Inside, you almost feel like you could be in Mexico. The decor, the music, and the fast but impersonal service. All of the workers here are or could be Mexican.

La Bamba III is a loud place. Its inexpensive, which lends itself to families, so expect some crying babies and kids running around. The place is mostly booths, some for 2 and most for 4 people. The walls are painted like old-world mexican architecture. There's a bar up front, but its closed at lunch time.

La Bamba Fort Lauderdale Interior

La Bamba Fort Lauderdale Interior

The servers are efficient and very formal. there's a lot of them running around. On a rainy day it wasn't too busy; the last time I was here it was very busy. As soon as you're seated, they bring out a big basket of chips with salsa with 3 degrees of heat; mild was my favorite.

La Bamba Chips

La Bamba Chips

While most of the server were flying around, mine was a slow moving older guy. I got some iced tea and looked over the lunch specials, which are smaller portions for about $7.95 each. I wanted something different from the usual small steak or enchilada. I decided on the Chiles Rellenos. They have wireless but it's locked; too much trouble to ask for a password. The food came out in a few minutes on a piping hot plate.

La Bamba Chiles Rellenos

La Bamba Chiles Rellenos

This is a lot of food for $12.95. I could have split this into 2 meals but I ate it all except for 1/2 the rice. The ranchero sauce wasn't that good, but the peppers where done just right and there was plenty of gooey cheese. Canned refried beans I think, but they're pretty nasty regardless. $1.50 for iced tea; you get a whole day full of calories for $15.
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La Bamba is a very popular place mainly because its inexpensive, they have a large menu and you can get in and out fast. The food is as good or better than the fast food places; and it feels more like a restaurant.

Review 8/6/10

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The La Bamba mini-chain of Mexican restaurants bridge the gap between fast food and authentic Mexican. La Bamba is not a take-out place; its a full-scale restaurant. Inside, you almost feel like you could be in Mexico. The decor, the music, and the fast but impersonal service. All of the workers here are or could be Mexican.

La Bamba III is a loud place. Its inexpensive, which lends itself to families, so expect some crying babies and kids running around. The place is mostly booths, some for 2 and most for 4 people. The walls are painted like old-world mexican architecture. There's a bar up front, but its closed at lunch time.

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The servers are efficient and very formal. there's a lot of them running around. At lunchtime, its pretty busy. But ordering here is easy. They have lunch specials that include a soft drink with no refills. You just tell them which of the 10 or so items you want and they're off. I was asked about a beverage as soon as I sat down and it arrived quickly along with a big bowl of fresh chips and both hot and mild salsa. The cilantro was still dry. So far so good until I went to sweeten the iced tea. No Splenda. Good grief.

Not much later another server marches over with a big tray with 4 dishes on it; one of which was mine. Ropa Vieja, white rice and a bowl of black beans with onion.

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The food is better than fast food, but doesn't quite make the grade as really good either. It seems mass produced. While Ropa Vieja is a slow simmered dish, there are just no real flavors and too much pedestrian gravy. Its just ok.

La Bamba is a very popular place mainly because its inexpensive, they have a large menu and you can get in and out fast. The food fine if you want to go to a restaurant but don't want to pay restaurant prices.

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