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Bites Nearby: Mexican Restaurant in North Paulding Not Exciting

Paulding is inundated with Mexican restaurants; La Bamba is not one of the best, says our restaurant reviewer.

An overwhelming number of Mexican restaurants are available in Paulding County. Another option has opened in the northeast corner of the county, . La Bamba restaurants are franchised, so the food should be consistent with any previous that you might have visited. Advertising as “always fresh, always friendly,” our local La Bamba Mexican Bar & Grill was very friendly. We were promptly greeted and seated without a wait. The dining room is clean and airy with high ceilings and spacious area. Whereas in other Mexican local restaurants, the dining room has been cramped and loud, La Bamba was just the opposite. A large full bar is separated by a wall from the dining room, which controls some noise.

Our server, Daniel, quickly brought salsa and chips, standard at most Mexican restaurants, while asking for our drink order. Along with our drinks, we ordered the usual cheese dip, which was brought to us within three to four minutes. The dip was a bit disappointing. It was bland and only warm, not smoking hot, as preferred. The tortilla chips were not served warm and did not taste as fresh as other local establishments. After scanning the much too large six-page menu, we ordered chimichanga fajitas and flautas verdes (a La Bamba specialty entrée). The entrees were quickly prepared and brought to the table about 10 minutes after ordering. Entrees were hot and as ethically pleasing. My husband’s chimichanga steak fajitas were overcooked, making the steak very tough. He had asked for “medium” when ordering. The Falutas Verdes was shredded chicken rolled in flour tortillas and lightly fried. Served with Mexican rice, beans, lettuce, pico de gallo and sour cream—it was too much food. The tortillas were lightly fried and were satisfying; however, the beans and rice were only warm. The pico de gallo and lettuce tasted fresh.

All standard Mexican entrees are on the menu, including quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, tacos and combination dinners. Most entrees cost $8.25 to $12. A small vegetarian and a kid’s menu are available. Chocolate chimichanga, sopapillas, churros and flan are the dessert offerings. Daily drink specials are offered; however, I cannot find anything making La Bamba more special over any of the other Mexican restaurants throughout the county. Although the dining room was more spacious, the food was not tantalizingly delicious. I would say this particular business is below average for the county. Establishments such as or , as previously profiled, are better choices.

 

La Bamba Mexican Bar & Grill

2538 Cedarcrest Rd., Acworth

770-529-0404

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Reservations not needed

To-go menu available

The day we visited, all major credit cards were listed on the door as accepted; however, upon receiving the check for our dinner, we were told due to a computer problem, they would not accept credit cards.

J. A. F. August 05, 2011 at 03:15 AM
We have eaten at La Bamba's and think their food is very good, plentiful, and a good variety. Their Sunday buffet is sometimes repetitive but the trays are filled often and interestingly. As for the rating on a scale of 1 to 10 compared to other Mexican restaurants, I would give La Bamba an 8. La Parilla in the same area is noisy and the staff not as friendly or efficient. Didn't like Los Maguey's at all, and Huey Luie's just so-so. Guess it's a personal preference.
Angie Woodall August 05, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Really, a critique for food that cost $8-$12.00
Terri k August 23, 2011 at 06:47 AM
Wow, this review is written as if the place just opened. It's been there for two years. I pretty much agree with the first commenter on all points and have found the staff to be extremely friendly as well. I'll be eating there this weekend. It's their two year anniversary celebration, 50% off food! With a family of four, what a deal!
Kat August 26, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Just like the one in New Georgia. I don't like either one!

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