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The Alamo restaurant - a mixed review

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The Alamo restaurant - a mixed review

foodiejudy | Feb 7, 2005 10:00 PM

Went to the Alamo restaurant, a Tex-Mex place with some authentic Central American dishes (like pupusas) on Kenilworth Avenue in College Park. The restaurant has been around for about 50 years and has a large list of tequilas. A good way to approach the tequilas, if one is unfamiliar with them, is to order one of the flights of three kinds. They also have an impressive list of beers, including Dos Equis Amber (not often seen).

On to the goods and bads. First the positive things: The pupusas, particularly the cheese and pork ones, are very good, grease-free and comforting, accompanied by a refreshing "slaw" of vinegared cabbage and carrots. The aforementioned tequilas and beers are also good. The chips and salsa that they serve are also very tasty, the chips crunchy and the salsa spicy and homemade tasting. And the Sopa de Mariscos, a soup of mussels, scallops, lobster and shrimp in a broth, while comforting, needed a bunch of Tabasco sauce (odd that this place only had Tabasco, and not other hot sauces, like the Austin Grill does) to liven it up and add more flavor.

Now, on to a couple of less positive notes: My husband wanted an extra-dry Martini and he had to send it back three times before it came back extra dry (I guess one should never order a Martini in a Mexican restaurant). Also, the steak in my husband's steak fajitas consisted of 2/3 fat.

Otherwise, we thought it was an ok restaurant.

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