“A trip to this year-old flea market is like going to a Mexican street market … except you don’t need to buy a passport, get frisked by security and hop on a plane to get there,” says rworange about the Richmond Flea Market. There is pretty much everything your heart desires, especially if what your heart desires is Mexican street food. Also, if your heart desires parakeets, tires, lingerie, power tools, or computer-controlled tamale pots, you’ll dig it.
There are taco trucks. There are fish tacos. There is Café Allegra, which sells meat on a stick, spaghetti, pozole, birria, and menudo. There are fresh fruit drinks. There are whole coconuts. And there are excellent chicanos, which are sort of like fresh-made Mexican Cheetos, but without the nasty preservatives and with a strong chile-lime coating.
There’s a Don Pandos churro cart—$1.50 for long, hot churros rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
Admission to this market is free on Saturdays. On Sundays, kids and seniors are still free; others must pay a whole dollar to get in.
It is, explains rworange, “located just off 580 on the Richmond Parkway in a location even God would abandon. It is next to an auto parts lot with a fence of old truck trailers and cars. In the not too far distance are the Richmond refineries.”