BBQ Crawl stop ten – The Alamo in Richmond (again!)

We enjoyed the Alamo BBQ in Richmond so much the first time around, we wanted to stop in again so we could try their tacos, which another guest had told us were awesome.


So we left Raleigh around 11 am (at no point on this trip did we manage to get moving in the morning at a decent hour), and got to Richmond around 2 pm or so.  We ordered four tacos – one each with chicken, sausage, brisket, and blackened tilapia.  The aforementioned guest had said their fish tacos were awesome, and I would have to agree!  It was saucy and spicy, tender and delicious, with a wonderful contrast of texture from the slaw (which they called black bean relish, but which really seemed like a very tasty cole slaw with a little black beans).  The chicken was really tender and juicy, and had a nice spice to it as well.  The sausage was simply fantastic, with a wonderful smokiness and a great snap, which went along really well with the crunch of the slaw and tortilla.  The brisket was tender and smoky as well, but I think as a taco, it needed a little more spiciness.

BBQ Tacos at The Alamo in Richmond, VA. From left to right, Blackened Tilapia, Chicken, Sausage, and Brisket. All were fantastic, but the Tilapia and Sausage were the best.

BBQ Tacos at The Alamo in Richmond, VA. From left to right, Blackened Tilapia, Chicken, Sausage, and Brisket. All were fantastic, but the Tilapia and Sausage were the best.

The flour tortillas the tacos were made from were absolutely awesome!  They grill them on a flat top, so they get a crusty, crispy brown, and as they are doing that, they somehow manage to fold them into a “U”-shape with a flattened bottom, which makes the tacos stand up easily and hold on to their contents really well.

My favorites were the sausage and the fish, both of which were absolutely awesome!  We also revisited their jalapeño mac and cheese, which was super creamy and just the right amount of spicy, and their mashed potatoes, which must have roasted garlic in them, because they are probably the most garlicky mashed potatoes I’ve ever eaten.

The Alamo was definitely worth a second visit, but I kinda wish we had a chance to go for a third visit, because we never got to try the quesadillas, the burritos, or the Alamo Cuban, all of which sound absolutely awesome.  I guess we’ll have to take a road trip – after all, Richmond is only 3 hours from Baltimore!  And with gas prices falling, and with The Alamo’s cheap prices (the tacos are only $3.50!  Three freakin fifty!!!  They could charge ten bucks a piece and I would still get them), the whole trip won’t even cost you twenty bucks.

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