While in college (too many years ago to actually count), a friend and I saw this new place on San Pedro. It called itself the Alamo Cafe, and we gave it a try. Warm chips and salsa, freshly made tortillas, creamy guacamole, tasty queso, and great fajitas made it a favorite place to go; the portions were generous and the food was that good.
And today, there are two Alamo Cafes: the larger one located out on 281, and the I-10 location. And both still serve warm chips and salsa, freshly made tortillas, creamy guacamole, tasty queso, and great fajitas, plus much more. These days, I prefer the I-10 location, near which I used to live. I visit pretty much every time I am out in the Medical Center area.
I often hear the Alamo Cafe mentioned in conjunction with chicken fried steak. And yes, Alamo Cafe serves a great one.
The chicken fried steak is very large. The steak is good quality and is pounded thin. The breading is well-seasoned and sticks to the meat, and the whole thing is crispy and beefy and tender and tastes like it should. The gravy has a good meat flavor; it’s not just cooked flour, like it is in many restaurants. Served with a choice of potato and some pretty good green beans, this is a winning plate. A (largish) garden salad can be added for an extra charge, but the plate alone is more than filling.
My favorite is still the beef fajitas. I usually order the beef fajita taco plate, which comes with rice and beans, and I get the small queso with it.
The fajitas, marinated and grilled to a juicy perfection, the really good guacamole and the fresh tortillas all add up to some tasty tacos. The beans and rice are just average, but overall it’s a good plate.