For me to be a regular at your bar or restaurant, a few things must be true.
- Outdoor seating. This is crucial.
- Craft beer. I’m not drinking Bud Light dude.
- Dynamic Menu. If I’m bringing friends, I want there to be something for everyone.
Alamo Street Eat Bar has all of the above and more. Situated at the corner of Alamo and Cesar Chavez (which I still call Durango St.) this spot is the gateway to Southtown and my go-to spot for a cold one after work.
As I mentioned previously, I like love need outdoor seating. Alamo Street Eat Bar gets the nod here because there is no indoor seating! (There is no indoors at all.) It’s like Sonic, but with craft beer and food trucks. During the summer this does create a little bit of a problem but thankfully the weather has finally starting to cool down. *knocks on wood*
The bar here doesn’t have nearly as big a selection as its sister property The Friendly Spot but I can always count on at least 2 or 3 great beers on tap (I’ve been sipping the Brooklyn Summer Ale as of late). A big plus here is that craft beer isn’t the only option; Micheladas and Dos XX are both served, which is I think a prerequisite for any and every bar in SA, as well as an assortment of wines.
Food options available at Alamo are plentiful. You can find anywhere between two and five food trucks there on any given day. Street tacos and elote from SAbores, amazing sandwiches and fried pickles I’d fight you for at Gypsy Diner and my all time favorite Berbere Ethiopian. If you’ve never had Ethiopian food, you are in for a treat. A spicy delicious treat. Choose lamb, chicken or beef meats paired with injera or pita bread (get the injera!) and a couple of sides, lentils, collard greens or split pea.
And those are just a few of my favorites; some days you can find Chinese, BBQ and other flavors parked around the bar. It’s always changing, which is one of my favorite parts about this place.
Another awesome perk, this is a great start and/or end point for First Fridays too! Right at the beginning of Alamo Street it’s an easy walk down to Blue Star and still serves food late into the night. You may even just end up spending a whole evening of First Friday there at the bar. There is a live DJ, local vendors and even live painting!
If you’re in Southtown looking for a bite and a beer, check out Alamo Street Eats. You’re likely to see me there (well, until I move to Hawai’i soon), so grab a drink and come say hi!