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“Remember El Alamo...for Being Awfully Inconsistent”
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El Alamo
Ranked #490 of 723 Restaurants in Aurora
Cuisines: Mexican
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Crestline, California
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67 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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“Remember El Alamo...for Being Awfully Inconsistent”
Reviewed September 6, 2010

El Alamo has a lot of promise but just does not deliver. The good things about it are good but the bad things about it are too terrible for me to ever bother giving it a second chance.

The menu is certainly diverse as El Alamo offers both Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. However, the bad starts off with a clueless wait staff that doesn't even know its own menu nor the difference between a Tequila Sunrise and a Tequila Sunset.

Almost always the harbinger of things to come at any Mexican restaurant, the chips and salsa perfectly encapsulate the problem with El Alamo. The salsa itself was good -- the usual "soupy" style found in Colorado. The problem was the chips. They were the most awful tortilla chips that either my sweetie and I had ever had the displeasure of eating. They dissolved in the mouth into a nasty paste rather than retaining their crunch.

The remainder of the meal was just as inconsistent. The quality of the meats was good (especially the shrimp) but the spicing and sauces were bland. This place also served up rice that tasted more like the old Van de Kamp's Spanish rice that came in a can rather than something made fresh in the kitchen. The tortillas tasted like they came of the special "expired yesterday" rack at Albertson's.

Add all of that along with a very bland interior and it was a night of dining that I considered to be a complete waste. I stopped at a 7-Eleven afterward to get a snack just to get the taste of their awful rice out of my mouth. There are much better authentic and Americanized Mexican food places in Aurora and the greater Denver area to ever want to think about trying El Alamo again.

Yes, I will remember El Alamo in Aurora...just about as fondly as Davey Crockett would The Alamo in San Antonio.

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austin, texas
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“What a pleasant surpise!”
Reviewed June 25, 2008

I was skeptical b/c there was hardly anyone there for lunch, and the menu was a generic Mexican restaurant type menu. But the food was awesome. I am from Texas, and very picky! The smothered tamales were extra special. Good, fresh salsa from home grown tomatoes.

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