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Fav at Alamo Drafthouse?

Sometimes you go places for the chow...sometimes you are going to go someplace anyway, and want to eat the best thing while you are there. In that spirit, this is a survey: what (if anything) on the menu would you recommend at Alamo Drafthouse?

Personally, I like their popcorn--the last time I went to the Village Drafthouse, I got popcorn in a metal bowl. (which made me feel like I was a teenager watching movies at a friend's house.) I also like the sangria, which is fairly sweet.

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  1. the $5 milkshake is quite good.

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    1. re: Madcap

      if you think that's good, you should try the Guiness milkshake. Holy cow, are those fantastic!

    2. It's amazing to me how different the food & menu is at each location. The Lakeline menu is very limited. I like the Village the best. The Asian Bat wings were really good!

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      1. re: amykragan

        Lakeline is not part of the official Alamo chain.

      2. I usually go the South Lamar location, and I like their pizza a lot. The crust is crispy and chewy, and the toppings are tasty.

        The milkshakes are great, too. I love the candied sunflower seeds they top them with.

        I haven't tried their new housemade veggie burger yet, but I want to soon, but I haven't really been impressed with their other sandwiches.

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        1. re: chrischris

          I had their house-made black bean burger recently, and it tasted like...well, smooshed up black beans on a bun. Not bad, but not very exciting, either. And not at all meat-like.

        2. We go there at least twice a month. My favorite, look up the war that happened here about a year ago when they took it off the menu, is the poultry-geist pizza (chicken pesto pizza). I personally think Alamo has one of the better pizzas in town.

          I also think the green chile is quite good on a cold day. Green chile fries are good but messy in the dark.

          The guinness milkshake is crazy-good, but very heavy. I don't like the candied sunflower seeds so I always ask sans.

          The steak sandwich has gone both ways, good and bad, and is very difficult to eat. Agree with chrischris that they've never really impressed me.

          I've heard the fried pickles are the best, but I can never convince hubby to order them with me.

          1. The milkshakes, for sure (I usually get vanilla with malt). Also good are the bat wings, the burger with bleu cheese & buffalo sauce, the Asian chicken salad, the fried pickles, and their pizzas...sometimes. The puerco guisada is pretty decent and one of the better deals on the menu, I think.

            1. I really enjoy the Wild at Artichoke Hearts pizza with a side of tomato sauce to dip slices into.

              I also like the bleu cheese burger, which in a dark room amounts to playing with fire. I generally wrap the bottom in a napkin to make sure I don't have hot sauce dripping on me.

              1. I'm a huge fan of the Bat Wings, I was so happy when they made them a regular item.
                At the Lake Creek location (which is a franchise, but still good and with some quite different special events) I love the turkey wrap.
                I like the pizza okay, but the crust tends to get very dry and tough as it cools off. I never get to finish the pizza happy.
                I've had the steak sandwich both good and bad. When it's good it's AWESOME and when it's bad it is just terrible.
                The popcorn as well, when it's good it's GREAT, and when it's bad, with little bits of unpopped/burnt pieces, it's just god awful.
                I've been quite pleased with the brunch, especially the scones and the French Toast.
                What else . . . the iced coffee (cold brewed) is quite good and I've never been disappointed with that. The burgers are good and I've never been disappointed with the fries.
                A note to anyone getting the friend pickles: they're spears, not chips. If that makes a difference to you (and it makes a HUGE difference to me) be warned.

                1. I like the Constant Gardener sandwich, and the Molten Chocolate Cake (with ice cream) for dessert.

                  1. I like the Puerco Guisada, which is quite tasty and surprisingly inexpensive.

                    1. i rarely eat burgers but find it's my go-to dish here (the bleu cheese and hot sauce one, mmmmm).
                      the guinness shake is also delicious but i find that is pretty much as filling as a meal.
                      the pizzas are good, but i tend to get them only when they are on special (i forget which day has the pizza and movie ticket special).

                      usually, i like the movie-themed specials they have on the menu and wish they would do at least one for each major blockbuster-type film.

                      1. I'm not usually impressed with Alamo's general menu - however, their food for the special occasion feasts is always amazing. I remember the oscar party specials form last year at the village particularly fondly.

                        If I'm just going on a regular night, I stick with the goat cheese salad - it seems to be less hit or miss than the other dishes. It's pretty hard to mess-up fried goat cheese and greens.

                        1. I am at the point in my life where I will only go see a movie at an Alamo Drafthouse location. I can't stand the traditional movie experience anymore. So whether the location is part of the original owner's chain or the franchise, I don't really care because there's always beer and there is never a slew of dumb Coca-cola commercials for the first 45 minutes of the film. As for the food, any time I've strayed from my go to items, I have been disappointed. We both like the 'Enter The Dragon' pizza. Most of the sandwiches are overly bready to me -- I would recommend skipping them. The safest best is to order a pizza -- it is hard to screw that up. If you get disappointing food, just remember the benefits of being able to drink a beer and order another one. :)

                          1. Based on this thread, I went to the Village Drafthouse today even though Lake Creek is closer. The Asian Bat Wings were excellent. My entree was the Puerco Guisada. It was so good! It was a bowl of spicy stew. Since you can't see it in the dark you have only your mouth to tell you what's happening. There wasn't anything hard or gross in the bites to make you hesitate. It came with three flour tortillas wrapped in foil. It was just right. For dessert I shared a Guinness Milkshake with my companion. It was another winner. It wasn't fizzy like you might think it would be. It was a thick milkshake and came with the fattest straw I've ever seen. I don't believe it was just beer and vanilla milkshake. It seemed like it had something else like maybe amaretto flavoring. I'm probably wrong. I'm going to have all these things again but I saw other things I'm curious about like fish tacos and Green Chile Mac n Cheese.

                            1. i like the hot wings. They come with ranch. Since I'm no fan of ranch, I always substitute blue cheese for the ranch. Its ok blue cheese, about average for blue cheese.

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                              1. re: TroyTempest

                                By the way, you can go half and half (hot and bat) if you ask nicely...