Richmond Eats sizzles up Salvadorian/Mexican fusion downtown

Richmond Eats sizzles up Salvadorian/Mexican fusion downtown
All photos by Kathy Chouteau.

By Kathy Chouteau

Tucked away on a little lot in downtown Richmond is an El Salvadorian/Mexican fusion oasis where the food is tasty, the service is friendly and the convenience can’t be beat.

Richmond Eats, located across from CoBiz, serves up a menu of nachos, tacos, burritos, pupusas, tamales, quesadillas, breakfast offerings, champurrados and more from a food truck and tents situated on an outdoor lot in the heart of downtown Richmond.

The business has grown from its humble beginnings as a food stand on a rented lot 1.5 years ago by Armando and Blanca Lara and their daughter Mariana Salinas. Today, Richmond Eats is flourishing, as evidenced by its food truck and multiple tents, including one with tables/seating. For those looking to get a bite going to/from the Richmond BART, CoBiz, or any other downtown destination, this location is your spot for fast and convenient service.

The Standard visited the eatery for a pupusa recently, which came with herb-infused coleslaw without mayo and hot sauce on the side. The pupusa was warm, oozy and delicious, while the coleslaw was an unexpected delight, packed with more flavor than what’s been experienced elsewhere.

Armando said, “We mix it up,” when it comes to the eatery’s menu of Salvadorian and Mexican specialties and that the pupusas and combos de pollos are the most popular dishes.

Richmond Eats is located at 1508 Macdonald Ave. in downtown Richmond and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Call to order ahead by contacting 510-776-2511.