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2007/08/01 17:06:35 (permalink)

Tamales

I don't see a topic here on tamales, so....
I used to love the hand made tamales I'd pick up at the local tamale "factories" in Santa Fe. It's not easy making tamales, so fresh ones from the actual makers were just great. And of course genuine tamales HAVE to be made with pork (although I will eat shredded beef too). Just a plate of fresh tamales with some red chile sauce was heaven.
I now live in North Carolina, so I send off to Ol'Gringo's Chile for red sauce (and green sauce too) http://www.olgringo.com/
and pour it over tamales ordered from Pedro's Tamales http://www.pedrosmarket.com/
Yum yum Almost like being in New Mexico.
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    ncmike1
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/01 17:12:24 (permalink)
    Y'all will have to forgive me. I'm new here, and didn't realize until now that there are *9* pages on Mexican food, and there already is a topic on tamales. Oh well...greenhorn. LOL
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/01 17:23:19 (permalink)
    lol Mike.. Welcome to Roadfood.. A fresh and new topic is always a nice change of pace... Thanks for your report there... Keep 'em coming!

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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/01 17:30:06 (permalink)
    I used to enjoy Pedro's Tamales when I lived in Dallas... bought them at the grocery store and scarfed them up at the Texas State Fair (among other goodies)... I miss having them in the freezer...
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/01 17:34:54 (permalink)
    At the State Fair of Texas they always have Pedro's and Ruth's tamales. I always get some of each. I always like the Ruth's better. Am I the only one here to have had Ruth's tamales?
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/01 18:13:03 (permalink)
    ten bucks a dozen is pretty cheap. How much is the shipping to NC?
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/01 18:32:53 (permalink)
    WHOA!!!
    It's $24.95!!! But that's if you order 1 dozen or 5 dozen...same price, they say because in the summer they have to send it FedEx overnight delivery.
    I usually wait until they have a special which they usually notify me by email. For instance, they might have 4 dozen for $30 instead of $40, and I've never bought them in the Summer, so this delivery price surprised me too.
    It's also been over a year since I've ordered from them, so their prices may have gone up since then...or I may have ordered during the Winter and avoided overnight delivery.
    You REALLY have to have a craving for that price. Wish I still lived in Santa Fe. Oh well....
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/01 18:39:21 (permalink)
    I was trying to find Ruth's Tamales online and couldn't, (to see if they are any cheaper).
    Does anybody know if they ship from online?
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/01 19:06:19 (permalink)
    I was just doing the same thing. Looks like Ruth's is not set up for online sales but you could call em. It's just a local Dallas kinda place. 214-631-4442 or 214-352-2752 is inside Smokey Johns. 8$ a dozen.

    Ruth's makes a great spicy garlic sausage also.

    They might ship their stuff from one of the locations? Oh, get the pork tamales!

    You can always make a trip to the State Fair of Texas. You can get the tamales and the sausage there.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/01 19:10:49 (permalink)
    85 bucks for five dozen, I think that works out to about $1.40 each. I pay $2.00 at Henpeck Market, but they're large, and perfectly made, the best I've ever found.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/02 10:32:24 (permalink)

    When we lived in SoCal there were always pick-up truck venders on some of the rural desert roads (High Desert) selling home-made Tamales (pork-beef-chicken) out of steaming pots. Several of my students would make money for the family by working these 'booths' on the weekend. My only experience with Tamales prior to that was with the Hormel canned examples...which set a very LOW standard for judging Tamale Quality. After eating some of those wonderful 'home-made' versions, I have a taste for the Real Thing.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/02 10:56:13 (permalink)
    I remember living in San Diego very close to San Ysidro and on weekends this family wouldcome around the neighborhood and sell tamales form big coolers. The price was ridiculously low and the tamales were exceptional. I now live in Austin and while there are some good tamales around I miss those ones from San Diego.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/02 11:14:11 (permalink)
    Here in Dallas, we have many good tamale choices in both, restaurants and markets.
    However, the very best tamales are the ones that are sold by "venders" walking the shopping streets carrying large chests of fresh home made tamales for $1.00 each. They stop at all the stores selling tamales to workers and customers.
    All are home made that day. Delicioso!

    PS, haven't seen these "venders" lately. I think the city cracked down on them. Pity!
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/02 12:02:37 (permalink)
    Yes Twin, sad but I think you are right about the crackdown. Who else makes a good tamale in Dallas?

    I also love those big fat New Mexico tamales. Anyone know... what are the best one like that to order online?
    Joe
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/02 12:04:04 (permalink)
    Knoxville has only one good source of tamales that is Mary's on Magnolia. Mary who is deceased moved here from Mississippi and brought their recipe with them from the Delta region where tamales are everywhere. They have been doing tamales in Knoxville for many years and when Mary died a few years back, she left the business to her sister who had been there with her the entire time.

    They also serve chili and it is very good so I hear. I do not do chili with beans.

    Real good tamales are hard to come by but Mary's is ver very good.

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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/03 11:43:18 (permalink)
    Here in the East Bay city of Hayward you can always get above average tamales from the Trucks,restaurants,markets they are all over. But the best I have ever had were made by some Mexican nuns down at the Portuguese Catholic church. They were doing it to raise money for poor children in Mexico and they were so fresh and excellent, Pork and Chicken, you could call them Heavenly, you could taste the secret ingredient Love.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/03 17:02:09 (permalink)
    There are several places here in San Antonio area that sell tamales.In fact Delicious Tamales has a couple of stores where you can by their product.I believe they have a website.
    There is also Rudy's Tamales and several others here in town.
    I have made the fresh corn tamales once,which were easy and pretty good.May try to make them again .
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/07 23:27:30 (permalink)
    I have enjoyed Pasquales Tamales in Helena, AR a few times while attending the King Biscuit Blues Festival.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/08 00:12:35 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by PapaJoe8

    Yes Twin, sad but I think you are right about the crackdown. Who else makes a good tamale in Dallas?

    I also love those big fat New Mexico tamales. Anyone know... what are the best one like that to order online?
    Joe


    PapaJoe, in Dallas try "La Popular Tamale House" on Mungar. Take out only.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/08/08 15:55:55 (permalink)
    Thanks Twin! I will, and I'll give my review. Might be a while but I'll get there.
    Joe
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    RE: Tamales 2007/09/12 02:13:33 (permalink)
    Hey Folks,

    New guy here. I'm curious. Seems like everyone here loves tamales and no one is making them. Interstate delivery sure doesn't seem equitable or timely when you want a tamale.....I think I'll go to the fridge and get one now.

    Dang, they're good.

    Bud
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    RE: Tamales 2007/09/18 16:09:46 (permalink)
    I think the best tamales in Houston, and there are a lot of tamales in Houston, are the pork tamales with red chile sauce at Berryhill's on Westheimer. Lots of meat and the sauce is perfect. Their original fish tacos and their mint lemonade are also superb. Of course, the best lemonade is the melon lemonade at the original Irma's.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/11/08 11:20:17 (permalink)
    That's three just today. I know of at least four other unpaid advertisements this slug has posted on Roadfood.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/11/08 11:34:16 (permalink)
    Michael, Roadtested does live in Natchez, or so his profile says. Time will tell I guess.

    Twin, I tried La Popular. I got the pork, nothin special I thought, and 9$ a dozen. I might try the beef w/ jalapenos next. They didn't have beef and pork combo. They do have some of the best hot sauce I ever tasted. They have a small place you can eat in.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/11/08 11:43:09 (permalink)
    He was locked out under another ID a few days ago...for the Ads for the place he claims to own in Natchez. If you see a post for the place notify a moderator, please. He is "gone" again.
    AL
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    RE: Tamales 2007/11/08 11:43:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by PapaJoe8

    Michael, Roadtested does live in Natchez, or so his profile says. Time will tell I guess.


    I know. He's also posted that he owns that tamale place.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/11/08 11:47:27 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    He was locked out under another ID a few days ago...for the Ads for the place he claims to own in Natchez. If you see a post for the place notify a moderator, please. He is "gone" again.
    AL

    Check out the last post on Your Favorite Pizza Places thread.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/11/08 11:49:22 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    That's three just today. I know of at least four other unpaid advertisements this slug has posted on Roadfood.



    What Slug we talking about?
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    RE: Tamales 2007/11/08 12:07:45 (permalink)
    How many out there have made tamales? I did once a few years ago and it took all afternoon - by the time I finished I decided that whatever tamale makers charged was well worth it.
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    RE: Tamales 2007/11/08 13:46:30 (permalink)
    Michael, I saw John Walch on TV this AM. I think you 2 need to join forces. This is ment as a complament. You are always good at snifin out tha bad guys.

    Bailly, I agree, they are way tooo much trouble to make.
    Joe
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