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ncmike1
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Tamales - Wed, 08/1/07 5:06 PM
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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.

ncmike1
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RE: Tamales - Wed, 08/1/07 5:12 PM
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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 - Wed, 08/1/07 5:23 PM
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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 - Wed, 08/1/07 5:30 PM
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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 - Wed, 08/1/07 5:34 PM
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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?
joe

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RE: Tamales - Wed, 08/1/07 6:13 PM
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ten bucks a dozen is pretty cheap. How much is the shipping to NC?

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RE: Tamales - Wed, 08/1/07 6:32 PM
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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 - Wed, 08/1/07 6:39 PM
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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 - Wed, 08/1/07 7:06 PM
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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.
Joe

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RE: Tamales - Wed, 08/1/07 7:10 PM
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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 - Thu, 08/2/07 10:32 AM
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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 - Thu, 08/2/07 10:56 AM
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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 - Thu, 08/2/07 11:14 AM
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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 - Thu, 08/2/07 12:02 PM
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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 - Thu, 08/2/07 12:04 PM
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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.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: Tamales - Fri, 08/3/07 11:43 AM
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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 - Fri, 08/3/07 5:02 PM
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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 - Tue, 08/7/07 11:27 PM
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I have enjoyed Pasquales Tamales in Helena, AR a few times while attending the King Biscuit Blues Festival.

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RE: Tamales - Wed, 08/8/07 12:12 AM
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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 - Wed, 08/8/07 3:55 PM
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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 - Wed, 09/12/07 2:13 AM
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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 - Tue, 09/18/07 4:09 PM
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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 - Thu, 11/8/07 11:20 AM
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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 - Thu, 11/8/07 11:34 AM
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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.
Joe

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RE: Tamales - Thu, 11/8/07 11:43 AM
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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 - Thu, 11/8/07 11:43 AM
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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.

Michael Hoffman
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RE: Tamales - Thu, 11/8/07 11:47 AM
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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 - Thu, 11/8/07 11:49 AM
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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 - Thu, 11/8/07 12:07 PM
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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 - Thu, 11/8/07 1:46 PM
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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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RE: Tamales - Thu, 11/8/07 1:52 PM
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Funny thing is I went to Fat Mama's Tamales about 8 years ago.
They were recommended in my "Let's Go USA" book. Which was my "bible" post college and which I have continued to refer to on occasion for the last 20 years.

I remember ordering the Tamales, "Knock You Naked" Margherita, and the Peanut Butter Pie. There was only one restaurant back then, now it appears there are two. It wasn't bad if I recall

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 11/12/07 9:14 PM
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I love tamales and reading this made me hungry for some so I googled tamales in the NOVA area and read good things about Teocalli Tamale so I stopped by and bought three of their pork and three cheese. I must say that these things are HUGE! I ate one pork and although the filling was excellent, I was disappointed with the tamale overall as it was very dry. I froze the rest and haven't tried the cheese ones yet.

The best tamales I've ever had were from Doris' Hot Tamales in D'iberville, MS. It's a little stand in the middle of an old neighborhood just over the bridge north of the Imperial Palace Casino. It's been there for over 50 years and I was thrilled to see they reopened after the storm. When I go down there this year, I'm going to bring back at least five dozen!

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 02/18/08 2:32 PM
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Twin, did you see my comment back on page one about La popular. Have you tried the jalapeno beef? I do love their fresh made hot sauce. And, have you, or anyone, tried the tamales at Fiesta crocery, just down the street? I love the tacos from their deli, not the stand inside. Maybe their tamales are good to?

Allota questions I know.
Joe

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 02/18/08 3:01 PM
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Picked up an Emril cook book at a thrift store(worth a buck). He had his kicked up atmale' receipe in it.
Hmmmm! Ok how can we snazz these up? He mixes the seasoned meat and onions it with thetamale' dough and rolls it in the corn husk. Sounds like latino scrapple!
britt

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RE: Tamales - Tue, 02/19/08 10:30 AM
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I love tamales and the ladies at my church are making them in early April and I will attend so I can learn how to make them.