Tamales, Huaraches in San Diego
- kare_raisu Sep 15, 2006 01:28 AM
Has anyone found any especially great tamales in the greater SD area? Interesting variations?
ate some awesome tamales at a party, they were takeout from a place in la jolla called "porkyland"
i haven't been back there but have heard that it's the place to go
They aren't the most fabulous tamales in the world, but they're servicable and pretty good for the price, $1.00. There is a tamale cart on El Cajon around 37th or 35th - somewhere in the mid 30s as cross streets go - that is in front of a liquor store on the North side of El Cajon. IIRC, they had cheese and rajas, chicken, pork and pina.
I can vouch for the cheese/raja and pork tamales as being rather tasty.
When we don't have time to cook, tamales from that "tamale lady" on El Cajon and 35th are a good bet. I believe they are home-made, and they are ten times easier to buy than to make yourself.
We also like the Central American tamales at El Salvador Pupuseria on Univeristy Ave.
But I would love to hear some new suggestions.
Is this the tamale cart that is often by the door of North Park Produce? She does a good job ... I don't know what the ones wrapped in banana leaves are called but they're grrrreat. I always pick up a couple after shopping there - and (off topic) everyone should shop there, what a great market!
Tamales at El Porvenir- near the bridge to Coronado
Hurraches in El Cajon, on Bradley- SeñorTaquito
Not traditional, but an interesting variation is available at Bahia Don Bravo in La Jolla/Bird Rock on LJ blvd. It served open faced and toped with a decent enchilada sauce. The beef is tender and the masa is usually pretty good. It scratches my Tamale itch, when I don't fell like heading south.
I've gotten good ones at a stand in Golden Hill, at 25th (I think) and Broadway. Across from the Turf Club.