HOME > Chowhound > Chicago Area >
Are you making a specialty food? Get great advice
TELL US

TomTom Tamales

j
jimtak Nov 3, 2006 05:00 PM

Do these still exist? Back when I was a kid we used to buy these paper wrapped tamales at a snack bar under the IC tracks on 57th street. Red sauce, great masa, mystery meat core...

  1. a
    Adella Aug 12, 2008 01:15 AM

    The TomTom are definately in the frozen food section at the grocery store I was born and raised in Chicago around 18th and Damen I moved to south Alabama we can't get them here but I bought 20 frozen tamales while in Chicago a month ago and took them on a airplane home with me. I have one left and dreading them being gone. They are so good. eating them reminded me of home.

    1. cdkatuofc Feb 2, 2007 08:01 PM

      Hyde Park Gyros has em on their menu
      (1368 E 53rd St 60615)

      1. r
        Roses72 Jan 27, 2007 10:22 AM

        I grew up on Tom Tom Tamales and plan on taking a trip next month to get some. I was wondering if anyone knows the hours they are open and if you can still buy them in bulk. My father used to get them 100 at a time. Thank you

        1 Reply
        1. re: Roses72
          s
          swinney17 Feb 3, 2007 08:55 AM

          I know that they are open on Saturdays because my friend just brought me back some last weekend. I paid her $11.00 for a huge bag of them. I can't remember what she said they cost but I think it's less than .50 each. She bought dozens so you can still get them in large quantities.

        2. s
          stevef2222 Nov 13, 2006 07:03 PM

          thank you;-)

          1. s
            stevef2222 Nov 11, 2006 03:48 AM

            i'm out of state, does anyone have an address and phone number for tom tom tamales? thanks

            2 Replies
            1. re: stevef2222
              m
              myresha96 Nov 13, 2006 04:04 PM

              TOM TOM TAMALES AND BAKERY
              4750 S WASHTENAW AVE
              CHICAGO IL 60632
              TEL 773 523 5675

              1. re: myresha96
                t
                TRICKERY2GO Aug 30, 2007 12:11 PM

                I am from Chgo,and had relocated to Texas,have been looking for Tom Tom Tamales,, Thank you,I now have them Shipped Awesome Thanks

            2. abf005 Nov 3, 2006 06:09 PM

              I hear you! Maybe we oughta work out a swap, you send me a dozen JIB tacos and I'll mail you a box of TomToms or Supremo's!!

              1. abf005 Nov 3, 2006 05:30 PM

                As noted above, most area grocers have them.

                But the Red Hot Chicago hot dog stands tend to carry the TomTom brand. While most other places seem to have the Supremo brand which IMO are just about the same.

                Maybe they should be called Faux-amale's instead. Mushy cornmeal in a steamy paper wrapper! These things never really were tamales in the true sense, but they are tasty in the same depraved way that I still enjoy a Jack-in Box taco every now and then.

                1 Reply
                1. re: abf005
                  j
                  jimtak Nov 3, 2006 06:02 PM

                  Next time I'm out there, I'll have to look in the freezer case.
                  We've got all sorts of "real" tamales out here is California, and come Christmas time we get lots of home-made versions. And plenty of Central and South American renditions. But, as you say, its that memory/depravity...
                  and ten of a buck JiB tacos got me thru the empty pockets college daze.

                2. w
                  wineaux Nov 3, 2006 05:13 PM

                  Yes, they're still out there! Even Jewel & Dominick's sell them in the frozen section. As of a few years ago, you could go directly to the plant on the Southside and buy them in bulk.

                  Also, quite a few hot dog stands carry them and serve them plain or topped with chili.

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: wineaux
                    r
                    rubinow Jan 29, 2007 01:53 PM

                    What hot dog stands? Where? Do you mean carts?
                    That's something that bothers me about Chicago: no street vendors. I could totally eat a hot dog, but there aren't any outdoor vendors.

                    1. re: rubinow
                      a
                      amoncada Aug 30, 2007 12:28 PM

                      Hot dog stands and carts still exist all over the city.

                      I'm not a fan of TOM TOM tamales.

                      Try the tamales at La Casa Del Pueblo on Blue Island just south of 18th street. They melt in your mouth and are amazing!

                  Show Hidden Posts