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Where is the best place to buy Tamales by the dozen in Austin? I moved back about 7 months ago, and I am jonesing for good tamales. I am of the opinion that most Tex Mex places serve substandard tamale entrees, so I usually by them by the dozen at some place and make my own tamale's plate.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Unfortunately, the best way is probably to know someone who knows someone who makes and sells tamales. (In my case the mother of my father's co-worker or something like that.) Curra's sells their tamales by the dozen. They're different from the norm -- fluffy, with a slightly sweeter than usual masa. I like these on occasion, though the greasy dense pork type are still my favorite.

    1. Oaxacan Tamaleo on Anderson. The best ever. Not Tex-Mex mind you and rather pricey...over $20 for a dozen but man are they worth it.

      I would actually just make a trip to San Antonio to Ruben's and pick up about 6 dozen and freeze them.

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      1. re: achtungpv

        Yes, I was going to say the best tamales in Austin are about 80 miles south of here. Ruben's are good, but I really like the pork tamales at Adelita.

        San Antonio tamales are worth the trip.

      2. Did you see this thread from last fall on the best tamales in Austin?

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/344443

        There is a similar one about tamales in San Antonio, over on the Texas board:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/343734

        Best,
        MPH

        1. My favorite tamales are at El Zunzal on East 7th. These are Central American style tamales, not Tex-Mex style, but they are absolutely delicious.