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El General Mar 6, 2007 11:43 AM

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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    Brian Lindauer RE: El General Mar 6, 2007 12:04 PM

    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.

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      achtungpv RE: El General Mar 6, 2007 12:18 PM

      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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        cstrombe RE: achtungpv Mar 7, 2007 04:16 AM

        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. MPH RE: El General Mar 6, 2007 01:05 PM

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


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



        1. catarata RE: El General Mar 6, 2007 02:40 PM

          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.

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