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Jonesin' for a red-chile pork tamale in Albuquerque

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I'm heading to Albuquerque in August for a wedding. Where, oh where can I find the red-chile pork tamale of my dreams?

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  1. My favorite tamale in Albuquerque is from Los Cuates.

    Also good are Dos Amigos, Padilla's, Mary & Tito's(best red chile I've had in Albuquerque), Perea's, and Sadie's.

    Fair to poor are Casa de Benavidez, El Charritos, and Ortega's(worst).

    That's just rating the tamales. Probably have had tamales from other places, but they must not have made much of an impression good or bad 'cause I can't remember them.

    1. El Modelo, El Modelo, El Modelo. *grin*

      Chimayo Joe, I didn't realize Mary & Tito's had tamales - I know their red is the BEST, so I'll have to try one next time I'm there. Thanks for the tip!

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      1. re: tenacity

        It's possible my memory might be playing tricks on me, but I think I had a combination plate that had an enchilada, a taco, and a tamale from Mary & Tito's. Or maybe added a tamale from the ala carte section of the menu. I only make it to Albuquerque once or twice a year and try to order a cheese enchilada and tamale my first visit to a NM restaurant--3 of the 4 places I went that trip were first timers including M&T's, so I could be misremembering. My most vivid memory of M&T's is the excellent red chile. I've only been there once, but I'm sure I'll be back.

        Guess I need to get to El Modelo sometime, too.

        1. re: Chimayo Joe

          best tamales are at Sadies. That's the only thing I get there. YUMMY!