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michla Dec 10, 2007 08:34 AM

After living in Houston for many years, I became accustomed to the tradition of tamales at Christmas time. I know I can order them from various sources in Texas but they all ask for a large minimum order. Is there a place in the greater Boston area to buy tamales? Thank you.

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  1. gini RE: michla Dec 10, 2007 09:09 AM

    I like the tamales at Taqueria La Mexicana in Union Square, Somerville quite a bit:

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      yumyum RE: gini Dec 10, 2007 09:30 AM

      Second that, and they freeze well also so you can keep a few in the freezer for instant hangover remedy.

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        litchick RE: yumyum Dec 11, 2007 11:41 AM

        Third! They're terrific!

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      chowfamily RE: michla Dec 10, 2007 09:35 AM

      This is probably tamale heresy, but we returned from a trip to Texas with a craving for tamales. We stumbled upon some cheese tamales in the freezer compartment at Trader Joes, took a chance, and were glad we did. They helped with the craving, but I am not sure they would satisfy Christmas tradition expectations. Just wanted to let you know they were there.

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        yumyum RE: chowfamily Dec 10, 2007 09:56 AM

        I like those too and they are really easy to reheat in the microwave. But the ones at the Taqueria are better IMO.

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          chowfamily RE: yumyum Dec 10, 2007 10:04 AM

          I can't wait to try the Taqueria. I was really happy to read that recommendation.

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            yumyum RE: chowfamily Dec 10, 2007 10:22 AM

            It's one of my favorite places around. The only thing they don't do well (in my experience) is the Torta. For that treat, head down Somerville Ave to Tacos Lupita. But the combo plates, especially those with chiles rellenos, are great and the nachos topped with carnitas are a totally guilty pleasure for me.

            Edited to add a link to their menu:

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              chowfamily RE: yumyum Dec 14, 2007 12:44 PM

              Yum..I love chiles rellenos - thanks again.

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          kobuta RE: chowfamily Dec 10, 2007 11:04 AM

          I'll third this opinion. Trader Joe's Tex-Mex line overall is quite tasty, and a fair option considering the local scene. They make great and quick lunches for the office, when I'm too lazy to make anything.

        3. finlero RE: michla Dec 10, 2007 10:51 AM

          Overall, I'm not an especially big fan of Tu y Yo in Somerville (food is actually quite decent, but the quality-to-price ratio is outside my threshold of acceptability), but their tamale appetizer plate is one of the better items I've had there.

          The tamales are definitely on the fancy side, and made in more of a Southern Mexican style than you may be used to, but they are quite good. Wrapped in banana leaves, you get an assortment of plain corn, chicken, coconut, pork, and fish. $11 for a set of five is in keeping with the annoying pricing for the rest of the items on the menu.

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            vinovino RE: michla Dec 11, 2007 10:32 AM

            I too miss my christmas tamales. The one at Boca Grande in Coolidge corner are great, but very different that the TexMex one's I grew up on.

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              emilief RE: michla Dec 11, 2007 11:05 AM

              There is a small Mexican place run by a mexican woman near MGH on Cambridge Street- mostly takeout- but I also noticed they will cater. Not sure how good their tamales are- I like them but I am no tamale afficianado. It is Villa mexico in the Grumpy's gas station across Cambridge street from Finagle a Bagel.They are lovely people and make their own chourizo, salsa etc. If you give them a call or stop by and try their tamales they will probably prepare a whole bunch for you.

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                shraquel RE: michla Dec 11, 2007 08:11 PM

                You are pretty much up a creek for Texas-style Mexican tamales round these parts, I'm afraid. Get your Texan friends to bring you some when they visit, along with reasonable tortillas and fresh masa.

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                  fredid RE: shraquel Dec 12, 2007 03:50 AM

                  The beloved Angela's has homemade tortillas that are great - Call and ask Luis (her son) about whether you can buy them in "bulk" (or do they lose their greatness on the way home?), as well as tamales, masa.....

                  Angela's Cafe
                  131 Lexington St, Boston, MA 02128

                2. The Chowhound Team RE: michla Dec 13, 2007 10:13 AM

                  We've moved a discussion about mail-ordered tamales to the General Chowhounding Topics board, where the info will be useful to hounds everywhere. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/469142 Please help us keep this discussion focused on the chow that's unique to the Boston area. Thanks.

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