CAN'T BUY A TAMALE IN PENSACOLA, BUT GOING TO DALLAS FOR CHRISTMAS!
In almost any town in the South you can find a tamale stand, but none around the Pensacola. Fl area. I've been craving the real deal and these are probably on every corner in the Dallas Area. We'll be staying in Plano and would like to bring some back home and need to find some really good ones by the dozen. Nothing gourmet, just good old tamales. I used to get them a couple of years back in Houston for about $7-9/Dz. Any help would be appreciated
I third the recommendation for La Popular. They tend to do an extremely brisk business around Christmas, so you might need to order in advance - this probably applies to many tamale places. I usually call La Popular a few days in advance and reserve mine. The green sauce is killer.
Also, it sounds wacky, but Central Market grocery stores have pretty good tamales. I forget who their supplier is, but supposedly it's some place held fairly high in Chowhound esteem.
Plano Tortilla Factory aka Aparicios would be the most convenient. Personally I like the ones at Escondidos down by Parkland. You would have to call ahead, and it is quite a trek. You might go by Aparicio's, eat some, and see what you think.
La Popular Tamales
5004 Columbia at Munger
Dallas, TX 75214
$10/Dozen, pork (no beans) is my favorite
I personally love Central Market's tamales. Dallas Tortilla & Tamale Factory's are pretty good, too.
Since no one cared to send you the links here you go!
Aparicios in Plano
Dallas Tortilla & Tamale Factory
A Branch of Dallas Tortilla & Tamale Factory...not sure why they have a different website
Hot Damn Tamales - Fort Worth
La Popular Tamales.....I think the link is down
Luna's did have a website but they have been moved out of their historic location close to downtown to make way for the development around the new Stars and Mavericks area (AAC). I don't approve of that decision but I guess all the yuppies who need nice new things and a new sports arena, do. Order early though for Christmas...like now!
I got good news for you! I just started selling beef tamales in Pensacola. I'm selling them for $7 per dozen. I will even deliver for a small fee. Let me know how many dozens you would like to order and I can make them fresh for you. You can call (432) 599-1713 to order.
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