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Any Tamales in the Greater New Haven Area? In Connecticut?

Where, oh where, can I get tamales around here?

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  1. If you don't mind heading to Middletown, you'll find them at Iguanas Ranas across from It's Only Natural Market in the North End (next to Pho Mai).

    Menus posted here:
    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/48/147761...

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    Pho Mai
    570 Main ST, Middletown, CT 06457

    It's Only Natural Market
    575 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      Oh, I think I will find an excuse to go to Middletown. Yes.

    2. In New Haven, you should try
      Guadalupe la Pollanito
      El Tapatio
      El Amigo Felix.
      If you want to go further afield (and less authentic) you could sample
      Su Casa, Branford. (Tamales in their combo platter)
      Cuckoo's Nest, Old Saybrook (Beef Tamales only)

      ---and here are some possibles that I have not been to, but have received good reviews---
      Salsa, Milford
      El Torero, West Haven (their menu lists tamales)
      Taqueria Mexicana, West Haven

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      Taqueria Mexicana
      702 Boston Post Rd, West Haven, CT 06516

      El Amigo Felix
      8 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06511

      El Tapatio
      214 Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 06513

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      1. re: DonShirer

        I know people adore Guadalupe's, but they are so flaky about their hours that I pretty much gave up on them. Seemed I only had a fifty-fifty chance of them actually being open, even during the hours that they posted.

        I don't think I know El Tapatio. Will certainly give them a try.

        And El Amigo Felix? Don't think I've been there for twenty years. I didn't like their food or management at all, back then. But I guess a lot could have changed in two decades.

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        El Amigo Felix
        8 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06511

        El Tapatio
        214 Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 06513

        1. re: Pipenta

          I agree with you about Guadalupe's-- what's happened to them? I've stopped going. They can't stay in business much longer.

          1. re: Pipenta

            Ditto on Guadalupe's. Last 2 times we went over there, closed dead as a doornail but the sign said open. The people who have done Thali and Thali too will be opening some sort of Mexican restaurant in January, on College St. (per a waiter at Thali Too).

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            Thali
            87 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840

            Thali Too
            65 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511

        2. Second on the Iguana in Middletown....A little further north and east, El mariachi Loco in Manchester makes a great tamale as well

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          1. re: BiscuitBoy

            I am very fond of the tamale in the banana leaf at El Mariachi Loco in Manchester.

          2. Mi Rancho on Fairfield ave in bridgeport has really good Mexican style tamales.

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            Mi Rancho
            2754 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605

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            1. re: mrporkbelly

              I popped in there for the first time the other day and was a little turned off since it seemed a bit dirty and lots of items were premade and on a steam table....is the food really good?

            2. Taquería Mexicana in Wallingford is hands down the best, most authentic place for tamales in all of Connecticut. The owner is from Michoacån, a region of Mexico which sends a lot of very hard working ambitious folk to our area. They have brought their ancient, indigenous food traditions with them north, and we are the stunned, jaw dropping, drooling beneficiaries. Michoacán is known in particular for a succulent style of stewed pork, "carnitas." Venganse!

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              1. re: oyana

                Can't speak for the tamales at Taqueria Mexico in Wallingford but I will find any excuse to stop there anywhere between Middletown and New Haven. The burrittos are great especially the chirizzo and the corchinta peril. Pardon the spelling. And they are a steal at $5.50 each.

              2. A little late to this post, but there is a tamale truck that parks in West Haven near the entrance to 95 (northbound) - I can't remember the exact location, but it's north of 95, between the entrances on Campbell Ave. and rte. 10, near a gas station. I will bet this is worth tracking down regardless though.

                1. My husband just had a pork tamale last weekend at Rancheros and really liked it. He orders them whenever they are available and is usually disappointed. Not this time. They were on a specials board not on the regular menu, so you might want to check beforehand. Tiny little place behind some of the shops on the green in Guilford. No liquor license but good food and nice people!

                  1. I'm embarking on making my own. I've got fresh green husks for wrapping. Going to do one batch with lard and another batch with shortening. If this doesn't bring me to my knees, I'll be able to evaluate what I like about the dough for further tweaking. Plan to steam them in a pressure cooker. Filling will include huitlacoche. One batch with chilis, one batch mild. So four types: regular mild, regular hot, veggie mild, veggie hot.

                    I wonder if I can wrap them one day and steam them the next?

                    WISH ME LUCK!

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                    1. re: Pipenta

                      Cool, and ambitious. You may want to make a couple simple salsas to accompany them - maybe a mild avocado salsa and one with a little heat, maybe with chiles de arbol. Buena suerte!