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Jan 8, 2011 09:07 PM

Tamales 24/7

Dropped in at Duffin's Donuts (41 Ave/Knight St) early evening today. I noticed they now have a few varieties of tamales at the counter ($3 each). I'm not a tamale fan myself so I only opted for a banh mi (Vietnamese sub) and a boston cream donut and a cup of joe .

Hey Duffin's is no foodie destination but gotta love their donuts. But where else in town can you get burgers, donuts, Viet subs, hot tortas, pupusas, fried chicken and now tamales 24/7 ???

Anyway, for those of you who are tamale enthusiasts, maybe it's worth a try.

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  1. I haven't been to Duffin's in ages (and the last one I went to was the now-closed one on Main). The tamales are worth a shot...this is Chowhound after all.

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    1. re: fmed

      One thing good about Duffin's is their constant volumes of customers, hence I trust their food turnover is acceptably high. I don't like their Chinese hot food side as the offerings are greasy, heavy and lacking substantial tastes (and that side closes at 7pm). The fried chicken is nothing to write home about, although if I were there at 3am and I had to, it's better than nothing.

      Yeah the Main St. store was more my hangout since it's way closer to me, but it truly was a hole-in-wall environment.

      Vancouver needs more 24-hour quick eats joints (not fast food chains) like Duffin's that offer good & cheap food variety.

    2. You gotta have the tortas at Duffins!

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      1. re: ck1234

        Love tortas! Do you know offhand what varieties are available? Lengua?

        1. re: Tinfoilhat

          I don't recall them having lengua. But their machaca is definitely my favourite.

          1. re: Tinfoilhat

            I don't think they have Lengua either. I always order the Machaca too, though I've had the chicken and the chorizo & egg too (breakfast). Some have Asian twists like teryaki chicken. They're only around $5 or so.

          2. re: ck1234

            I only have only had the tortas there. I didn't like the look of their other offerings.

            1. re: fmed

              Those are tortas I was talking about. That's all I eat there too but they have a huge menu. Like LR said, they have pupusas too which I will try next time I stop by there.

              1. re: ck1234

                Their banh mi's are ok if I can't go to a nearest Viet sub place to get one. Not perfect, but good 'nuff at late hours :-)

          3. how are their pupusas?

            i remember the main location. use to like the chorizo egg torta's. i think it was $3 back then. and the portion are generous.
            would like to see them make cambodian food rather than mexican, honestly. and definitely not chinese food.