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cazique Dec 21, 2011 11:27 AM

Looking to buy a couple dozen tamales and maybe some tortillas, to transport on Friday and serve Sunday. Would love to go to Nixtamal in Corona but don't think I'll be able to get there within their hours - anywhere open into the evening or first thing in the morning would be ideal. I can drive, but the closer to Cobble/Carroll area the better. Thanks for any recommendations and happy holidays, Hounds!

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    jeeg Dec 21, 2011 04:53 PM

    Boulangerie Lopez on 5th ave btw 18th and 19th has tamales-they open at 6am

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    La Boulangerie Lopez
    645 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    1. missmasala Dec 22, 2011 10:19 AM

      They make very good tamales at the F train bagel shop (or whatever it's called now) on smith and 9th street. They are big, but well-flavored and the masa is moist. Plus, since it's a bagel store, they open early. They also close early.

      You could try calling them to see if they would have as many as you need.

      A good option open later into the evening is the tamale/taco place on 5th and and 45 in sunset park. (or 46?--it's right below the salsa studio on the corner). I want to say Rico's, but I'm not sure it's called that. Anyway, they do a brisk tamale business and they are good. They also have the oaxacan tamales if you like those.

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      Line Bagels
      476 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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        carfreeinla Dec 22, 2011 05:45 PM

        Yes, Ricos Tacos. I have bought dozens at a time- they do ask that you call ahead and order them if you are buying in quantity.

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          Bookistan Dec 26, 2011 12:06 PM

          Just my 2 cents on tamales - I like the F train place and it's a great choice if you live nearby. My only issue is that they are a bit hot - a little heavy on the chiles. But they are big and moist and quite good! We ordered a dozen from the place on 45th and when all is said and done, I think those are the best in Brooklyn.

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            missmasala Dec 26, 2011 07:31 PM

            The fact that they are bit heavy on the chiles is, to me, one of the best things about the F train tamales. (also their size, in that one can make a meal, whereas with a regular tamale, one isn't enough but two is too many) But thanks for warning the OP, as not everyone wants hot tamales. Even if it's chilly today. ; )—I couldn't resist!

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            Line Bagels
            476 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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              panjuice Dec 26, 2011 08:36 PM

              We got them as gifts, two dozens .. Best ever!
              Love them hot so for us it was perfection ..

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