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May 8, 2012 09:57 AM

[DTW] Tamales

We've got a visitor in from New Zealand who wants tamales. Is there any restaurant that regularly offers more than just a basic pork tamale? I seem to recall that even Evie's, which I haven't been to for years, and can't find an online menu for, only had one or two types available.

And if we're stuck with just basic pork, any suggestions?

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  1. I suggest you contact Carnival Mkt in Pontiac ... to see what they have available.

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    1. re: rainsux

      Second for Carnival Market. I live right down the street, best tamale I've had.

    2. Ordinary Mexican tamales, necessarily, or might the (fatter, softer) Central American ones do? Pollo Chapin (Guatemalan) has great chicken tamales, and Pupusería y Restaurante Salvadoreño has chicken, pork, and the curious corn ones. In all cases, refer to Y*lp for photos.

      Evie's sells just the pork on a grab & go basis, but you can also get chicken, shredded beef and a sweet dried fruit & minced nut version from them if you phone ahead.

      E & L sells prepared tamales at their butcher counter. I assume them to be pork, but you could phone and ask. And I think Honey Bee sells tamales also. And also La Gloria as I recall, though it's been a while since I've been in there.

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      1. re: ak994

        +1 on Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno and Pollo Chapin. I much prefer the Central American style tamales to Mexican style, and both of these restaurants do a good job.