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The Best Tamales

tomatoworship Oct 15, 2012 07:41 PM

Coming into Old Town to stay Nov.6th-12th. I'm in charge of bringing tamales to a large party. Chicken or pork will work. Any suggestions on where to get them?

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    wanker Oct 15, 2012 08:02 PM

    Las Quatro Milpas in the Barrio Logan. Only open for lunch.

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    1. re: wanker
      wanker Oct 16, 2012 07:55 AM

      Make that... Las Cuatro Milpas.

      1. re: wanker
        Fake Name Oct 16, 2012 03:30 PM

        I have breakfast there (nearly) every Monday morning at 0830. If you're looking for takeout, the line slows a little after 9.

        But I believe they're all beef.

      2. SaltyRaisins Oct 15, 2012 09:02 PM

        Tamales Ancira in Chula Vista. You'll need a car iffen the order isn't large enough for delivery.

        Buen provecho!

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          Beach Chick Oct 16, 2012 03:42 AM

          El Indio in Old Town has some decent tamales...shield guard up for flame throwers.
          Costco has them..
          Tamales Ancira has them for about $1+ a tamales...about 30 minutes drive time from Old Town.
          Las Cuatro Milpas is an excellent call but could be pricey for large group.
          They make excellent cheese and Chile tamales for non meat eaters, which you will be a hero to some in your group.

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            SaltyRaisins Oct 16, 2012 08:14 AM

            +1 for Chick Rec...sidekick Salty is locked and loaded.

            I usually take a large amount home to SB for the holidays. They sell uncooked frozen (the Aztecs knew the tamal was the original ideal freezer food), and remind me exactly of the type an old Californiana Auntie used to make, down to the single black olive in each. I like to steam them, and then eat them.

            El Indio tips: it's fine if you get there before 9am and stick to their breakfast burritos, tamales or happen to be there when the tortilla oven is rolling for a free one off the presses. Don't worry people, the rest of the menu and "experience" is dead to me, too.


            1. re: SaltyRaisins
              Beach Chick Oct 16, 2012 08:31 AM

              Sidekick Salty is locked and loaded...love love love that!
              Plus, I got the 'wanker' as back up.

              ; - )

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            ikeg Oct 16, 2012 11:34 AM

            We usually hit up Tamales Betty whenever my wife is craving tamales. I won't say they're the best in SD, but I haven't found any better ones so far. They used to be located in Barrio Logan but moved to Chula Vista a couple of years ago.

            Tamales Betty
            226 Broadway
            Chula Vista, CA 91910
            (619) 565-2244

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