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Oct 4, 2001 10:27 AM

Tamales in Houston?

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Any ideas? Inside the Loop if possible.


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  1. Try TX Tamale Company at 3340 Fountainview between 59 and Richmond. 713-953-1181. They sell tamale only, frozen or fresh. Closed on Sundays. I used to just pop by and pick up a few for the road.

    (There's another location that I haven't been to at 8841 Knight Rd.)

    Hope this helps!

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    1. re: HLing

      I will second TX Tamale Co. (love their black bean tamales). Used to pick them all the time on the way home from work.

      Great thing is that sell them in stores frozen and it is almost the same, but nothing is better than picking them up at their Fountainview location.

    2. You should definitely try one of Berryhill's several locations. I'm partial to the bean and beef tamales personally. The Westheimer location is my favorite; they also do pretty good fish tacos.

      The tamales are also available frozen to take home. All you have to do is steam them when you are ready. They work great for parties and keep well.


      1. Berryhills is a yuppie hole. I've never tried H-Ling's recommendation, but I will.

        We always get our X-mas tamales at a place in the Heights called Mexicatessen. I can't remember the street, but they are in the phone book (I have to look it up every December). They are worth the trip.

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        1. re: LazyMF

          Hi LazyMF!

          Just saw your post about Dumpling King....Sad. There's a shortage of Tea-Smoked Duck in this world!

          As for Tamales, the best ones I've had in Houston were the ones that came to my door on weekend mornings: Home made, fresh, and sincere. I have no way of finding those people (probably one of my neighbors)ahead of time. It's just random, spontaneous chow. (I lived in those apartments called Westpark Gardens, next to that huge weekend flea market)

          Hope to hear good news re: tamales..

          1. re: LazyMF

            So what's the deal on Berryhill tamales (this question is not just for LazyMF or RussellH, neither of whom posts anymore, I think).

            I was reading the eater.houston interview with the owner of Berryhill's and realized I'd never had the tamales. Walter Berryhill was a famous street vendor in Houston back in the 30s and 40s who sold tamales and they supposedly have his recipe, but they're known more for fish tacos. I first learned of Walter Berryhill from Robb Walsh's Tex Mex Cookbook.

            I've only been once, fish tacos are not my thing and the vibe was a little too much like Chili's or Joe's Crab Shack for me.

            Anybody had their tamales?

            1. re: brucesw

              A couple of years ago a friend recommended Berryhill tamales to me so I thought I'd try them. Personally I didn't care for them or anything else I sampled. I've never been back. The margaritas were ok.

              1. re: tlegray

                I see where Berryhill brags they do not use lard! Something tells me that's not the way Walter would have done it. I'm going to have to try them.

                I love tamales.

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            1. A few other Chowhounders and I did a tamal run a while back and we all agreed that Alamo Taco & Tamales were the absolute best.

              And we're not the only ones that think so.

              Witness these reviews:


              1. re: Jaymes

                Alamo tamales are very good. I like the spicy ones better then the non-spicy. I also like Dona Tere tamales wrapped in banana leaves. Their Mex tamales aren't as good as Alamo in my opinion. I keep threatening to make them myself but they are allot of work and Alamo is just a few miles from my home.

                1. re: tlegray

                  Alamo are the best I've ever had, if you get the limited supply of hand-made ones instead of the machine extruded. I'm not that fond of Dona Tere because of the ratio of masa to filling. After Alamo, my favorite tamales in town are the Salvadoran tamales at La Roca. They also make Mexican tamales for many carnicerias around the area that are very good.

                  1. re: brucesw

                    I'll have to try La Roca. I don't buy tamales very often my Aunt makes them so that's where I get my fix. I keep saying I'm going to make them and well so far it hasn't happened.

                    My experience at Dona Tere wasn't like yours. We did try several kinds and only liked the Salvadorean (they were the only ones wrapped in banana leaves) We haven't been back though. I guess that says something

                    I've also had the tamales at Hugo's they were very good but they were fish. My family makes pork, green chili & cheese, bean & cheese, and the sweet ones with raisins (not my favorite).

                    1. re: tlegray

                      Yes, I would like to order a dozen pork and a dozen green chili and cheese, please.

                      Let me know when I should come by and pick them up.



                      1. re: DoobieWah

                        lol well family lives in CA. My aunt's hyper so will make just a few dozen just because she's bored. I fly back every 2-3 months so I get my fix then. I have made them before but not in awhile and I should even if it's just a few dozen, so I don't lose the touch, but it still hasn't happened.

            2. Central Market, on the warmer shelves next to the fresh sandwich section. also, guadalupano on dunlavy.