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Dec 11, 2004 09:09 PM

Where are the best authentic tamales in Houston

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I would love some REALLY good pork tamales to have during the Christmas season. Some that are tasty but not too greasy. We used to have a woman who came to the hospital where I work to sell them, but I have not seen her in months.

I have seen ads for Alamo Tamale. Anybody eat them before?


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  1. Alamo Tamales are good. you just need to get the home made ones, not the cpeap ones they sell.

    Alos Robb walsh reviewed a place on the west side of town last year about this time that are supposed to be great. I have had several people tell me that they went to that place last year after the review.

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    1. re: John Scar

      Tamales Dona Tere was the place mentioned by Robb.

    2. Alamo Tamale & Taco, I had the same question about that place before. My friend's boyfriend has been there often and he said he loves it & it's great. The location he went to is on the Northside. Alamo Tamale & Taco: 809 Berry Rd/Houston, TX 77022 (713/692-6363). It's around Airline I believe, but I hear it's a hometown business. I also so saw it on the local news here in Houston one time. Good luck!!!
      Plus there are some churches that make tamales and sale them around this time of year. My coworker's Mother's church does this.

      1. People come from miles around (Spring,Katy, etc.)to pick up tamales from the "Tamale Man" on FM 2351 in Friendswood. He's being selling tamales at that location since 1976. He sells them from a truck that is parked there usually from about 10:00 a.m until about 7-7:30 p.m. Believe closed on Sunday.

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        1. re: Chris

          I like the tamale guy on 2351, his chili con queso is really good as well.

          1. re: jscarbor

            Husband had these last weekend and said they were pretty good. They are of the tex-mex variety with tend to be smaller then I'm use to.

        2. I don't know if any of you have eaten Tejano Salsa...I love the stuff. It's the one that uses heat ratings of "Texan Wannabe" (mild) up to "Native Texan" (hot). Well, it's made on Westpark, just east of Gessner.

          Anyways, I've noticed over the last couple months that they now advertise tamales.

          From their website (

          "New Product September 2004!!
          Tamales Henry's Way!
          Chicken, Pork or Beef Tamales
          Call 713.781.2370 and place your order.
          Pick up at our State-Approved commercial kitchen."

          Somebody try 'em and let me know! I would volunteer, but my wife has promised to kill me the next time I bring tamales home!!!

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          1. re: Jesse James

            I live across the street from the Tejano Salsa owners, so I got to be a "taste tester" for the tamales before they went to market.

            They're very good, and taste a lot like my mom's tamales, which is highest praise for a tamal! Don't expect any strange flavors or spices in these--they're straight up, Tex-Mex tamales. They're also handmade, which means that they don't have that weird, extruded texture that a lot of store-bought tamales have. I really appreciate that.

            If you don't want to buy them direct from the kitchen, try Spec's. They're supposed to be selling them, now.

          2. please you find out let me know too. i use to have a guy but i have not seem in months either but i can tell you don't go to berry hill to eat tamales there. lets just say not fit for my dog