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Dec 10, 2013 12:34 PM

Tamales for Christmas?

Any ideas for where to order or take out for home consumption? I'm in Princeton, and I've bought them from the Mexican store in the Trenton Farmers Market, but she only has them on Fridays.

I'm always interested in restaurants that have great tamales on the menu too. I've tried Guatemalan and Mexican--love them both!

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  1. Have you been to La Costeñita in Hillsborough? It should be worth checking out.

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    1. re: BrianYarvin

      I had forgotten about La Costeñita! I've been meaning to try it for awhile. Thanks.

      1. re: beastca

        We went to La Costeñita for lunch,and it was great! Picaditas with chicken in chipotle sauce was nicely picante and smoky. Will definitely return to try more of their menu. They do "fiesta platters" of all kinds of things,including tamales: chicken, pork, seafood, and sweet ones, some in corn husks and others in banana leaves.

    2. Our TJ's has three kinds--chicken/green chile, veg and pork--but maybe because we are in New Mexico.

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      1. re: sandiasingh

        I've tried the frozen tamales at our TJ's and they're pretty good, but I was hoping for fresh homemade. Does the TJ's in NM carry homemade?

        1. re: beastca

          I believe I read in the Flyer that they are. Williams-Sonoma also has NM made tamales but it might be a little late.

          1. re: sandiasingh

            Our Williams-Sonoma definitely doesn't carry tamales. So envious of your culinary choices. Love the food in NM!

            1. re: beastca

              I think W-S only does mail order on the tamales, but I believe they are made at one of the pueblos here. We order ours from pueblo friends every year, handmade by all the ladies--elders and young ones. Nothing like it!

      2. Ask someone that you know who is from Guatemala or Mexico . My husband had a couple guys who worked for him from both countries and they always knew where to get good authentic homemade tamales even if they did not make them themselves. Most of the time they came from someone who makes and sells them from their home kitchen. I strongly prefer the Guatemalan ones.

        1. At least 2 Trader Joe's stores in NNJ carry handmade FRESH tamales (3 kinds...veg, pork/red sauce, and...and...I think it was chicken). My good friend who's a culinary school grad and a v serious home cook RAVES about them. I just bought a pkg--10 for $10. Haven't tried them yet, but he's rather trustworthy!

          1. Thanks all for the suggestions. I've arranged to get my tamales this year from my friend's sister-in-law (from Guatemala), who makes them at home and will deliver them on Christmas Eve.