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Xmas = Tamale Time. Picks?

Myself, I like more traditional meat tamales and Homi does these well. But Hortensia at Homi in St. Paul is also whipping up more Mexico City style variants including chocolate, coconut and strawberry.
What are other Chowhounds' favorite holiday tamale places?

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    1. I love the Oaxaca-style tamales at the Fireroast Cafe in South Minneapolis. I discovered them at the Midtown Farmers Market a few years ago. I have no idea who makes these tamales.

      This year I bought the frozen Oaxacan tamales from La Loma and liked these as well.

      1. My go-to is Hilda's on Payne Ave., but that's mostly because they're so close to home and work. Used to be affiliated with La Loma; tamales still mighty good.

          1. re: JimGrinsfelder

            Thanks to both of you. I am so NOT making them.

          2. Oh late to the party, but have to totally recommend the green chicken tamales at Cinco de Mayo Grocer. They also have a red pork and some kind of sweet hideous thing I tried and tossed. I am in love with the green chicken and at $1.50 they are HUGE and a STEAL. Make Lomas look like the total rip-off they are...

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            1. re: shanemio

              They used to be great, but last time there was way to much Masa. Did the correct that. I want them to be great and they have been in the past.

              1. re: ibew292

                Sorry to hear that...not my recent experience. Still better and cheaper than La Loma IMHO.

            2. Love La Loma! An added bonus (and perhaps why they aren't as cheap) is that they use local ingredients when possible. For instance they purchased a substantial amt of of tomatillos from a cooperative of latino farmers in Long Prairie.

              1. No one said anything about whether they like tamales made with lard better or not. Opinions?