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Xmas = Tamale Time. Picks?

teamkitty Dec 14, 2013 05:04 PM

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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    stepawayfromthetable RE: teamkitty Dec 14, 2013 09:04 PM

    I really like La Loma's.

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      shoo bee doo RE: teamkitty Dec 14, 2013 11:11 PM

      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. mtullius RE: teamkitty Dec 15, 2013 05:23 PM

        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.

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          JimGrinsfelder RE: teamkitty Dec 16, 2013 02:09 PM

          Maya....most tender tamale in town.

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            teamkitty RE: JimGrinsfelder Dec 18, 2013 04:55 AM

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

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            shanemio RE: teamkitty Dec 27, 2013 02:33 AM

            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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              ibew292 RE: shanemio Dec 27, 2013 03:21 PM

              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.

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                shanemio RE: ibew292 Jan 11, 2014 06:27 AM

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

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              LocalFoodLust RE: teamkitty Dec 27, 2013 09:32 AM

              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.

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                shoo bee doo RE: teamkitty Dec 27, 2013 05:24 PM

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

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