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Good Tamales?

by Joni Lemke » Fri May 10, 2019 11:13 pm

I'm a sucker for a great tamale, but I haven't had any good ones in the Lou. I have to assume I'm not asking for them at the right places, so I thought I'd ask for recommendations. Does anyone know of a killer tamale in town?

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Re: Good Tamales?

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Re: Good Tamales?

by Carla G » Mon May 13, 2019 6:29 am

I’m only guessing (because it’s been awhile since I’ve been there) but El Mariachi would be a good place to try. Everything else there is very authentic.
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Re: Good Tamales?

by Robin Garr » Mon May 13, 2019 9:24 am

I just came here to say that. :)
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Re: Good Tamales?

by Robin Garr » Mon May 13, 2019 9:26 am

For what it's worth, I swooned in print over the Oaxacan-style tamale at La Lupita in Clarksville. It's a little different from the Mexican tamale, but worth a try:

After inhaling crisp chips and delicious house-made salsa, we loaded the table with both Oaxacan specialties – Tlacoyos ($3.25) and an Oaxacan chicken tamale ($2.75) – and more familiar Mexican goodies – a fantastic chiles relleños ($9.99) and a pair of tacos, one Mexican-style ($2.75) and one norteameriano ($3). It was all so good that I ate it all, failing in my usual abstemious practice of bringing some home in a box for lunch another day.

The tamale was amazing. Oaxacan tamales aren’t cylindrical but flat and rectangular, wrapped not in corn husks but big, green banana leaves that have been rubbed with oil to soften. Within was a thin layer of reddish-brown masa, colored and flavored with chile peppers, surrounding a big mound of shredded chicken mixed with an intensely savory dark mole sauce. The flavor was subtle and complex, spicy but not fiery, absolutely delicious.
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Re: Good Tamales?

by Steve Eslinger » Mon May 13, 2019 12:02 pm

Another vote for La Lupita. They have a couple of different styles, but I really like the Oaxacan style.

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