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Taking the Train Pt. 2... Mama's Hot Tamales...

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Taking the Train Pt. 2... Mama's Hot Tamales...

Dommy! | May 15, 2005 03:38 PM

Even though they were starting to feel a bit full after Grand Central, the hounds, continued on their Grand Train Tour and found themselves at the McArtuhur Park stop facing Langers… BUT after my scouting trip had discovered the kitchen of Mama’s hot Tamales closed after 2:30pm, we had to fight the call of that luscious pastrami and head over to Mama’s first… we were not sad for long…

At Mama’s we were all seated in the grand table. We ordered a plate of six tamales, for all of us to sample. Now, for those that have not heard of this absolutely WONDERFUL place, it features Tamales from all around Mexico and the WORLD!! A tamale lovers paradise I call it and VERY cheap for being rather large! $2.50 per (With two you got yourself a great meal!) The ones we tried were….

Beef in Pasilla Chile Sauce, smokey and SPICY sauce. Lots of wonderfully stewed beef. Chicken Black Mole, wrapped in banana leaf, mole just oozing from every corner, rich, complex, SO good!. Beef with carrots and olives, very typical corn wrapped beefy tamale, Chicken Tamale made with rice/corn masa, a very different type of tamale, but a HUGE hit at the Table. Tamale with Mushrooms, Spinach and Cheese, this is what in Merida we called the poor man’s or lazy tamale, when you would mix the veggies (in our cases a spinach like leaf called chaya) right into the masa and then steam… This was my favorite of the sampler… And finally a Tamale with cheese and Jalapeno. Very simple, but the Jalapeno gave it enough of a kick to make me want to polish it off all myself…

The tamales were all wonderful, but another thing Mama does so well is its beverages. They have one of the BEST versions of Horchata in the city. Fresh made, light with just enough of a cinnamon and nutty flavor… And although it was a hot day, we all enjoyed their Champurado, rich, smooth and chocolately. Again, one of the absolute best I’ve tried…

Were tempted by their three types of sweet Tamales, but the call of Langers once again hit us strong… And off we were up the street to the home of the legendary Pastrami…

--Dommy!

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