Located in a non-descript strip shopping center, Dona Tere Tamales hits the spot. One member of my family is a tamale freak, and when I went home to visit I made sure the chowhound suggestion of Dona Tere was on the agenda.
Contrary to some postings on this board, they are located on Bellaire at Synott in a random strip shopping center alongside a cash-n-go place and a nail salon. There are bars on the wondows, and it does not look super inviting.
We ambled in after lunch one day so we could take a few (okay, a dozen!) home for dinner. First of all, they do not really speak English so there are some things you should know:
Red Sauce is milder than green sauce.
No, they do not make bean or spinach or veggie or other yuppie tamales.
Eat at least one tamale in the shop. Heaven.
The tamale freak rated them as the best homemade tamales eaten so far in Houston. In the shop we tried one pork with red sauce. (We had just eaten lunch, but we wished we'd waited for the tamales.) We took home some pork with red sauce, pork with green sauce, chicken with mole and cheese and jalapeno.
The masa is to die for, and none of the varieties were greasy. We had one vote for pork with red sauce because it is milder, and the other vote was for pork with green sauce. I am still trying to make up my mind. I guess I will just have to go back.
Dona Tere Tamales
13238 Bellaire Boulevard
Between Dairy Ashford and Eldridge in a strip shopping center on the NW corner of Synott
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except Sunday when I think they close at like 6 or something.
Run do not walk. You will not regret it.
Thanks to all the chowhounds who made me look like a Food Star on my visit back home.