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Oakland: Unicos de Cuernavaca Tamal Shop - the best tamales in the Bay Area

rworange | Apr 28, 2009 09:12 PM

This was an apartment in a residential neighborhood that has been converted into a tamal shop. In the front room where you place your order at the counter, the table is piled high with corn husks. The back room has the stoves with huge tamale pots.

They sell tamales and only tamales. No sit down. Place an order at the counter and they go back and pull the tamales from the pots.

There are five types: Beef, pork, chicken, cheese, sweet (pineapple)

The are moist, flavorful and HUGE ... about the size of a burrito. The tender pork was in a medium spicy red sauce.

The pineapple were excellent, the tamal mixed with brown sugar.

One tamale is $2.25, but the price decreases as the order increases.

I've had one too many mediocre street tamales and am burnt out on them. However, when you see a place with huge banners proclaiming "The best tamales in the Bay Area. Home-made fresh daily" ... well, what are you going to do but break for tamales?

They re-heat beautifully but for optimal enjoyment, have one right out of the pot. Sit in your car or a bench and experience greatness.

I had other lunch plans, but tried a bit of both when I walked out of the store. So, so good. An audible 'wow' escaped from my lips. They just might be the best Mexican tamales in the Bay Area. I can't recall any better.

I've read that for over 15 years the owner has been selling tamales wholesale to cafes and restaurants.

Unicos de Cuernavaca
3831 International Blvd, Oakland, CA

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