~10 years ago I had a wonderful tamale lunch in Ann Arbor. Much later I attempted return to the restaurant, but could not remember the name or location. Sigh ...
Today; I took a random route home from the dentist. On southbound Mound Road, just north of Chicago Road, I caught a glimpse of Pilar's Tamales. Eureka! But in Warren? Yup.
Owned and run by the son of the woman running the original Ann Arbor restaurant.
BIG kitchen, very small dining room. Two tables. One counter. Twelve chairs. Why the BIG kitchen? They use it make the tamales that they sell at Eastern Mkt and many of the farmers' markets. The dining room & take-out is simply ancillary business.
Three tamales for $10. I tried to order one of the plantain tamales, but they were frozen. Rather than keep me waiting, it was offered as a gift to cook at home.
If you like tamales and happen to be in the area, Pilar's is worthy of a stop.