On 23rd and Clinton, nestled between La Raza Market and El Peso Americano, there is a lady selling tamales on week-end mornings.
At 10:15 she was almost sold out. When she lifts the lid of the insulated picnic cooler, the fresh corn aroma enticingly and warmly embraces you.
There was only pollo. The tamale was rich and moist with lard, with a hot green-chile filling. The pieces of white and dark chicken had a deep brothy flavor.
All this goodness for $1.50. No English spoken.
I stopped elsewhere for my cup of organic, free-trade, love-them-song-birdies coffee. On a cold, rainy morning it was an excellent Easter breakfast.
The coffee cost more than the tamale.
Also, at about 1:30 in the afternoon at the Catholic church on MacDonald near Caspar's, there are all sorts of vendors selling after mass. I haven't stopped yet, just drove by. Today I noticed someone selling bags of chopped fruit with chile powder being sprinkled on it. There were some picnic coolers dispensing something or another and some sort of beverages. In the past, speeding by, I only noticed the cotton candy and fried pork products.
I'll have to try that church out some Sunday. I was passing just as mass let out and the sound of mariachis drifted out of the church.
Tamale rankings to date
TACUBAYA Tamal de Veduras - $3.
RINCON LATINO - chicken - $1.50 (only for being a more consistent source)
WEEK-END TAMALE LADY (23RD & Clinton) chicken - $1.50
CAFÉ EURO Chicken - $1.25
CASA LATINO - Chicken Verde - $1.95
TACUBAYA Pork Tamal - $3.95
TRES HERMANAS Pork - $1.50
VALLEY PRODUCE chicken - $1.39
MI TIERRA FOODS chicken - $1.25
TACUBAYA Tamal Dulce $3.50
FONDA chicken - $6.00
EL TAZAMEL Chicken - $2.11
PUP HUT chicken - $1.50
HACIENDA beef - $4.99