Once upon a time, (and by that, I mean about fifteen years ago), we used to have a Hispanic lady who would come by our office every Tuesday with homemade tamales. She had pork, chicken and bean/vegetarian, (imagine me rolling my eyes here, please), and I think she sold them for $3/dozen. They came wrapped in foil and still warm from the steamer.
These were really good tamales. I would usually eat three or four immediately with a drop or two of the homemade hot sauce that they tied up in the corner of a baggie like some illicit contraband.
Then one Tuesday she shows up and I buy my usual dozen. For whatever reason, I didn't have any immediately, but broke 'em out when I got home that evening.
Of the dozen tamales, ten were all masa and two had a slight dribble of refried beans inside of them.
Needless to say, I never saw her again.
And so, in my long-winded way, To The Point:
Does anyone know where I can obtain real, homemade style pork tamales? I want them fresh from the steamer and if perfect, will leave a red rivulet of grease running down my forearm.
For my part, the best I've had lately, (and it's been a year or so), is Luna's on Westpark at Alief Clodine west of Highway 6. But some years ago they started healthifying them up and i just don't get the same shaving-hours-off-of-my-life-with-every-bite satisfaction that I used to get from the cheating door-to-door lady's offerings.
So how about it, Chowhounds? What I really, really want is the name and number of your abuelita. Assuming you can't, (or won't!) do that, I'll take any commercially produced version you are prepared to toss at me with my promise to praise (or curse!) your suggestion in this very forum.