Best Tamales in town?

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Tim Weaver
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Want to pick up some tamales to bring home for tomorrow's dinner so that we can focus on cooking for Thanksgiving. Where do you think has the best?
MoreCushing4thePushing
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AG
I can't vouch for them, but I believe there was an earlier thread asking the same thing, and the majority answer was Jesse's Taqueria and Bakery in Bryan.
halibut sinclair
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Tio Tamale is the best. He's doing Sunday pick up only right now, though.
rptsAg03
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Jesse's are truly delicious- but, as someone raised on darn good authentic tamales, the HEB delicatessen ones are surprisingly tasty! Grabbed them on a whim one time, opened a can of charro beans and made a batch of Mexican rice. That was a satisfying dinner.
TulaneAg
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We tried Casa Rods last week to see if we might want to make a Christmas order and they were pretty darn good.
Hornbeck
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Jose's are pretty good, imho
MsDoubleD81
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Bump to see if anyone has more input? Thought about asking my cleaning lady if she knows anyone, but not sure if that's appropriate!
Aggies76
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Agree on H-E-B tamales. They are surprisingly good.
halibut sinclair
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Texas Tamale Company in the cloth bag are good in a pinch.
farmersfight
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second for Tio Tamale. he's on FB and instagram
MsDoubleD81
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I went to HEB today. $10 for 5 HEB tamales or the other brand??
Aggies76
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We like the Mi Tienda brand. That's HEB's brand. I don't think they are that expensive. Not sure about the others.
MsDoubleD81
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I was in a hurry and quickly picked these up and didn't realize there are only 5 in the package until I got home They are terrible!! Blehhhh!!
Aggies76
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Oh no! We have not tried those. The Mi Tienda pork tamales come 12 in a package.
histag10
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Noe's Kitchen on hwy 6 about half way to Hearne (attached to the Valero) has pretty decent tamales. They are on the smaller side, but are 12 for $12.

If you have never eaten there, all of their food is really good
FlyRod
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Have not had them in some time but I recall Jesse's having them, and they were mighty good.

Edit: sorry missed the earlier post mentioning Jesse's.

Also now I really miss Saenz Tamales.
Mathguy64
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Between Saenz and Gina's there were some good places that just disappeared.
AgProgrammer
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My favorite store bought tamales are the ones that Kroger sells in the ready to cook "meals" section.

I also really like the Tamales Aguilar brand from HEB.
MsDoubleD81
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Thanks everyone!!
chloelee
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Jeanette 9794509200 you can text her- she is in Copperfield in Bryan

Not a fan of Tio Tamale - wanted to see what the hype was about - spent 15.00 and threw them away
Just my opinion....
halibut sinclair
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chloelee said:



Not a fan of Tio Tamale - wanted to see what the hype was about - spent 15.00 and threw them away
Just my opinion....
histag10
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I'm sure they are good, but, and this is a personal opinion, I would never put their information online in a public forum stating they make tamales. That's a great way to get someone massively fined by the health department (I'm assuming they are making them out of their home, which makes them illegal to sell).
Picadillo
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Sal's Garpez on Longmire
MsDoubleD81
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Well, I was outside putting up Christmas stuff and a car is slowly going down the street. A young girl and her mom were selling tamales. I bought a dozen chicken. They are really good and so is the green sauce! DM me if you want contact info! $15 a dozen.
kddub
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Costco has the best tamales.
phillytex24
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Mi Tienda at HEB are amazing. I love the chicken ones!
oldyeller
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phillytex24 said:

Mi Tienda at HEB are amazing. I love the chicken ones!


Are the ones sold hot from the deli simply reheated from the Mi Tienda vacuum packs in the refrigerated section, or made fresh by the deli? I've grabbed the hot ones from the deli before, and found them pretty good, but the vacuum packs are a little more convenient for planning ahead for guests.
histag10
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I'll add another one.

Ama's in Hearne has pretty phenomenal tamales. They have a good amount of filling, but are a bit more expensive than Noe's Kitchen on hwy 6 on the way to Hearne (was my other suggestion)
MsDoubleD81
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I've never seen hot ones at HEB.
WolfCall
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We get the frozen ones at Readfield. About $15.00 for thirty.
oldyeller
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MsDoubleD81 said:

I've never seen hot ones at HEB.


The HEB on Villa Maria has been selling them out of an ice chest near the check out, and also from sample stations around the store manned by folks from the deli counter. They also list them on their app, but also labeled as "Mi Tienda," which prompted my question, since the hot ones were pretty good.
michellecan
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Jesse's Taqueria is taking last call
the pit man
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chloelee said:

Jeanette 9794509200 you can text her- she is in Copperfield in Bryan

Not a fan of Tio Tamale - wanted to see what the hype was about - spent 15.00 and threw them away
Just my opinion....
She's the best,I just picked up another 4 doz about an hour ago
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