Tamale Time: 8 places to buy tamales in the Houston area this holiday season


Of course no one makes tamales like mom. But here are several spots around the Houston area to get tamales.

Alamo Tamale y Taco
If you haven’t tried them, there are a few locations around Houston. The most popular is the one in the north side of Houston on Berry Road. Make sure to bring cash—there’s a $10 minimum for credit card orders, plus a 4 percent surcharge.

Hot Tamales
The Hot Tamales food truck has been parked in Friendswood for years. It is a big white truck on FM 2351 that says, “Hot Tamales Since 1976.” The line for the holidays is usually a mile long, but it’s worth the wait.

Balderas Tamale Factory
The Northwest Houston restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to their tamales, they’re also known for their breakfast tacos.

Arandas Bakery
There are five Arandas Bakery locations in the Houston area, from Conroe all the way down to the Gulf Freeway. Arandas is an authentic, Mexican bakery that makes everything from scratch. They make more than 100 varieties of Mexican sweet bread each day.

Malena’s Catering
Malena makes her tamales homemade right out of her house in Dickinson. Pick-up orders can be ready in 15 minutes. Self-proclaimed tamale lovers wrote to ABC13 and said Malena’s tamales beat any restaurant or taco truck out there.

Los Toritos
The Los Toritos story began in 1991 when the Salazar family moved to Baytown from McAllen, Texas. They have since become known as the “Tamale Man” and “Tamale Lady,” and of course their children, the “Tamale Boy” and “Tamale Girl,” earned their titles, too. Another one of their trademarks is the green salsa for the tamales. The Baytown location is a full-service restaurant, while the Los Toritos in Pasadena serves tamales only.

Tamales Dona Tere
The tamales from Dona Tere are hearty, delicious and full size. There are five Houston-area locations to choose from, including one in Katy.

Texas Tamale Company
If you’re in a hurry, Texas Tamale Company’s tamales are the easiest to get. You can find them at dozens of grocery stores around town, and also their store near The Galleria. Use the locator on their site to find out if they are in a nearby grocery store.

From ABC13

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  1. Ice Barn (15910 Old Richmond Rd Sugar Land) the Taqueria is truly amazing. I am a vendor, doing 4 or 5 events weekly. The majority of these events have food trucks. I have compared Ice Barn’s with food trucks and mexican restaurants and there is such a difference. Authentic, fresh, full of flavor and they are affordable. They are not out to get your last dollar, you can bring the whole family out and not bust your budget. Ice Barn is a gem tucked away in. Foir Corners. If you want consistent, good food, give them a try.

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