It seems that most people tell me to get tacos at the Tamale Place, which I did, but I felt obligated to try one of the tamales as well. I mean, it is their name right? They have these little “tamale sliders” which are just mini tamales. Seemed like a good compromise. I had a spicy pork and cheese slider ($1.75) and a spicy chicken taco ($2.99). The lady at the register told me it was one of the most popular.
Well, I really liked the taco. So all of you who had been telling me to try them were right. The chicken was marinated and had a smoky chipotle flavor and was very tender. They give you a ton of meat to corn tortilla ratio though, so after a couple of bites, and the fact that I was wearing a white shirt, I moved on to knife and fork. It was topped with fresh cilantro and diced onions, giving it some fresh crunch and extra flavor. I had the mild salsa along with it, which was tasty for seasoning and a little extra moisture. I also used a bit of sour cream and guac with it (you can get 2 oz sides for $.25 and $.80 respectively). I had the spicy guac and it had a fair amount of jalapeno in it. It was fresh and tasty.
The truth is, with tamales, I have never had one that really sticks out in my mind as being really amazing. I just don’t think they are totally my thing. This one was fine as far as they go—it had a lot of pork and cheese mixed in with the masa, but just no real hook for me. A little sour cream was nice with it. Maybe it’s the uniform texture or something, but I would stick to tacos here. And I would definitely go back for some more tacos. I would like to try all the flavors. So tell me, which ones are your favorites?
The Tamale Place
222 East Market Street