THE TAMALE GETS A MAKEOVER
The Tamale Place owners Angela Green and Vladimir Ronces opened a new location this week for their Mexican feel good tamale store. More precisely, they shut the doors on the original location and moved everything into a freshly built-out space just 500 feet to the east! Located in the strip near the corner of Rockville and Lynhurst roads, the new location looks like a clean and tidy retail front with a lots of elbow room for making their huge tamales.
Get there early or be disappointed. The tamale selection changes daily and the early bird gets to pick. People come for the large menu of various mild, spicy, vegetarian and dessert tamales though large tortas, tacos and seasonal favorites (pozole and atole in winter and fresh elote in summer) round out the menu. Know for their great tasting fresh masa and corn tortillas, the take home sized bag of tortilla chips are thick and crunchy favorites.
The current menu is available on their website and includes traditional favorites such as poblano and cheese, pork in red sauce and chicken in mole as well as delicious new favorites such as thin cigar sized pork and beef Cubans, medium red pork Recession Tamales and dessert tamales of pineapple and raisin, pumpkin or chocolate.
The Tamale Place is known for serving up big tamales with generous amounts of meat. Too much meat if you ask me. My Hot and Spicy pork (which was neither hot nor spicy mind you) and my Chicken Verde had way too much meat on them to appreciate the masa… hey guys…I’m in it for the corn taste too!
My favorite are the smaller Cuban tamales. They’re succulent, the right mix of meat to masa and are perfectly tasty. The Poblano and Cheese are also wonderful and gain from the moisture and salt of the cheese. The Chipotle Beef were ok…a little under-seasoned but moist. The Lil’ Red Sweetie dessert tamales made me chuckle as I bit into the yummy bright red colored sugar and masa cake.
Congrats on the move guys. The new digs are nice. I hope this means business is booming and that we might see a few more of you popping up around town.
Tamales for world peace.