Nothing comes quite close to the scrumptious taste of tamales drenched in your favorite salsa. For so many people here in Houston, tamales are a food that goes hand-in-hand with the holidays, whether they are wrapped in corn husks or banana leafs. From Mexico to Colombia there are about as many different varieties of this Christmas food staple as there are cultures in Latin America.
The local demand for tamales can be pretty huge around this time, especially given all the holiday parties leading up to -- and including -- Christmas dinner. So it's a good idea to buy your tamales early (you can even buy them pre-made and frozen at some local grocery stores).
As the clock ticks down to Christmas Day, tamales are sure to be flying out of restaurant kitchens, if you prefer to buy them by the dozen. That means you don’t have much time before restaurants run out, and super-market freezers run empty of the best frozen options.
For those who can't help but be last-minute about things during the holidays, from shopping, to wrapping presents, to yes ... buying tamales, here's a short guide to help you track some down before your next Christmas party or dinner.
Picos’ will be selling a limited selection of its famous tamales everyday leading up to Christmas from its annual tamale stand. You can spot the stand in the parking lot as you're pulling in. If you’re in the mood for authentic flavors from Mexico, this is the place to try banana-leaf wrapped Oaxacan tamales. You can thank us later.
Picos is located at 3601 Kirby Drive. For more information on the menu, visit the website.
Spanish Village is offering homemade tamales filled with your choice of beans or chicken. While walk-in orders are optional, tamales are being made on an as-needed basis, so hurry because we’re told dozens are being bought at a time.
Spanish Village is located at 4720 Almeda Rd. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. For more information, call 713-360-7792, or visit the website.
Tamales are going fast, and this might be your last chance to grab some from Tamales Don Pepe before they run out leading up to Christmas. This is the place to go for authentic, from-scratch Mexican cuisine.
Tamales Don Pepe is located at 3816 Link Valley. Tamales will be made on an as-needed basis during Christmas week, and they will be closed Christmas Day. For more information, call (281) 846-6195, or visit the site.
From juicy caliente shrimp, to original Teotihuacan Parrillada, Teotihuacan is more than just a reliable spot to grab tamales alongside your delectable meal. It is a high-end restaurant with an exemplary menu. Though only its Airline Drive location offers tamales. Get them while you can.
Teotihuacan is located at 1511 Airline Blvd. They will be open all day on Christmas Eve. For more information call (713) 426-4420, or visit the website.
You couldn’t possibly go wrong with Xochi’s tamales. Every bite is a burst of flavor specially made by award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega, and the H Town Restaurant Group culinary team. Whether you eat in-house or order to-go, you are sure to be satisfied with your choice.
Located at 1777 Walker Street, Suite A, Xochi will be open Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas. For more information call 713-400-3330 to ask about the menu, or visit the website.
This is as good a choice as any if Mexican tamales are a must at your holiday repast. While Ninfas may be known for their fajitas, they are about as H-town as it gets when you think of holiday tamales. It's one of those generational spots that people have been getting their authentic Mexican food fix from for decades. Ninfas is a classic choice for a boisterous Tex-Mex meal with your friends and family. Not only are the chicken adobo salad, suiza enchiladas, and garlic butter tampico shrimp more than delicious, but their tamales are just as tasty.
Ninfas has two locations at 2704 Navigation Blvd and 1700 Post Oak Blvd. They will be closed Christmas Day. To learn more about the menu and store, call (713) 228-1175, or visit the website.