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Tamale House East, Austin

July 22, 2014 , ,

Juan, happy camper

Juan, happy camper

chilaquiles breakfast

chilaquiles breakfast

busy kitchen

busy kitchen

sweet

sweet

daily tomato use

daily tomato use

la tamalera

la tamalera

the kitchen

the kitchen

Another day in Austin, another fabulous place to eat!!!! My brunch experience at Tamale House East today was out of this world…. or at least out of my normal world.   I cook Mexican food and have made plenty of tamales myself but there is always a regional and personal style to every dish. I have a world wide competition on the best preparation of huevos rancheros (classic), chilaquiles (subject to MUCH interpretation), and nopalitos.  The contest got started when some of my friends in Tecate were bragging that they made the best nopalitos.  I said, “Well, let’s see.”  They would bring me different versions of their specialties, all delicious. I would declare a tie (what kind of fool would declare a winner when the nopalitos were still flowing?).  The tie in nopalitos continues, just in case some of my commadres read this.

They are not big on the nopalito thing in Texas, but the other two are to be found in abundance. Taking my landlady’s advice again I went to Tamale House East. This old establishment is popular with the hipsters.  When I arrived they were playing Mexican music.  When the hipster busboy arrived he switched to obscure rock, and the student clientele started to stream in the door, around 10 am.  Lots of places around here do not open until 11 because methinks the collegiates are still sleeping until that time.  The plates are large for the breakfast specials, and include some very good beans and a couple of hot flour tortillas.  I could have gotten corn tortillas, but did not request it, so I enjoyed what I had.  They gave up lard, like most restaurants these days, because most people are no longer into it.  They still make one pork tamale with lard, but vegetarians will not be ordering that anyhow.  The place is spacious, comfortable  and colorful.  The staff is friendly and attentive.  The real reason to come here, though, is for the food.  The tomatillo salsa was just right with my chilaquiles topped with an egg.  I tried both of the house salsas on offer because that is how you know if you like the place.  Both were outstanding.

I went to the kitchen to give my compliments to the ladies who made my food and was met with a very warm reception.  I discussed tamales with the tamalera, who is from Guerrero (the state where Acapulco is).  She was very cool and told me she makes green corn tamales at home.  This is a Sonoran specialty not often found outside our zone.  I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.  If you have never tasted tamales, this is a great place to start.  If you are like me, very selective about your Mexican food, you will be more than pleased with the authenticity, the ambiance, and most of all the cuisine.  Y’all come. You will not be disappointed.

 

 

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That chilaquiles is looking pretty heavenly Pam. I don’t eat much in the way of Huevos Rancheros because it’s been bastardized so much here in So. CA. Nopalitos.. not been on any menu I have seen that I could eat… ( I don’t drink beer) but the chilaquiles is great- though very subject to interpretation. I love the salsa you had. It sounds ideal.

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

July 23, 2014

I don’t drink beer either..I used to, but something just went wrong between me and beer and wine. I switched to cocktails and am fine.

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mermaidcamp

July 23, 2014

We visit there when the urge tells us we need Authentic Mexican food with a touch of Hot Spice!

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lobo

July 24, 2014

I only have a week left in which to taste it all..must return for tamales…I am always full around here…

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mermaidcamp

July 24, 2014

what happy looking people! This isn’t food I’ve ever tried, but it looks great

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London-Unattached.com

July 26, 2014

This is the new not so secret food destination in the US..exploding

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mermaidcamp

July 26, 2014

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